After receiving her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale in 1991, Sarah Vanderlip lived in New York for over a decade.  She participated in exhibitions, lectures, benefits, residencies and collaborative projects in the city, the country and abroad.  Highlights included solo shows at White Columns and XL Gallery and achieving critical success in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Village Voice.

Installation of Untitled (Double Ellipses) 2018

In 1999, Vanderlip began teaching undergraduate and graduate sculpture at University of California, Los Angeles and taught there until 2003. Ultimately moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she later started teaching sculpture and drawing at California State University, Bakersfield. From 2003-2005, she directed the University’s gallery there, curating such shows as Nature Study and About Face. She also curated Kiki Smith: Homework at the Fabric Workshop/Museum in Philadelphia in 2002.

Between 2003 and 2006, Vanderlip built a permanent, site-specific installation entitled CA. Truckhead at the High Desert Test Site in Joshua Tree.  She also had a solo show at the L.A.C. Lieu Arte Contemporain in Sigean, France, a group show at MOCA, Denver, a solo show at Galerie Jacques Girard in Toulouse, France, and installed a second Truckhead sculpture in a private collection in upstate New York. In 2007, her work was featured on the acclaimed HBO series —The L Word and she inaugurated a visiting artist program at the Lycee Paul Sabatier in Carcasonne, France.  

In 2008, she received a University Research Council award and had her first solo show in Los Angeles at Sandroni Rey's Container. In 2010, she had a one-person show in New York at Art Production Fund LAB. She had a solo show at Shoshana Wayne Project Space, in Santa Monica in 2012, and won the inaugural Marjorie Shiele Prize from the Cincinnati Art Museum that same year, resulting in a solo museum show and cash award.  Most recently, in 2017, her CA. Truckhead, 2003 was featured in British Vogue as a significant earthwork.

Vanderlip continues to live in Los Angeles and teach at CSUB. She is currently Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Professor of Sculpture.

Sarah Vanderlip Untitled (Double Ellipses) Aluminum and mirror-polished stainless steel, 2018

Sarah Vanderlip Untitled (Double Ellipses) Aluminum and mirror-polished stainless steel, 2018


View Sarah Vanderlip's CA Truckheads located "Behind the Bail Bonds" AZ West in Joshua Tree (located roughly 2 miles from Rough Play Projects) open to the Public. Follow this link for driving directions: HDTS BEHIND THE BAIL BONDS

Sarah Vanderlip, CA Truckheads, 2014