Sarah Magnatta

Sarah J. Magnatta

Assistant Professor

Art History—Global Contemporary Art


global contemporary art, museum studies

Professional Biography

Sarah received her PhD in Art History from The Ohio State University and specializes in global contemporary art and museum studies. Sarah previously worked at the Denver Art Museum and has independently curated several exhibitions, including Tenzing Rigdol’s first solo U.S. exhibition, My World Is in Your Blind Spot in 2019. Sarah’s research largely concerns issues of place and identity within the Tibetan exile community, and her work with Tenzing Rigdol and other contemporary artists is informing her current book, tentatively titled Contemporary Art of the Tibetan Diaspora, 2006-2021. She teaches courses on contemporary art through global perspectives and is especially interested in challenging art historical and museum hegemonies to further decolonize the field. Sarah is currently on the Museum Committee of the College Art Association.


  • Ph.D., Art History, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • MA, Art History, University of Denver, 2005
  • BA, Art History, University of Colorado, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Association for Asian Studies

Featured Publications

Magnatta, Sarah J. “Rauschenberg In Tibet: Reflections From The Artists” Rauschenberg: Reflections And Ruminations. Englewood, CO: Museum of Outdoor Arts. 2020.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “Between The Lines” Tenzing Rigdol: Dialogue. Hong Kong: Rossi and Rossi, Ltd. 2019.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “Tenzing Rigdol: My World Is In Your Blind Spot” Denver, CO: University of Colorado Denver. 2019.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “Common Ground: Place And Identity In Contemporary Tibetan Art .” Looking Askance At Himalayan Art. Journal of the British Association for South Asian Studies 34, no. 2, (2019): 186-196.


Magnatta, Sarah J. “Our Land, Our People: Reconsidering Site-Specificity In Exile” College Art Association Annual Meeting, virtual, College Art Association (CAA), 2021.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “Decanonizing The Gallery: Case Studies From University Museums” College Art Association Annual Conference, virtual, Museum Committee, College Art Association, 2021.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “Blind Spots: Overcoming Individual And Institutional Biases” College Art Association, Chicago, IL, Museum Committee, 2020.
Magnatta, Sarah J. ““Tenzing Rigdol’s My World Is In Your Blind Spot,” In The Art Of Power: Himalayan Art In And As The Political Realm” College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY, CAA, 2019.
Magnatta, Sarah J. “From The Fire: Political Imagery In Tenzing Rigdol’s Art” Association For Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver, CO, AAS, 2019.