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Utility Box Artist Roster - Sarah Friesen

Artist statement

Creative but logical best defines Sarah’s approach to her art. She understands that every piece created has unique requirements that need to be addressed with a keen eye to detail, without losing sight of the project as a whole. She believes in the importance of design on all scales and is driven by art’s ability to positively affect the environment in which we live. She is often inspired by her local surroundings, and frequently partakes in long walks along the river pathways and Calgary cityscape. She believes that creating work that is displayed in the public realm is a way to give back to the community, and further perpetuate local conversation and inspiration.


Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Poppies
  • Guitar
  • Fish Creek
  • Flowers Part 2
  • Flowers Part 1

Artist bio

After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008 with a Bachelors in Design, Sarah Friesen has been employed full time as a graphic designer in the private sector, while creating custom artwork for select clients independently at the same time. She is a creative thinker, well versed in the areas of layout, concept design and illustration. Sarah understands the importance of bridging technical requirements with creative and contextually relevant solutions.


Community engagement

The community will be engaged through a visioning workshop. This will entail an overall question and answer survey to explore themes and idea generation. Ideally this would take place on an evening or weekend when more members of the community would be free to participate. Utilizing the relevant Community Association (CA) to put out a public notice for this workshop, people will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the project and voice their ideas.

From the results generated at the visioning workshop an idea will be generated to be placed on the utility box. Progress of the artwork can be shared through the CA’s social media site.

Read more about the Utility Box public art program.