Sarah Sweetwater

The Sarah Winnemucca bronze, one of four national finalists chosen form 17 entries for display in the Hall of Statuary in Washington, D.C., came to the artist in a dream. “She was standing with one foot on the river rock, a symbol of her native life, and the other on a sawn-off timber, emblematic of the white man’s world. She was forever in that space between two cultures. Her space is as powerful as the space between notes and although she was suspended there, she fearlessly fought to correct the wrongs in the world.” Of her work, Sarah says, “My work has metaphor and private meaning. Bringing my history and passions to making art is part of the job. The other portion comes form viewers who bring their own meanings to a piece.”  Sarah retired Professor Emeritus form Great Basin College following 36 years of teaching Art and Education and Travel. Her business, Signs of Life, LLC, creates custom designed headstones, monuments and memorials that are located in private and public spaces. The 9-ton Veteran’s Memorial at Elko County Courthouse, memory wall in the Quiet Garden at Great Basin College, the stone and steel mural in the Reno Courthouse, a 45-foot brick Labyrinth in Ely, Nevada, and a 67-foot Labyrinth with granite center and amphitheater at the Elko Peace Park comprise a few of her public art works in Nevada. Her stone and bronze pieces are found in many collections in the United States. Sweetwater’s contributions to the California Trail Interpretive Center include one of her statues of Sarah Winnemucca on display in the Great Basin Room, and the Founder’s Memorial bas-relief plaque in the lobby.