Sara Griffin

2023 Winner

“I am honoured. Being an artist often takes one down a winding, arduous road, but recognition such as this one confirms that I am indeed on the right track and inspires me to persevere to make and share my art. A huge thank you to the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund for recognizing the need for New Brunswick artists and the value they bring to our community.” Sara

Sara Griffin, from Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University (2001), a Bachelor of Education from UNB (2010), and a Diploma of Ceramics from New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD, 2023).

Highlights of her career include residencies in Pietrasanta, Italy (stone-carving, 2001), Malaspina’s Printmaker’s Society in Vancouver, BC (printing Lithographs, 2006), and teaching English in Japan (2007-2009.) Sara has exhibited internationally, curated exhibitions and learning programmes in Eastern Canada, and serves as studio manager for several large-scale mural projects. Griffin is an active arts advocate and served as the former Executive Director of ArtsLink NB. She then returned to her native island of Grand Manan, teaching art in the public school system, as well as facilitating several sizeable public art educational programs, such as the Grand Manan Green Initiative, using student artwork in a campaign to improve the island’s recycling capacities. Griffin is now using the culmination of her education and experience in her business to create production lines, one-of-a-kind ceramics, paintings, and sculptures. She lives in Fredericton, NB, and pursues a full-time art practice.

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