Sarah Parrish

Assistant Professor of Art History
Associate Professor
Art History Coordinator
Phone: (603) 535-2649
Office: Arts & Technologies, D&M Building, MSC 21, Plymouth, NH 03264


BA, Colby College; MA, Boston University; PhD, Boston University

Sarah Parrish teaches all areas of art history and specializes in modern and contemporary art. She strives to empower students with close looking, visual analysis, and communication skills that can be deployed in a range of academic, professional, and social contexts. Named American Craft Council’s 2017 Emerging Voices Scholar, her research centers on postwar American textile art. She developed this interest through a Curatorial Fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and has extended her inquiry with a dissertation titled “Anthropologies of Fiber: Claire Zeisler, Ed Rossbach, Sheila Hicks.”

Selected Publications

“In and Against: Encountering Hannah Batsel, Ted Lott, Anna Mlasowsky, and Gerardo Monterrubio.”    Emerging Voices Awards 2017. Minneapolis: American Craft Council, Forthcoming Fall 2017.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, published by the Walker Art Center.” Book review in          Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art (June 2016).

 “From Collectives to Corporations: Sheila Hicks’ Transnational Air/Craft.” Journal of Design and             Culture 8, no. 1 (March 2016): 79-99.

“Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?” Exhibition review in Sequitur 3, no. 1 (December            2016).

Catalogue entries in Volumes I and II of Art for Rollins: The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at     Rollins College, edited by Abigail Ross Goodman. Exh. cat. Winter Park, FL: Rollins College,           2013/2015.

All 34 catalogue entries in Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present, edited by Jenelle Porter. Exh. cat. New York:   DelMonico Books/Prestel, September 2014, 180-247.

“Joachim Koester.” Exhibition review in Art Papers (July/August 2012): 48-9.

“Carrie Moyer: Interstellar.” Exhibition review in Art Papers (May/June 2012): 56.

Selected Presentations

 “Throwaway Society? Ed Rossbach’s Con/Temporary Basketry,” 2017 Annual Conference, College Art Association, New York, February 15-18, 2017

“Connective Threads: Claire Zeisler’s Post-Primitivist Fiber Sculpture,” Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Roanoke, Virginia, October 19-22, 2016

“Unraveling Masculinities: Lucas Samaras’ Reconstructions of Domesticity,” IFA-Frick Symposium on the History of Art, New York, April 17-18, 2015

“From Collectives to Corporations: Sheila Hicks’ Fiber Commissions, 1964-1977,” Design Studies Forum: Rethinking Labor, 2015 Annual Conference, College Art Association, New York, February 11-14, 2015

“Fiber: Material Possibilities for Art and Design,” Converse Design Studio “First Thursday” lecture series, private tour of Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, December 4, 2014


American Craft Council Emerging Voices Scholar Award, 2017

Curatorial Research Fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2012-2014

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