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Sara Hendren, MDes.

Sara Hendren poses in a winter wonderland

Artist, Designer and Researcher in Residence

Milas Hall Library (Lower Level)


MDes. (with distinction), Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard Graduate School of Design
M.A., European History, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Studio Art, Wheaton College


Adaptive and Assistive Technologies
Accessible Architecture
Disability Studies
Social Design and Public Art Practices
Art-engineering hybrids


Lincoln City Fellowship
Fulbright Scholar


Sara Hendren is Artist, Designer and Researcher in residence at Olin. Her work includes assistive and adaptive technologies, social design projects, and mixed media collaborations that engage technology and the human body. Combining disability studies with critical design, her practice is a restless mix of engineering and the arts in pursuit of sharper questions about human capacity, worth, and interdependence.  

In 2017-18, she is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, the recipient of a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Logan Non-Fiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, all in support of her first book on the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design, forthcoming from Riverhead/Penguin. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

At Olin, she is also the Principal Investigator for the Sketch Model initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, designed to bring three years of programming and partnerships with practitioner in the arts and humanities to Olin students and faculty.

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