John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series to present Sarah Rose Sharp on Jan. 31

January 29, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sarah Rose Sharp, a Detroit-based writer, activist and multimedia artist, will present "Finding Evidence — The Art of Detection in an Interdisciplinary Practice," from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. Sharp's visit is part of the Penn State School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.

A Kresge Literary Arts Fellow in Arts Criticism, Sharp writes for Art in America, Hyperallergic, The Believer, Sculpture Magazine, Flash Art, ArtSlant and other publications. During her visit, Sharp also will serve as a juror for the School of Visual Arts' annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. 

In addition to her 2015 Kresge fellowship, Sharp was selected as a participant in the 2015 Art Writing Workshop facilitated by AICA/USA and the Art Writers Grant Program. She has shown work in New York, Seattle and Detroit — including participation in group shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Grosse Pointe Art Center, the Kerrytown Concert House, and the Terhune Gallery in Ohio — with solo shows at Public Pool in Hamtramck in 2016 and Simone DeSousa Gallery in January 2017. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research on the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, including a process blog called “Breakfast with the Artist.”

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State professor emeritus. The result of Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a longtime faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

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Last Updated January 29, 2018