About Me


Sally Garner is a young artist located in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up knowing she would become an artist, and went on to earn a BFA in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. During her time there, she realized that her artwork could be driven by her craft of crocheting. Sally has been crocheting since 2009 and started to teach the craft in 2014. Today, Sally creates crocheted installations using non-traditional fibers to create works that incorporate both the nostalgia associated with traditional crocheting and the contemporary appeal for artwork that abstracts metaphors and enchants the senses.

Alongside her installation work, Sally enjoys creating with many other mediums, including weaving, traditional crochet and knitting, photography, and painting with watercolor. 



2013            BFA, Studio Art, with concentration in Sculpture, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
2012            Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy (art and art history/business courses)

Academic Scholarships/Awards

2013            Graduated with Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Art, Distinction in Honors, and as a University Research Scholar
2013            Recipient of Silva Billue Memorial Wood Scholarship
2009           Recipient of UNC Asheville Laurel Scholarship and Christopher Lee Holder Memorial Scholarship


2016            Solo Exhibition A Memory Rewound, the Satellite Gallery, Asheville, NC
2016            Collaboration Wight, Interlude, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Asheville, NC
                    (performance installation in collaboration with Emmallee Hunnicutt and Amy Hamilton)
2015            Solo Exhibition A Memory Rewound, Waters Gallery, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC
2015            Costume Drama: A Fashion Show, Asheville Community Theatre, Asheville, NC; 1st Place Category (Tape) Winner, popular vote
2015            ArtFields® 2015, The Stables at The Inn at the Crossroads, Lake City, SC (catalogue);
                    Florence Regional Arts Alliance Solo Exhibition Award, presented in collaboration with the Florence County Museum
2015            Collaboration Xəyalları (40Hz), {Re}Happening, Black Mountain, NC
                    (performance installation in collaboration with Daniel Sabio, Chryssha Guidry and Meláni G. Glassman)
2013            Solo Exhibition Rewind and Press Play, Highsmith Art + Intercultural Gallery, Asheville, NC
2012            Annual Art Front Members Exhibition, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011             Annual Art Front Members Exhibition, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011             UNCA’s 44th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Asheville, NC; Juror’s Choice Award; Kate Silvio, Juror

Published Artworks

2015            Sophie Magazine, Asheville, NC, August 2015, pp. 16-17
2015            ArtFields® 2015 Accepted Artists Catalog, p. 84, 230.
2011             Headwaters Magazine, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC, three photographs, pp. 55-57,
                    (one awarded Kenneth Noland Art Award)

Teaching Experience

2015            Instructor, Inventive Crochet, Florence County Museum, two-day workshop in conjunction with A Memory Rewound, Florence, SC
2015            Visiting Artist, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (one day workshop on sculptural crochet)
2015            Instructor, Crocheting and Knitting, Michael’s Arts and Craft Store, Asheville, NC; ongoing
2014            Teaching Assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
                     (course: Painting in Yarn; Crochet as Art [Jo Hamilton, artist, Portland, OR], June 15-21)
2014            Visiting Artist, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (one day workshop on sculptural crochet)

Artist Talks

2015            Lunch & Learn with Artist Sally Garner, Waters Gallery, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC, July 22


Hayley Benton, "Weave your own memories: Artist questions the scenes in her mind," Citizen Times, June 2, 2016. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/entertainment/arts/2016/06/02/weave-your-own-memories-artist-questions-scenes-her-mind/84979852/
Hayley Benton, "Top 5 things to do: Memories and markets, music and movies," Citizen Times, June 2, 2016. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/entertainment/events/2016/06/02/top-5-things-do-memories-and-markets-music-and-movies/84989814/
Shonie Kuykendall, "Artists & Spaces: Sally Garner, Fiber and Textile Artist in Asheville, North Carolina," Asheville Folk, May 23, 2016. http://www.ashevillefolk.com/-blog/2016/5/23/sallygarner-fibertextile-artist-in-asheville-north-carolina
"Florence Regional Arts Alliance in SC Offers Works by Sally C. Garner," Carolina Arts, Vol. 19, No. 8, p. 28, August 2015. http://www.carolinaarts.com/815/815carolinaarts-pg28.pdf
Shamira McCray, "Be kind, rewind: Asheville's Sally Garner exhibit explores change in memories," Morning News, Section B (Pee Dee Currents), p. 1, July 16, 2015
Lauryn Higgins, "10 Questions with Local Artists Jason Rafferty + Sally Garner," AshevilleGrit, February 12, 2015. http://ashevillegrit.com/10-questions-local-artists-jason-rafferty-sally-garner

Published Writings

Rewind and Press Play: An Installation on Memory Distortions, Journal of Undergraduate Research, University of North Carolina (Asheville, NC: 2014): 82-93. https://sites.google.com/a/unca.edu/unc-asheville-journal/2014