I am a multidisciplinary, research-based artist whose work addresses themes of identity, land, domesticity, communication and communalism. I often combine traditional “analog” forms (collage, hand-embroidery, macramé, press-based print media) with contemporary forms (video, digital photography and image manipulation, and digital printing) in order to highlight points of confluence and contradiction between historic and contemporary narratives surrounding these themes. By activating the histories, materiality and sign systems of various media, I examine how contemporary social, political and cultural relationships to land and technology intersect with American Utopian fantasies.
Sarah G. Sharp is an artist and curator whose interests include alternative social histories, language, place, technology and craft. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, BRIC Arts Media Fellowship, Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship and residency awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, SoHo20 Gallery Residency Lab, Brooklyn and The Vermont Studio Center. Exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum and Real Art Ways in CT, Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, LMAK Gallery and Field Projects Gallery in NYC. Sarah’s Oral History Interview with artist Elaine Reichek was published by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute. She is the founder of The Tool Book Project, a multi-modal art project that provides a direct action platform for artists to share their work and raise funds for non-profit groups. Sarah holds an MFA in studio art and an MA Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College, SUNY. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and teaches in the MFA in Art Practice program at SVA in New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Baltimore.
MFA, MA, Purchase College SUNY, Studio Art + Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory
BA, The Evergreen State College, Media Studies
Artist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
AIM Fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
Textile Arts Center, Works in Progress Residency, NY
Faculty Fellowship, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, UMBC
Artist in Residence, Residency Lab, SoHo20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in Residence, Starry Night, Truth or Consequences, NM
Artist in Residence, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Mana Contemporary Art
Artist in Residence, Joya at Cortijada Los Gázquez, Almeria, Spain
BRIC Media Arts Fellow, Brooklyn, NY
Kimmel Harding Nelson Award and Residency
Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT
Getty Library Research Grant, Getty Foundation
2010 Family Crests for the Disenfranchised, Emily Sloan, Gallery 1724, Houston, TX, June.
2008 Power Stations, Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, May.
2004 Edible Complex, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT, April.
Two and Three Person Exhibitions
2017 Spectrum, CADVC, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, Nov.
2016 Mapping Safe(r) Space , SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, August.
2013 Urban Sightings, San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, CA, May.
Flatfile Exhibition, ICA Baltimore, February.
Ink, Press, Repeat, William Paterson University Gallery, Wayne, NJ, Curator: Alexander Campos, April.
Light City, Baltimore, MD, October.
Fiber Options, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD, June.
Artist as Survivalist, Satellite Art Fair, Miami Fl, Curator: Jacquelyn Stryker, December.
Fata Morgana , Spring/Break Art Show, NY, Curator: Parsley Steinweiss, March.
Spark, Light City Baltimore, Curator: Joe Reinsel, March.
TransModern Festival , Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD, November.
The Residents, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, March.
Interrupted , The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, Ashland, OH, September.
The Summer Print Show , Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, August.
In Our Cave, We See Shadows, Fanny Allie, Projekt 722, Brooklyn, NY, September.
Notes on a Working Space, Laura Fernandez-Gibellini, Museo de Los Sures, Brooklyn, NY, June.
After Image: Contemporary Artists & Photography, Arthur Bruso, Raymond E. Mingst, Art House, Jersey City, April.
OFFLINE, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, February.
Pluto Party, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY, August.
On the (Queer) Waterfront: Brooklyn Histories, Hugh Ryan, The Pop-up Museum of Queer History, NY, July.
The Fool's Journey, Arthur Bruso and Raymond E. Mingst, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY, April 14th-July 1st.
Anywhere But Here, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY.
The Interconnected World, Hampden Gallery, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, June.
Here, There and Everywhere, Transcultural Exchange, Boston MA, June.
The Pop-up Museum of Queer History, Leslie Lohman Gallery, NY, June + Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, September.
Future Tense, DeDe Young, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NY, May.
Content and Discontent, DeDe Young, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY, March.
Derived, Borrowed and Stolen, Basak Malone and Sara Wight, Broadway Gallery, NY, October..
We Were There, Carrie Moyer, Alexander Gray Associates, NY, June.
Purchase College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Thom Collins, The White Box Gallery Annex, NY, May.
50,000 Beds, Chris Doyle, shown concurrently at The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield. CT, Real ArtWays, Hartford, CT and
Art Space, New Haven, CT, May.
Over and Out, Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, February.
10-4, Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, February.
