Sarah Jane Lapp has worked with film and visual art for the last two decades. Her experimental non-fiction films and hand-drawn animations often connect labor, comic personae and the religious imagination. Her work has been supported by Fulbright Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Artslink, Jerome Foundation, Alpert Award in the Arts, Ucross, Washington State, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Seekonk Arts Council, and the City of Seattle. Currently she is distributing her project "Sweetface," a 16mm film that evolved from her production of 1,000 sugar packets by hand. Sarah Jane began her education at Brown University where she earned a BA in Playwriting. She then moved to Prague as a Fulbright Scholar and studied film production at Filmova a Televizni Fakulta Academie Muzickych Umeni in addition to being an animation apprentice at Studio Bratri v Triku. She received her MFA from the Department of Filmmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago and has held teaching appointments at Wellesley and Harvard. She currently makes her home in Massachusetts.
Fellowships: Massachusetts Cultural Council (2013),Santa Fe Art Institute (2011), Seattle City Artist’s Grant (2010), Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Media Grant (2007), the Alpert Award in the Arts/UCross Residency Award (2007), The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2007 -in collaboration with Mark Dresser), Artist Trust Gap Grant (2004), the MacDowell Colony (2001, 2000) a Jerome Foundation New York Media Grant (2000), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Grant (2000), Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts (2000), the Atlantic Center Center for the Arts/Civitella Ranieri (2000), and an Artslink/CEC International Partners Media Grant (1997 with Jenny Perlin).
Galleries/Representation: Galerie Altes Rathaus Musberg/Katja Goldbeck Horz and Berthold Naumann, Aimee Friberg, and Seventh Art Releasing in the USA.
Across the Pond
- Featured on Bettina Munk's and Björn Hegardt's Lines Fiction, June 2012
- Galerie Berthold Naumann announcement, May 8, 2009
- Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 6, 2009
- Sarah Jane Lapp in Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 5, 2006 (PDF)
- Modern Art in Alten Rathaus, Filder wochenblatt, April 6, 2006 (PDF)
Across the Country
- Boston Hassle, SKYJELLY – “The 6 Is Silent”
- San Diego Reader, Mark Dresser: Defining the Solo Contrabass at UCSD
- Jazz Messengers, Synastry
- Outside-Inside-Out, Christmas Gift Suggestions for that Avant Garde Lover in Your Life
- Robert Bush's response to "Nourishments"
- Seattlest, October 20, 2009, I Wanna be a Professional Eulogist
- The New York Times, A Film Festival for a Jewish World That Spans the Globe, by A.O. Scott
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 15, 2007, The artist lineup for Tacoma Art Museum's Northwest Biennial is irresistible
- The Enterprise, October 1, 2008, Lapp Exhibit at Anderson Center
- The Stranger, September 10, 2008, 2008 Stranger Genius Awards Shortlist: Film
- La Trobe University, Screening the Past, What Should I Make Up? An inquiry into autobiography. Interview with Sarah Jane Lapp.