Sam Eiler's family realized he was an artist at three years old, when his mother found him carving SpongeBob SquarePants into their dining room table. Eiler (b. 2002) continues to be inspired by illustrated characters and works in a wide variety of two and three-dimensional mediums, including drawing, ceramics, and puppet-making. Eiler's work with puppets has evolved from a simple sock turned Kermit to fully realized personalities made with a variety of conventional and non-conventional materials.
Eiler has been a studio artist at SAGE Studio since December 2018.
Located in a refurbished trailer at East Austin's Canopy, SAGE (Supporting Artists' Growth and Entrepreneurship) Studio is a studio and gallery space that provides artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities the materials, space, and support to produce, exhibit, and sell their artwork.
It is SAGE Studio's mission to increase the visibility of artists with disabilities within Austin's vibrant arts community, enabling them to become meaningful contributors to the social, economic, and creative life of the community.