Sabrina Gschwandtner's artwork, comprised of film, video, photography, and textiles, has been exhibited in the United States as well as internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Her work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Cabinet, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Der Standard, and on NPR and Bloomberg News, among other media outlets and scholarly publications.
She has been awarded residencies at Wave Hill (2012), the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS, 2009), the Museum of Arts and Design (2009), and the MacDowell Colony (2004, 2007, and 2016). She recently received a 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship.
Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the RISD Museum; the Mint Museum, and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, among many other public and private collections worldwide.
She has lectured on her artwork and on themes of feminism, handcraft, film, and textiles at art schools and universities in the US and abroad including Harvard University; Rhode Island School of Design; Maryland Institute College of Art; Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London; Museum of World Culture, Sweden, and the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, among many others. She has taught courses in fine art, writing about art, craft theory, and textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, and New York University.
From 2002-7 she edited and published the 'zine KnitKnit, which is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University.
Gschwandtner was born in Washington D.C. in 1977 to an Austrian father and American mother. Her last name is pronounced "Gish-wandt-ner." She received a BA with honors in art/semiotics from Brown University, where she studied with media artist Leslie Thornton. She studied video with VALIE EXPORT in Salzburg, Austria, and she received her MFA from Bard College. She lived in New York City from 2000 - 2015, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and son.