March 1, 2019

Sara Balbin named an Outstanding Alumna of UW-Superior

Sara Balbin left, with Nick Trimner, chair of the UW-Superior Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Sara Balbin left, with Nick Trimner, chair of the UW-Superior Alumni Association Board of Directors.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the university’s Alumni Association has named 25 Outstanding Alumni. In this group of notable graduates and students is artist, writer, and arts leader Sara Balbin of Drummond, Wis.

Balbin earned her bachelor’s degree in 1973 and master’s degree in 1975 at UW-Superior. She is northern Wisconsin’s most recognized visual artist, with commissioned works of metal sculpture for Cable Natural History Museum, American Birkebeiner, Northland College, Wisconsin DNR, and many others. Balbin was commissioned to paint portraits of LCO tribal elders which were published in the book “Spirit of the Ojibwe” in 2012. She was a founder of the Cable-Hayward Area Regional Arts Council (CHARAC) and a leader in the effort to convert Hayward’s Park Theatre, now the Park Center, as a community performance center. Balbin’s work as an art therapist resulted in the founding of two organizations, Ventures Unlimited of Hayward and New Horizons North of Ashland, as well as See My Art, Inc. (SMART), a non-profit corporation supporting people with disabilities through art, where she currently serves as president.

Balbin and her fellow new inductees were added to the roll of Outstanding Alumni created in 1993 for the UW-Superior Centennial. Bios for the 25 Outstanding Alumni and a full listing of the original 100 may be viewed at uwsuper.edu/125Alumni.     

The Alumni Association, with a history of more than 100 years, fosters lifelong pride and loyalty among alumni, students and friends of UW-Superior. During the anniversary year, the association is sponsoring a series of Alumni Forums on the university’s history and roles, and the publication of a commemorative anniversary book.

Sara Balbin left, with Nick Trimner, chair of the UW-Superior Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Sara Balbin left, with Nick Trimner, chair of the UW-Superior Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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