Sarah Hempel Irani is a dynamic and inspiring speaker who shares her experiences and perspective on a variety of topics relating to art, faith, and motherhood. Ms. Hempel Irani's speaking style is organic and vulnerable, sharing her failures as much as her triumphs.
Ms. Hempel Irani combines knowledge gained in her formal studies of Classical Language and Literature and Medieval & Renaissance Art History with her experiences in life and in the studio. She weaves tales from library, the studio, and the kitchen to present a message tailored to your audience that is both erudite and relatable.
"Dual Vocations: Motherhood and Art"
“Sacred Sculpture: the Work and the Artist"
"The Nude in Art"
August 1, 2016
Award-winning, classically-trained sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani opens her studio for a conversation with Katy Giebenhain from Seminary Ridge Review. She specializes in sacred art and portraiture and works in clay, plaster, bronze, and marble. She has stood at the chalk “x” marking the spot where Michelangelo stood when selecting Carrara marble. Hempel Irani works from live models with oil-based clay and armatures. She studied Fine Art and Classical Studies at Hillsdale College with sculptor Anthony Frudakis and was apprenticed to Jay Hall Carpenter, former Artist-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. Her M.A. in Humanities is from Hood College Graduate School, with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.