Sarah Vanderlip lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art. After completing her MFA, she lived in New York for over a decade. She had exhibitions at White Columns and XL Gallery among others and features in Art in America, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Village Voice.

Vanderlip was invited to Los Angeles in 1999 to teach undergraduate and graduate sculpture at the University of California, Los Angeles where she taught for four years. In 2003, she began teaching sculpture and drawing at California State University, Bakersfield and still teaches there today. Her sculptures, drawings and large-scale works on paper have been shown around the US and abroad at places such as the High Desert Test Sites, Art Production Fund LAB, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Cincinnati Art Museum, Sandroni Rey and in Europe at the L. A.C., Lieu Arte Contemporain in Sigean, France and Galerie Jacques Girard in Toulouse, France.

In 2012 she received the inaugural Marjorie Shiele Prize from the Cincinnati Art Museum resulting in an award and solo exhibition. Most recently, her sculpture CA.Truckhead was featured in British Vogue and TMagazine and in 2018 her project Untitled (Double Ellipses) was shown as a satellite project to 2019 Desert X. In 2021, her work is currently on view at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, in an exhibition on the history of the High Desert Test Sites.