Alison Saar (b. 1956) was born in Los Angeles and she received her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA and in 1981 her MFA from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. She grew up in an artistic environment, with her mother the artist Betye Saar and her father who was an illustrator and art conservationist. Through her sculpture, drawings, and prints, Saar explores the subjects of racism, sexism, ageism and the challenges of being bi-racial in America. She has been awarded many distinguished grants and honors and residencies including the Studio Museum in Harlem and awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Guggenheim Foundation. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, NYC where she was selected for the 1993 biennial.