Michael Sharp recently completed an MFA at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. Before coming to BYU, he completed a residency through the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This followed an artist assistantship with Gibby Waitzkin at Sarvisberry Studios and Gallery in Floyd Virginia, where he learned paper making skills. A key part of his development as an artist stems from his time in the Corcoran College of Art + Design Art and The Book Masters Program. Here he learned letterpress printing and book binding skills. In between studies and residencies, Sharp has worked in museum archives developing an understanding of histories within a place or event. He grew up in the West and has been exploring how that has shaped and defined his individual and collective identities.