Sarah Paulsen is an artist and animator from St. Louis, MO. With art projects ranging from social justice animations and community portraits, to parades and murals, she is inspired by the communities she has met living in Missouri and traveling in the U.S. and abroad. She earned a BA in Spanish and BFA in Painting at University of Missouri-Columbia and received an MFA from Washington University in 2007. Since then, she has spent time studying art-making and culture, formally and informally, in Europe, South America, and Mexico. This has included collaborative residencies with her partner Cameron Fuller at the Cite des Arts in Paris, University of Kentucky-Lexington, and Forsyth School. Going into her ninth year as the resident artist at Marian Middle School, she is a devoted educator and teaches with St. Louis Community College, SLAM, and CAM. She is a 2010 CAT fellow, with community projects including: founding the People’s Joy Parade and coordinating SGCI Cherokee. She was named the 2010 RFT Best Local Artist. Recently she received grants from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, R.A.C., CALOP, and Critical Mass to fund the production of her film Elegy to Connie. Her animations and artworks have been viewed at locations across the U.S. She was a recipient of the 2014 RAC Artist Fellowship.