Sarah Hobbs

The Walker Evans Focus Fellowship

Sarah Hobbs

The Walker Evans Focus Fellowship is awarded to an artist photographing the American South.

June 20 - July 10

About Sarah

Sarah Hobbs’s work is an ongoing exploration of the neurotic tendencies that exist in us all. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia and holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been included in several group shows across the country. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012.

Statement by Artist:

A desire to construct psychological space has always been the driving force behind my work. My intent is to explore the human psyche and illustrate the idea that we are all beautifully flawed. I construct installations in private spaces specifically to photograph them. 
    I am fascinated by how we come to see ourselves, see others, and how others may come to see us through our quirks. My work illustrates how we relate to others and the world at large, how our traits affect other people, and how the world affects us given our various traits. Further, I am examining our attempts to manage our issues ourselves, and the inevitable pitfalls these efforts create. 
It is ultimately the viewer who completes this work. There can be a comfort in recognizing that one is not the only person with such a problem. However, there is discomfort in the possibility of being face to face with an aspect of oneself that is in general negative. Each piece is a kind of self-test. 


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at