See My Art, Inc. Board of Directors
Sara Balbin – President
My focus as a professional artist and art’s advocate is deeply rooted in my Cuban born heritage and daily immersion in the inspirational Chequamegon forested environment of my home in northwestern Wisconsin. Having earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Art Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, I am a registered art therapist with the State and National Credential Boards. Since 1987 I have worked from my Dragonfly Studio/Gallery on Blue Moon Road in Drummond, Wisconsin. My commissions have come from museums, colleges, businesses, town governments, tribal entities, nonprofit organizations and private individuals. My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Humanities Committee, EAA Aviation Museum, Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, as well as foundations, and patrons of the arts. As an artist, it is my long friendship with the Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) community of Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO), the Anishinaabe, that inspired my most historical work. The LCO Tribal Government commissioned thirty-two tribal elder oil portraits representative of the generational heritage of the First People. With biographies and illuminating essays, which I co-authored, my art was shared in the book Spirit of the Ojibwe; Images of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders, published in 2012. Since its inception, I have served on the Board of Directors to the Cable-Namakagon Historical Museum as curator. My activity as an advocate across a large region has helped open new opportunities for artists. As founder and first president of the Cable Hayward Area Regional Arts Council (CHARAC), I helped bring a focus for community arts activities to Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, and Washburn counties. In 2008, I co-founded See My Art, Inc. (SMART), which acquired a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation status in 2012. I am passionately aligned with SMART’s mission of “Unlocking Doors and Opening Minds through Art”. In January, 2020, I was honored by the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters as a Fellow, celebrating their 150th year Anniversary. The Academy, whose mission is to gather, share, and act upon knowledge for the betterment of Wisconsin, recognized my accomplishments as an artist, art therapist, author and community activist. I closely adhere to their guiding values of: Curiosity, Critical thinking, Creativity and Civil discourse. To learn more about the Wisconsin Academy visit: https://www.wisconsinacademy.org . For further details of my life’s work in the arts visit https://sarabalbin.com . I’m honored to work with my kind and compassionate fellow Board Members, and the SMART volunteers who remain dedicated to the organization’s mission and vision.
“Unlocking Doors and Opening Minds through Art”