Sarah Nesbitt
Assistant Professor of Art

About Me

Born in Syracuse, New York, Sarah received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Pennsylvania State University and received her BFA in Photography and Drawing at the State University of New York at Oswego. Her interests lie in studying how history is used and perceived, in conjunction with investigating the importance of people's actions and behaviors towards that information acquired to them.

Nesbitt has exhibited her work in venues located in South Korea, Scotland, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Hungary and throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in publications such as the French Magazine Levure Litteraire, the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Cengage Learning Press), Photographer's Forum, Detroit Metro Times and INSIGHT 7 Magazine.

She has had recent group exhibitions that included jurors such as Lesley Martin, Publisher of the Aperture Book Program (2013); Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine (2013); Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2012); Christopher James, Author of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (2012) and Louis Grachos, Director of Albright-Knox Gallery (2005).

Her experience with photography ranges from analog to digital photographic practices, including the historic Wet Plate Collodion processes to augmented reality. Her background has been immersed in art in the past decade and a half. This includes professional development, the preparation, presentation, working with contracts, installation and archive of artworks and the practice of photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and digital media.

In 2011-2016, she served as a Communications Coordinator of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide nonprofit organization leading advocacy for the arts, design, culture and arts education and the transformative power of the creative industries in Michigan. She developed a database of artist exhibition opportunities, jobs and event postings for artists to hone on their professional practice, provided photographic documentation of events hosted by the organization, in addition to managing their website, social media pages and online/print communciations. In addition to working closely with Kresge Artist Fellows, artists working within the state of Michigan, nonprofit and for profit institutions in the field of art, design, business, law, economic development, community development, politics and education.

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Sarah  Nesbitt Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Detroit Lollo Playground Public Art Grant. Awarded by Beaumont Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

  • Second Place Award. Codicology: The Art and Study of the Book. Cultural Arts Building, University of North Carolina Wilmington. Juried by Book Sculptor Daniel Essig.

  • Finalist. 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest. Photographer's Forum. Publication in Best Of Photography 2010.


  • Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have. Solo Exhibition. Alexandria, Virginia. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery.

  • Punctum. PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Juried by Zsolt B├ítori, founder and artistic director of PH21 Gallery.

  • Gold Medal Exhibition. Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Elizabeth Youngblood, artist, educator, designer and maker.


  • Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance. Croft, Clare. Images from performance of we [still] queer here 4.5, Confetti Sunrise. Oxford University Press.

  • A Page from Our Handbook: Designing and Building Your Artist Site. Creative Capital. Article by Holly Ajala.

  • 2017 Michigan House Promotion. Middle West and Creative Many Michigan. Photos by Samantha Danhoff Vanderlist, Sarah Nesbitt and Shawn Jordan.


  • AA, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Onondaga Community College

  • BFA, Photography and Drawing, School of Arts, State University of New York, College at Oswego

  • MFA, Photography, School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University


  • AH 202: World Survey of Art

  • AH 355: History of Women Artists 

  • AH 370: 20th and 21st Century Art History

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