Slightly Off Center, Ethelyn Honig, 55 Mercer Street Gallery, NY, June.
Tool Box, LMAK Gallery, NY, February.
Comfort Level, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY, May.
Original Copy, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY, March.
(im)Permanent Landscapes, Terrault Gallery, Baltimore MD, April.
USE VALUE, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY, March 3-8.
Animal Architectures, Wythe Studio, Brooklyn, NY, April.
OFFLINE, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, February 7- March 14.
Sarah G. Sharp, Art Uncovered, Breakthrough Radio, Interview. April, 2019.
CAA Conversations Podcast: Sarah G. Sharp and Kara Hearn, College Art Association, December, 2017.
Benjamin Sutton, “Your Concise Guide to the 2015 Bushwick Open Studios”, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, NY, June 1, 2016
Enrico Gomez, “Summer Starts in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Art Guide, Brooklyn, NY, WagMag, June 4, 2015.
Etty Yaniv, “Eclectic Transactions at Spring/Break”, Arts In Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, March 14, 2015
Cortijo de Las Vacas (Image in ad for MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory, Purchase College, SUNY) ArtForum International, Volume 53, Number 1, New York, NY, ArtForum International Magazine, September, 2014, P 401.
Sara Jones and Andrea Wenglowskyj, “Trek,” Kind Aesthetic Quarterly, Brooklyn, NY, Kind Aesthetic, Volume 3, February, 2014.
Allison Hewitt Ward, “The Contested Territories of Sarah G. Sharp,”Art Practice Blog, NY, School of Visual Arts, March 5, 2014.
Mike Stabile, “A Google Map of Brooklyn’s Lost Queer History,” The Pop-up Museum of Queer History Blog, NY, Oct. 8, 2013.
Arthur Bruso and Raymond E. Mingst, The Fool's Journey Catalogue, Jersey City, NJ, Curious Matter Gallery, April, 2012.
Mary Sherman, Place: Imaginary, Here, There, and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of The Future Catalogue, Boston, MA., 2012
Kim Gordon, “Artist to Watch – Sarah G. Sharp,” Mediuum Art, Boston, MA, October, 2012.
Christopher Joy and Zachary Keating, “Sarah G. Sharp,” Gorky's Granddaughter, New Haven, CT, September, 2011.
Powerhouse II, (Image in ad for MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory, Purchase College, SUNY) ArtForum International, Volume 49, Number 2, New York, NY, ArtForum International Magazine, October, 2010, P 303.
Denise Markonish, 45 Check-Ins, 50,000 Beds Catalogue, Ridgefield, CT, Aldrich Museum, July, 2007.
Linda Yablonsky, “Hotel Rooms Become Overnight Stars,” New York Times, Arts Section, NY, July 8, 2007, PG. AR22
A Call for Sustento: Awilda Rodriguez Lora, Performance is Alive Blog, July 11, 2018
Tool Book, Brooklyn, NY, Self-Published Multimodal Project and Fundraiser, August, 2017.
Understanding Whole Systems, Brooklyn, NY, Self-Published Artist Book, March, 2016.
#imaginaryspaces, Kind Aesthetic Blog, New York, NY, Kind Aesthetic, March 14, 2014.
From Dexter to Sinister: An Ongoing Exchange Between Poets and Visual Artists, New York, NY, Self-Published, 2011.
Oral History Interview with Elaine Reichek, Archives of American Art, Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution, February, 2008.
Selected Artist Lectures/Critique
ArtNow!, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, February 4.
“Visionary Impulses in Utopian Art and Design: Whole Earth Systems”, CAA Conference, NY, February 13.
“Creative Intervention: Working Outside of the Institution,” School of Visual Arts, NYC, July 11th.
Graduate Program in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, April 25-26.
“Whole Earth Systems” Artists Talk, Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, November.
Graduate Seminar, International Center for Photography, NY, March 31.
#imaginaryspaces, The Moving Image + Art, DELVE, Videology, Brooklyn, NY, March 17.
Sarah G. Sharp and Katarina Jerinic, Anywhere But Here Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY, October.
Eileen S Kaminsky Family Foundation, New York, NY
Mills College Printmaking Department, Oakland, CA
Selected Professional Experience
2015-Present University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Assistant Professor, Visual Art Department.
2015 Producer, Re-Center by Vito Acconci, Video 4K, 20 minutes.
2011-Present School of Visual Arts, Part-time Faculty, MFA in Art Practice Graduate Program.