Sarah McDermott

Adjunct Instructor of Art and the Book
Degree programs: 
MA Art and the Book

Personal Information

Sarah McDermott makes books and prints as the Kidney Press. She also collaborates on certain small press ventures, including the magazine Birkensnake. Sarah got her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. She was a Van Lier Scholar at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in 2010-11 and a resident at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in 2011. In addition to the Corcoran, Sarah has taught at the Center for Book Arts and the Book Arts Roundtable in New Jersey. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Brown University Artists' Books Collection. 

"My work centers on issues of power, exploring relations and dominations between people, between people and animals, and between people and their environments. I frequently work from a close reading of a text, responding to the relationships embedded within both the narrative and the syntax. I focus on the book as an object, thinking about the psychic effects of structural unity, transparency, and disintegration, and how these impact the reading of a text or set of images. In doing so, I generally starts with raw materials: fiber becomes paper, receives print, becomes book."

Occupation: 

Ms. Sarah McDermott makes books and prints at the Kidney Press.

Collections: 

Ms. McDermott’s work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Brown University Artists' Books Collection.

Awards: 

2010-2011 Van Lier Scholarship for Advances Study in the Book Arts, Center for Book Arts, New York

Spring 2014, Arts-in-Education Artist Book Residency Grant, Women’s Studio Workshop

Windgate Fellowship

Publications: 

Ms. McDermott’s piece Literary Heirs has been published on NYTimes.com and T Magazine. She is also a featured book artist in Flash of the Hand: Exploring the Handmade Life and had a profile done by the Women’s Studio Work Shop. Ms. McDermott has had works published in Paperbag Magazine and on the Black Clock blog (a magazine for the California Institute of the Arts).

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Ms. McDermott’s work centers on issues of power, exploring relations and dominations between people, between people and animals, and between people and their environments. She frequently works from a close reading of a text, responding to the relationships embedded within both the narrative and the syntax. Ms. McDermott was a 2011 resident at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. In addition to the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Ms. McDermott has taught at the Center for Book Arts and the Book Arts Roundtable in New Jersey.
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