About Sara Vanderbeek
Sara Vanderbeek earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and now paints in Austin.
In 2002 Vanderbeek was selected for a residency at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. In 2007, Christie’s Auction House, New York selected her as a visiting scholar grantee to travel to Japan where she spent three weeks researching Japanese printmaking history. In 2011, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas exhibited Vanderbeek’s first solo show of portraiture.
Her work has been included in several solo and group shows nationally at the McNay Art Museum, Women & Their Work, Art Saint Louis, Christie’s Auction House, and AMOA-Arthouse. Her paintings are in several private collections in New York, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Vanderbeek’s current body of work, Portraits of the Artists, consists of a series of portraits of artists in their studios Including Leslie Dill, Chuck Close, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Julia Rothman, and many more.
I couldn’t believe it — now pushing two years after my Creative Capital workshop, I have achieved EVERY goal I set.
An exhibition at a respected national museum gave me the kind of cred to launch my career, spawning commissions and more.
I wasn’t being creative enough and thought maybe the only way I could be an artist was by getting a teaching job.
In this four-part series, I unpack how I went from corporate slavery to creative freedom by quitting my day job and investing in my art career.