2013   M.F.A. summa cum laude, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2008-11 Post-baccalaureate study, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2003   B.F.A. magna cum laude, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Faculty Experience

2016-present Academic Advisor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2014-16 Instructor, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

2012-14 Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2011-12 Teaching Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Other Professional Experience

2007-11 Senior Geological Technician, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2006-07 Site Identification Support Assistant II, Kentucky Heritage Council, Frankfort, KY

Awards and Grants

2018 Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Graduate Research Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University

2012-13 Graduate School Thesis Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University

2012 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Award, Virginia Commonwealth University

2011-12 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University

2003 Swedish Women’s Educational Association Project Grant

2002 Vicki Papermaking Award, Printmaking Department, Washington University in St. Louis

2000 Frogman’s Press Award, Washington University in St. Louis

1999-2003 Conway Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis


New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, 2019-20

Paper Planes, Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 2018

Perversion of Form, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2017

Material Issue, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY, 2016

Rock Candy, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2016

Problematica, Solo Exhibition, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY, 2015-16

Pilchuck Emerging Artists in Residence Show, Schack Art Center, Everett, Washington, 2015

MFA Juried ExhibitionUrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Almost Famous 2013, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2013

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2013

Alternate Worlds, FAB Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2013

Almost Famous 2012, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2012

Pause, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2012

The National Juried Handmade Paper Art Show, 2003-2005

Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Stop and Ink, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2002

Take with Food, MOSSA Center, St. Louis, MO, 2002


Amy Ritchie Johnson, "The Virtue of Dissent," ext. 1708, November 28, 2017.

KMAC Museum exhibition catalog, "Material Issue," July 1, 2016.

Dakota Sexton, “Voices: Sarah Briland,” American Craft magazine, April/May 2016. 

Caroline Cobb Wright, "Sarah Briland: Problematica," UrbanGlass, November 18, 2015.

Sheila Pepe, MFA Exhibition, Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, no. 134, Spring 2014. 

New Glass Review 35, Corning Museum of Glass, 2014.

Megan Zalecki, Energy and Motion, Richmond Arts Review, June 17, 2013.

Lectures, Workshops, Residencies

2019 Artist-in-Residence, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

2018 Visiting Artist, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2018   Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

2016   Visiting Artist, Craft/Material Studies Senior Seminar and Graduate Seminar, Virginia Commonwealth University, February 27 & March 2.

2015   Introduction to Japanese Papermaking, Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, May 30-31.

2014  "Transforming Material: Working in Paper and Glass," Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, December 8.

2014  Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, September 22-November 14.

2014  Teaching Assistant to Sayaka Suzuki, Glass Casting, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, June 22-July 4.


Frances Lewis, Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation, Richmond, VA

Professional Organizations

College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)