Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently a Lecturing Fellow at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and she will be a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Exeter, UK, for the 2021/2022 academic year. She has served on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Nasher Museum of Art and is Vice President of the Duke Faculty Union.

 

Her artwork is included in the collections of The Akron Art Museum, The Asheville Museum of Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Ackland Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Henry-Copeland Art Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The Cassilhaus Collection. Poet and art critic Chris Vitiello's review of the Light Cache show is a comprehensive introduction to her work. A behind-the-scenes look at the Scotland Investor "Yumi" show at Cassilhaus is here.

 

In her past she worked closely with writers and reporters on both short and longform journalism stories as the staff photographer and photography editor at the Independent in Durham for most of the 1990’s.  During much of that time she also freelanced regionally for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, PBS’s Frontline, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Ford Foundation, among others.

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P.O. Box 3061
Durham, NC, 27715 USA


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Articles, videos, and reviews (see full show archive here)

 

Faculty unionizing article in the Washington Post, February 2019

 

Artist conversations video from opening reception of Eureka!

 

Blue Greenberg: Collecting for Love, Not Speculation, review of Medici Schmedici: Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond, Craven Allen Gallery, 2015

 

Durham Photographer MJ Sharp Embraces the Uncertainty, Matt Goad, News & Observer, February, 2015

 

PhotoVision probes 175 years of photographic developments and anxieties, review of PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting, Brian Howe, Indyweek, September, 2014

 

Two Centuries in Five Rooms, Chris Vitiello's review of Light Sensitive at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2013

 

What the Negative Saw: M.J. Sharp's Long-Exposure Photographs at Durham's Craven Allen Gallery Chris Vitiello's review of Light Cache

 

MJ Sharp: The Night Had Become My Habitat, a short film by Emma Gilmore-Cronin & Debbie Ripley, 2012

 

Profile in Duke Magazine by Bridget Booher , 2011

 

2011/2012 Light Cache show at Craven Allen Gallery in the news

Independent Weekly

Duke Chronicle

Daylight Magazine

Architects&Artisans

Southern Photography

Durham Herald Sun

 

Visions of Night  / interview (in French)

 

The Yumi Show at Cassilhaus Gallery / Cassilhaus fundraiser for the CSA Scotland project

 

La Nuit, No.9  / interview (in French and English)