Sarah Rose Sharp, CV



Creative generalist and writer of arts criticism and philosophy, with an established values system around writing as a mechanism for inclusivity and understanding between typically disparate groups, including art makers and consumers, and Detroiters and non-Detroiters. Leverages positive regard, accessibility, promotion of viewer agency, clarity of language, and sincerity of tone as tools for enabling an appreciation for art in viewers of all kinds. An active participant in the Detroit art scene and contributor to,, Knight Arts blog, Essay’d, ZIPR, and Infinite Mile.


2015 Art Writers Grant Program – AICA Writing Workshop

2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow; Arts Criticism


THE BELIEVER · Spring 2016 (Issue #115 – publication pending)

“The Process: Flags of the Fante Asafo” – Interview with DIA African Arts Curator Nii Quarcoopome

PINE MAGAZINE · Spring 2016 (Issue #1 – publication pending)

“Building New Ways of Seeing with Claire Pastaille” – profile of emerging collage artist Claire Pastaille

“Evelyne Axell: Self-Actualization” – A retrospective look at the little-known female Pop artist of the 1960s

ART IN · 2015

“Experimental Mindset: An Interview Andrew Blauvelt” – Oct. 2015

“United States of Latin America: A Conversation with Jens Hoffmann and Pablo León de la Barra” – Sept. 2015 · 2014 to Present


Death by a Thousand Operas

Art That Forces Us to Face the Cruelty of the Human Animal

The 17 Pairs of Hands That Spun a Little Black Dress into Existence

Combing Through the Hegemony of Hair

In Five Decades of Self-Portraits, an Artist Refuses to Tone Down Her Feelings


Visions of Detroit’s Past and Future in Clay and Cardboard

The 17 Pairs of Hands That Spun a Little Black Dress into Existence

Slicing Up a Limo as a Metaphor for Detroit

Composing the Sounds of Detroit into a Symphony

Surreal Still Lifes of Objects and Their Memories


An Artist Couple Explores…Not-So-Sexy Realities of Intimacy

Detroit Artists Take a Hammer to Traditional Ceramics

From Carcasses of Cloth…Some Highlights of ArtPrize 2015

A Family Auction House’s…Microhistory of Detroit

An Inquiry into Identity at ArtPrize

Two Ceramicists Craft Domestic Intricacies

Two Tony Suburban Galleries Move into Detroit

With Custom-Designed Galleries…Columbus Museum of Art Opens New Wing

At the Heidelberg Project’s New Gallery… Facsimiles of Wilderness


Decaying Barns Transformed Into Art

A Polychromatic Playground of Inflatable Structures

An Art Festival that Unfolds in Real Time

A Spoken Word Artist Goes…Detroit’s Redevelopment

Public Portraits Honor Detroit’s Storied Writers and Poets

From Peeling Skin to Talking Dolls…Detroit Design Festival

A Video Game Pits Michael Jackson Against Himself

8/2015 – Immersed in Painting, Sound…a Detroit Artist Reimagines Space

Animations That Leave You Psychically Altered

Glasgow Artists Flock to Detroit for a Creative Exchange

A Group Show Where Criticism is Process

On a Block in Chicago, a Participatory Project Visualizes Jail Data

Another Oblivious Artist Comes to Detroit…Lets Tiger Loose

An Abandoned Department Store Stocks Up on Art

Artists Trade Their Work for Plane Rides and Gallons of Paint


A Public Art Biennial Takes Over a City in Sweden

Elastic and Rigid Objects That Bend Our Point of View

After Years of Battling…an Artist Opens a Sculpture Park in Detroit

A Detroit Design Collective Uses Plastic Molding as a Medium

Museum Plants Artworks in Detroit’s Community Gardens

Nick Cave on “Tackling Really Hard Issues” with Art


Unpacking the Contradictions in Quiet Ceramic Tableaus

Envisioning Detroit as a Postindustrial Boomtown

Dancing Out Our Inner Demons


Building Monuments Amid Detroit’s Modern Day Ruins

The Surprisingly Improvisational Sounds of Automatic Music

In Detroit, and Arts Festival Crosses Borders


An Artist Turns Invasive Plants into Paper Sculptures

Women’s Rage: A Conversation with the Creator of ‘Bitch Planet’

Art X Detroit Lives Up to the City’s Vibrant Cultural Life


Curating a Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities

A Detroit Artist…Gooey Abstraction and Concrete Social Change

One City, Two Experimental Play, A Whole Lot of Creative Women


Feeling at Home with Alison Bechdel


Reading David Foster Wallace for the Colors


A Biennial Beyond the Art World

ESSAY’ · 2014 to Present – Short online essays about canonical Detroit artists –

(Print publication pending, Essay’d: On Detroit Artists (vol.1) Wayne State University Press – Fall 2016)

12/2015 – Greg Fadell

11/2015 – Ben Hall

9/2015 – Kia Ixchel Arriaga

8/2015 – Toby Millman

7/2015 – Andy Malone

6/2015 – Mary Fortuna

5/2015 – Michael McGillis
4/2015 – Andrew Krieger

3/2015 – Susan Goethel Campbell

2/2015 – Lynne Avadenka
11/2014 – Rose DeSloover

10/2014 – Tzarinas of the Plane
9/2014 – Corrie Baldauf

5/2015 – ZIPR Issue #4 –

“MALT: _ _ _ _ is the Word”

2/2015 – ZIPR Issue #2 –

“Communism Means Never Selling Out: Diego Rivera and the Detroit Industry Murals”
12/2014 – ZIPR Issue #1 –

“Jerry Vile: Self-Appointed Court Jester in the Court of High Art”

“Running at the Speed of Impulse with Michelle Tanguay”

INFINITE MILE · 2014 to 2015

Summer/2015 – Issue #19 – “How to be an Art Critic”

10/2014 – Issue #10 – “Detroitivores & the Rise of Post-Industrial Revolution”
3/2014 – Issue #4 – “Preface: Art as a Living Practice”



University of California at Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, California

Bachelor of Fine Arts; Theater Arts (Costuming emphasis)

California Merit Scholarship, Creative Writing – CSSSA, Valencia (Summer, 1996)



KNIGHT ARTS BLOG · 2012 to Present

Detroit Art & Culture Blogger – weekly blog posts about arts and cultural events; to date, 200+ posts covering a wide range of events, trends, artist profiles, etc.

3/2012 – “A Peek Into Detroit’s Benjamin Siegel House”


Self-published book of writing and photographs from a road trip to all 50 United States


Guest Juror, “Borders” Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibition –

Owen Center for Fine & Performing Art/River House Arts, Perrysburg, Ohio (Feb/March 2016)

Guest Lecturer, “Arts Writing as a Platform & Transmission of Critical Voice Through the Web” –

Wayne State University (December 2015)

“Jessercise” Artist talk with Jessica Frelinghuysen – Hamtramck, Michigan (November 2015)

“Emergency Ark” Launch/Artist talk w/ Scott Hocking – Port Austin, Michigan (October 2015)

Sampled (group show) w/ Lynn Crawford @ CAVE Gallery – Detroit, Michigan (August 2015)

Visiting Critic, Eastern Michigan University Graduate Seminar (February, 2014)