Office Hours with Sarah Lewis

About Sarah Lewis, Author, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery”

Sarah Lewis has served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been selected for Oprah’s “Power List,” and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program. Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster, 2014) is a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative progress are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure. Her second book on Frederick Douglass, photography and the Civil War, will be released by Harvard University Press in 2015. She has held positions at both the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her essays on contemporary art have been published widely in magazines such as Artforum and Art in America, and in publications including Rizzoli, the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

She is currently a board member of The Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts, the CUNY Graduate Center, the Harvard Alumni Association, and The Brearley School.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and will receive her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014. She lives in New York City.

Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships


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