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Sarah Hoskins

Sarah Hoskins is a documentary photographer.  Her ten year project The Homeplace: photographs from historic African American Hamlets in Kentucky’s Inner Bluegrass Region was recently featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as well as NPR's Picture Show. 

Sarah was selected for the 2010 Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture Series at The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky.  Her photographs have been included in over 100 exhibitions and are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, the Lubbock Fine Arts Center, and the City of Chicago.

Solo exhibitions include: The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky and Washington University, Saint Louis.   In 2009 she received funding for her Homeplace project from The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Alice Rosenwald Flexible Fund.  Sarah’s work was recently renewed for the forth time at The Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers project in Chicago.  

Hoskins’ images were selected for Photography Now 100 Portfolios, an international survey of photographers sponsored by Eastman Kodak.  Her documentary photography projects have been featured in American Photography Annual, American Legacy Magazine, Center (formerly the Center for Photographic Projects Santa Fe), Foto8, Photo District News and The Digital Journalist

Hoskins has been published in national and international publications, including  AARP Bulletin, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Doubletruck, Enjeux Les Echos (France), Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, NewScientist, Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, Open Society Institute Annual Report, Rides, Focus (Germany), Fortune, NZZ Folio (Switzerland), BBC Television and Public Television.

Hoskins received her third Special Assistance grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2008. In 2007 she had received a grant from The John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund. The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, which supports personally meaningful projects that can also benefit others, awarded her a grant in 2004. The same year she also received a grant from The Puffin Foundation.  Hoskins was a 2003 recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography. That year, she received Honorable Mentions from the Houston Center of Photography’s fellowship program. The Northwest Area Arts Council awarded Hoskins a scholarship in 2001 to help complete a documentary project at Staben House, a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children in Waukegan, Illinois. In 2000, she was one of three finalists for the Morrie Camhi Prize for under-recognized documentary photographers.

Hoskins is also an educator.  She was a guest lecturer in 2010, 2007 and 2004 at the prestigious Women In Photography Workshops at Empire State College in New York City. She has introduced documentary photography to teens and adults who have never had the opportunity to express themselves with a camera before. She is on the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts in Education Roster to teach documentary photography in the state of Illinois, and has received two Illinois Arts Council Short-Term Residency grants to teach photography to homeless men, women, and children.

Hoskins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago.




    White House News Photographers Association - The Eyes of History 2011
    2nd Place Winner
    Photography + Audio - Natural Sound

    This work features still photography paired with ambient sound and character interviews. The category recognizes the art and skill of recording natural sound, editing and the partnership in storytelling between audio and photographs.

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