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Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellow 2021: Sabrina Barilone

Sabrina Barilone has spent close to 20 years teaching art to Atlanta and Macon-area school children. One of her great satisfactions is watching them fulfill their creative potential beyond her classroom. This summer, she takes on her own artistic growth as an Arrowmont student during her Bill Griffith Art Educator Fellowship.

“As a 3-D artist, I felt it would be a good practice to get out of my comfort zone and try out a 2-D class. Even as the least skilled student in this class, I always felt welcome and supported by my classmates and the instructors.”

Sabrina has found Arrowmont to be more than an opportunity to explore new media. It has been a respite.

“After a difficult year of teaching during the pandemic, I felt I could begin the healing process as I sat in class. As I closed out the most challenging year of my 19 years of teaching, I was filled with excitement at the thought of fully immersing myself in art with the only concern is remembering to get to the dining hall for meal service.  You work so intensely that you forget you are tucked away behind a major tourist strip. At Arrowmont you get to commune with other artist, students of all experience levels but equally passionate about art.”

The Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellowship offers a one-month residency to a K-12 art educator and includes tuition, lodging and meals, studio, and travel. The Fellowship was established to recognize the contributions of Arrowmont long-time program director, Bill Griffith. Bill is a ceramicist, educator, and currently University and Outreach Liaison at Arrowmont.

The Fellowship gives art teachers a chance to experience workshops and immerse themselves in their studio practice. It is a chance to recharge their creative batteries and connect with other artists. Sabrina said, “Arrowmont stands out as a teacher looking for new techniques and practices to add into the curriculum. There is big difference between taking a course at your community art center.”

“At Arrowmont you will be taught by experts in their field that can be described as generous, patience and will take the time to work with you individually because they genuinely want you to succeed.”

Sabrina Barilone graduated from Georgia State University in 2002 with a BFA in art education, concentrating on ceramic sculpture, Summa Cum Laude. She taught at Norton Park Elementary in Smyrna, GA for 15 years, followed by three years at Central Fine Arts and IB Magnet High School in Macon, GA before returning to teach in Cobb County Public Schools. She goes above and beyond as an arts educator, applying for grants and partnering with organizations such as the High Museum of Art, Tubman Museum, Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta Ballet and Symphony to bring art experiences to her students. An active studio artist, Barilone exhibits her work regularly and has taken workshops at Arrowmont, Penland, and Santa Fe Clay. She presents regularly at the Georgia Art Education Association Conference, and recently completed a residency at the Hambidge Center in 2020. While residing in Macon, Barilone served as vice-chair on the City of Macon’s Inaugural Public Arts Commission.

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