Sabrina Nelson was born in the late 60's during the riots in Detroit Michigan. She is a painter by degree from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Influenced by Yoruba Religion as well as Eastern and African Philosophy her work is a combination of spirit, motion and intimacy. Not limited by 2 dimensions the scope of her work also includes sculpture, objects and installations.

Sabrina has been a professional artist for over 29 years and an educator for nearly as long. As a studio art teacher at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she lectures and preformed artist demonstrations. She is also on the staff for the College for Creative Studies where she works hard at motivating and preparing students to pursue an art degree in Detroit.

Sabrina has lectured on the preservation of Black Feminism in Art at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. She is a guest curate at The Carr Center and for Music Hall Performing Arts Center. In addition she has judged art competitions for over 25 years as well as curated several art talks and exhibits. Sabrina often interviews guest artist for the City of Detroit’s Culture video channel MyDetroitCable.

Her work has been exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Detroit and the African American Art in Culture Complex in San Francisco CA. Sabrina’s work has also been exhibited in Florida, New York, Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio. Her work is in the collection at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History and private collections in FL, NY, OH, GA,CA and MI. She has participated in the Miami Basel at Jakmel Gallery, American University in Paris and currently has work at Le’Belle Gallerie in New Orleans, LA.


Studio Education Associate
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Aug 1996 – Present
Admissions Counselor
College for Creative Studies, College of Art & Dsg, Detroit
10/95 – Present


  • Curator
  • Art Competition Judge
  • Art History Lecturer