Sarah Nesbitt, M.F.A.

LEO Lecturer IV in Applied Art
Sarah Nesbitt
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Human Centered Engineering Design
Language, Culture, and the Arts
Wednesdays 9:00 am-10:45 am, Friday 11:00am-1:45 pm and by appointment

Teaching Areas:

Art History/Applied Art, Human Centered Engineering Design

Research Areas:

Art History, Contemporary Art, Critical Literacy, Historiography, Logic and Critical Thinking, Media, Popular Culture

Biography and Education

I research forgeries, stolen artwork, plagiarism, memory, censorship, misattribution, the writing and re-writing of histories, evaluating the gap between accuracy and fiction. A photograph is often perceived to be an objective arbiter of truth, but realistically it is just as open to manipulation as the process of recording history. Photography can alter our entire perception of reality via editing, interpretation, and desensitization, as well as by constructing a hyper-reality and depicting pseudo-events. My goal is to create broad awareness of our shortcomings in recording and portraying history so people understand it not as static stories frozen and dead in the past, but as a medium of active engagement -- a living, breathing investigation into what came before us, constantly striving to reach the truth.

Creatively, I work with a variety of printed and digital media ranging from video, installation, sculpture and augmented reality to the photographic wet plate collodion process of the 1850s. Frequently, I disrupt the surfaces of printed media by physical alterations through sewing, dissecting, writing, and pinning.


M.F.A. Studio Art- Photography, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
B.F.A. Studio Art- Photography and Drawing, the State University of New York at Oswego

Selected Publications

In the Galleries, Art Review of Solo Exhibition. The Washington Post. Article by Mark Jenkins. August 24, 2017.

Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance. Croft, Clare. Images from the performance of we [still] queer here 4.5, Confetti Sunrise. Oxford University Press. April 28, 2017: 2, 42, 58, 174, 178, 192, 206, 219

Creative Class: Sarah Nesbitt. HYE Times. Article by Ara Topouzian. March 13, 2017. Online.

Dancing toward Queer Horizons. Croft, Clare. Theatre Topics, John Hopkins University Press. March 2016: 59-60

The ‘60 wrd/min art critic’ comes to Hamtramck. Detroit Metro Times. December 1, 2015. Online.

Making Sense with Sarah Nesbitt. Breakfast with the Artist. Interview with Rosie Sharp. October 11, 2015. Online

[도서] 뉴 미디어 아트 2015: New Media Art 2015. Kim, Leejin. Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea. 2015: 32-35, 100

Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Third Edition. James, Christopher. Image of Working Harder to Reclaim That Context and Losing the Collection. Delmar Cengage, New York, New York. 2015 March 5: 465, 790

Feeling at Home with Alison Bechdel. Hyperallergic. Article by Sarah Rose Sharp. February 9, 2015. Online.

Levure Litteraire. Accueil: Numéro 10, November 2014. Online.

INSIGHT 7 Magazine. Photomedia Center- Contemporary Imagemakers 2013. Print. p. 12-17

404 Festival Internacional de Arte y Tecnología. Universidad Nacional de Rosario VlogTV. Video.

Selected Exhibitions

The Barcelona Foto Biennale. 5th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. Barcelona, Spain. October 4-21, 2018

Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland. June 23 - July 25, 2018

Contemporary Views in Photography. Atom Art Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan. June 16 - July 31, 2018

About Me. Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome, Italy. April 4 - 12, 2018

10th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Exhibition. Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. October 3 - 14, 2017

Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have. Solo Exhibition. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery. Alexandria, Virginia. July 13 - September 3, 2017

Punctum. PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. March 9 - April 4, 2017

Across Voices: Video/Media Art Show. Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea. March 21 – June 21, 2015

International Symposium on Electronic Art. Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. October 30 – November 8, 2014

Mapping: Borders, Bodies, Memories. Filter Photo Festival, David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, Illinois. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Art. September 19 - October 6, 2013

Griffin Museum of Photography’s 19th Juried Exhibition. Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts Juried by Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine. July 18 – September 1, 2013

Festival Internacional de Arte & Tecnologia 404. Universidad Nacional de Rosario. University Cultural Centre (E.C.U), San Martín 750. Rosario, Argentina. August 28 - 31, 2013

Where We Are: Tectonic Shifts and Dissolution of Boundaries [Exploring the Tension and Transitions in Contemporary Visual Art Today]. Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri. Juried by Elaine A. King, Ph.D. Art Historian at Carnegie Mellon University, Critic and Curator. January 17 - February 17, 2012

Best of Show State University of New York Art Exhibition. New York State Museum, Albany, New York. Juried by State University of New York Chancellor. May 13 - August 6, 2006