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Sarah Chenault


Master's Degree
  • Class of 2011
  • Master's Degree(s): Latin American Studies MA
While At UCLA

Study Abroad:
UC Cuba Academic Initiative

Social Chair-- LAS Social Sciences Representative for Latin American Studies

UC-Cuba Academic Initiative Mini-Grant Graduate Research: 360º- A Brief Archeological Perspective on the Murals of Los Angele

Grad Thesis:
Exploring the manifestation of spirit in dimensions of Afro Cuban musicality: An exploration of West African dance characteristics and musical traditions in contemporary Salsa Dance practice at the UC-Cuba Academic Initiative Graduate Student Conference and Workshop

View research paper, thesis, or dissertation: 53rguj1q_kro.pdf

After UCLA

Since 2013/2014 I have been working as a Museum Preparator and also Curatorial and Research Assistant for the PST:LALA exhibition Axé Bahia at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. This show opens September 24th with an opening party on the 23rd. Come celebrate with us!

I also design a line of jewelry by the name of Aull Things ( I have always combined metals with nature in some way in my art making process. The venture into jewelry making began in January of 2013. As a transplant to Los Angeles from Texas, I have been fascinated by the flora in this state. There are so many woody objects to collect that fall from the trees. Each one is a piece of art in itself and I aim to draw out the visuality of the complexity of these items by adorning them with gold. My material is at my fingertips in my very own neighborhood and I like to think that using these otherwise forgotten bits of nature eases my impact on the environment.

CV/Resume: ttb0b0jl_drx.pdf

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