Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sarah Hulsey grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Her interest in pursuing art first emerged with an undergraduate job in the Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Fogg Art Museum. This experience, along with two years of letterpress instruction at the Bow & Arrow Press, awakened her to the artistic and conceptual potential of printmaking.

Hulsey’s pursuit of art deepened over the next decade, parallel to her studies in Linguistics, first at Harvard, and later in graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As she learned more about the depth and complexity of the structure of language, she became more and more drawn to the possibility of representing these structures through visual art. In 2011, she enrolled in an MFA program in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she developed her ideas about the visual possibilities inherent in language into a practice of printmaking, installation, and book arts.

She was awarded the 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists in New England. She lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.



The Ampersand Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, Hanover, NH

California Polytechnic State University, Special Collections, San Luis Obispo, CA

Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY

Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Washington, DC

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library, Cambridge, MA

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA

Pennsylvania State University, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Park, PA

San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, SMFA Library Special Collections, Boston, MA

Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Northampton, MA

St. Olaf College Library, Northfield, MN

Temple University, Tyler School of Art Library, Philadelphia, PA

University of Alberta Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

University of the Arts, Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, Philadelphia, PA

University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA

University of California Santa Barbara Library, Santa Barbara, CA

University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections, Iowa City, IA

University of North Texas Libraries, Denton, TX

University of Washington, Special Collections, Seattle, WA

Vanderbilt University, Heard Library, Nashville, TN

Wellesley College, Clapp Library Special Collections Library, Wellesley, MA

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT

Yale University, Haas Arts Library Special Collections, New Haven, CT