About the Artist
Sarah Fagan is co-founder and teacher with The Art Local. She holds a BA in English and Art from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA and a post-baccalaureate certificate from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. In Oregon, Sarah taught children and adult art classes from 2009-2017, and was a co-owner of the cooperative gallery Blackfish. Sarah received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since taught at both UT and St. Edward's University. She has exhibited work across the US, and has attended several residency programs including the year-long appointment as Umbrella Arts Artist in Residence in Concord, MA.
Renee Lai is co-founder and teacher with The Art Local. She holds a BA in English and Studio Art with honors from Dartmouth College, in Hanover NH, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Lai also studied at the New York Studio School. She now teaches drawing at St. Edward's. Lai’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has work in the permanent collection of Dartmouth College. She most recently was an artist in residence at the Line Hotel, courtesy of Big Medium.
The Art Local runs real-time online art classes taught by college professors and professional artists. Our mission is to fill an educational niche for art lovers — that space between enrolling in a college art course and attending a one-off pottery workshop. Sarah Fagan and Renee Lai are working artists and art professors based in Austin, TX who love to work with dedicated individuals and groups seeking instruction in drawing, painting, design, and other forms of the visual arts. Our focus is online live education. We decided to start this organization after talking to our university students in Austin, TX. We realized that there weren't many ways for alum to continue a serious pursuit of art after college, or find an art community. We hope that The Art Local can fill both of those needs: provide a space to learn and engage the mind, as well as meet new friends -- whether you went to college and majored in art or not.