Sarah Hoskins is a documentary photographer based in Kentucky. 

Her photographs have been included in over 100 exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, CITY 2000 (Chicago),The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, The City of Chicago, Yaddo and Shepard Fairey's personal collection. The Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, acquired 250 gelatin silver photographs in 2015. 

Her work is currently touring as part The FencePhotovile and Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” which began in May 2018 and will continue through October 2020 including stops in Normandy, France and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

Selected recent features and exhibitions include, Chosen for American Photograhy Annual 35, PHOTONOLA Currents Exhibition Ogden Museum Art, juried by Anjuli Lebowitz. Re/member/construct, juried by Lisa Volpe for Filter Photo Chicago. Jean-Jacques Naudet, ran her rodeo work from the late 1980’s including her essay in L’oeil de la Photographie. Musée ran a selection from her Homeplace project in April. Her work was part of We Rise, a 10-day pop up festival in Los Angeles, dedicated to mental health awareness. Sarah’s work was part of Into Action’s groundbreaking social justice festival of art and ideas held in Los Angeles January 2018. 

Her work was part of Wave the Flag, a group exhibition highlighting contemporary depictions of the American Flag at The Archive for Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Library at Duke University October 29, 2016-February 26,2017.   

The Truth To Power Exhibit at the 2016 Democratic National Convention included several of her images from juvenile detention facilities.  

Sarah was one of seven photographers chosen to photograph the stories of rural, urban, tribal, and migrant Head Start programs and families in five states for Curators Without Borders. This work was exhibited in January 2014 in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Building, Washington, DC.  

She was a resident at Yaddo in the summer of 2012. In March 2010 NPR’s Picture Show featured her Homeplace project, a month later NPR’s Weekend Edition traveled with her to Kentucky and did a feature on her and this work. The NPR PictureShow piece received an end of the year award from The White House News Photographers Association.  

Her Kickstarter fundraiser was not only successful in 2011, but was a “Project we Love” and featured on the Kickstarter site. 

Sarah was one of four photographers selected for the 2010 Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture Series at The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky. Her work was selected for Photography Now, 100 portfolios an international survey of photographers sponsored by Eastman Kodak. 

Solo exhibition include Berea College, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Washington University, Saint Louis and The Scott County Arts & Cultural Center.  

Her work toured from 2002-2010 in “Beggars and Choosers, Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege in America.” Her work was included in “Manifest Hope” in Denver during the 2008 Democratic National Convention and in January 2009 during President Obama’s inauguration and was published in Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change. 

Her documentary photography projects have been featured in American Photography Annual, American Legacy Magazine, Center, F8, Foto8, Lenscratch, LifeForce, Oxford American, Photo District News, Preservation, and The Digital Journalist.  

Hoskins has been published in national and international publications, including AARP Bulletin, AFL-CIO, Art for Obama, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, DeVolkskrant,Doubletruck, Enjeux Les Echos (France), Family Circle, Husk, Ladies Home Journal, NewScientist, Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, Open Society Institute Annual Report, Politico, Psychology Today, Preservation Magazine, Rides magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post Instagram, Focus (Germany), Fortune, NZZ Folio (Switzerland), Yaddo's Annual Report, BBC Television and Public Television. Sarah was a member of the Black Star Photo Agency from 1998-2005.  


She was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2014. The International Photography Awards has awarded her Honorable Mentions in the Deeper Perspective Category for the past five years. In 2009 she received funding for her Homeplace project from The National Trust for Historic Preservations’s Alice Rosenwald Flexible Fund for Rosenwald Schools. Her work was renewed four times at The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers project in Chicago.  

Hoskins received her third Special Assistance grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2008. In 2007 she received a grant from The John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund. In 2004 The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust which supports personally meaningful projects that can also benefit others awarded her a grant, that same year she received a grant from The Puffin Foundation. Hoskins was a 2003 recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography.   

She received her second Honorable Mention from the Houston Center of Photography’s fellowship program in 2003. Sarah was chosen to participate in Review Santa Fe in 2002. 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 has been a guest lecturer for The National Rosenwald School Conferences and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She was a speaker 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 has received two Illinois Arts Council Short-Term Residency grants to teach photography to homeless men, women, and children.  

She received her BA from Columbia College Chicago.