Sabra Field

Field print
Field print

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Arts, Business, Education

Notable Facts

One of Vermont's most popular and accomplished artists. Works as a printmaker portraying scenes of the Vermont pastoral ideal. Designer of the Vermont Bicentennial stamp.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1935

Primary Residence

East Barnard

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Sabra Field is a well-known printmaker, whose woodcuts captured a pastoral view of Vermont in the 1970s. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she spent her early years in New York and Connecticut, although her family history can be traced back to Vermont in the late 1700's. Field graduated with honors in the arts from Middlebury College, where Arthur K.D. Healy inspired her to become an artist. She studied printmaking under Russell T. Limbach at Wesleyan University and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Field married and had two boys. She taught high school art for several years before her marriage ended, and she moved with her children to Vermont. Field set up a printmaking studio in an old stage coach tavern in East Barnard, and became a full-time working artist. She made wood-block prints of Vermont's landscape using simple forms and rich, intense colors.

In 1975, Sabra Field won the Vermont Bicentennial poster contest. Since then, her work as been comissioned by UNICEF, Dartmouth College, IBM, and Middlebury College. In 1989, she made a stained glass window for Darthmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Chapel. In 1991, she was asked by the U.S. Postal Service to create a stamp commemorating Vermont's Bicentennial of statehood. Governor Madeline Kunin named Field an Extraordinary Vermonter in 1991 and she received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from Governor Howard Dean in 1999.

Through her work, Sabra Field has expressed her vision of sprituality through the portrayal of the Vermont pastoral ideal. She continues to work in East Barnard and is married to wildlife painter Spencer Field.

Occupations

  • Artist
  • Printmaker
  • High School Art Teacher

Education

  • BA, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
  • M.A.T., Wesleyan University, (1959).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Those Indomitable Vermont Women", essay by Barbara J. Stearns

  • Frog Hollow Craft Center- link to Field's work Link

  • Sabra Field online gallery Link

  • "Vermont Life" 2007 calendar Link

  • "In Sight" - Sabra Field's visual autobiography Link

  • Duffy, John, eds. "Sabra Field." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. University Press of New England, 2003.

Additional Images

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