Sarah Hardesty

Sarah Hardesty (no photo)

Associate Professor, Art

School of Design and Art

Academic Credentials

B.S., Skidmore College
M.F.A., University of Arizona


Sarah Hardesty’s recent drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations deal with time, personal history, excavation of the past, the power of intention and will, collective change, and the force and ability of nature and human in environmental, physical, and psychological shifts. She uses the idea of ‘time-binding’ in much of her work – the notion of preserving memories and recording experience for the use of subsequent generations. Through space, color, line, repetition, and systems of marking time, she explores past, present, and future, adjusts memory, records experience, and alters space and surface.

Hardesty has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Wassaic Project, the Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Hurleyville Makers Lab. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including VisArts, Rockville, MD; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; MPG Gallery, Boston, MA; Wheaton College, MA; the Tucson Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in conjunction with Santa Fe Art Institute and a Leon Levy award for her residency at the McDowell Colony. 

In addition to teaching and being a working artist, her professional experience includes directing profit and non-profit galleries, curating, grant writing, and website design. She has taught drawing, painting, and foundations at Caldwell College, NJ; Wesley College, DE; and the School of Art and the School of Architecture, University of Arizona prior to joining Marymount faculty in 2016. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona and her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College.

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
  • Figure Drawing
  • Advanced 2D Studio
  • Sophomore Portfolio
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Senior Project

Research Interests




Phone: 703-284-1571