Sara Vanderbeek (b. 1980 St. Louis, MO) is an Austin-based artist, independent art consultant, estate manager, public artist and curator. Her artwork has been included in several solo and group shows nationally, including the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), Art Palace (Houston), The Contemporary (Austin), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio), Women & Their Work (Austin), Big Medium (Austin), Deitch Projects (New York), G Spot (Houston), Christie’s Auction House (New York), grayDUCK Gallery (Austin) and Co-Lab Projects (Austin.) She was a founding member of the Austin-based ICOSA Collective where she currently serves as President. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
She consulted for 5 years as Co–Curator and Budget Manager of a 7.2M public art program, Salud-Arte: The Art of Healing, for University Health System in San Antonio with Allison Hays Lane, Director of Olana Group. They placed over 1500 pieces of art, made by over 350 artists, at two new campuses.
She also recently completed consulting for a $50K budgeted artwork located outside a 90,000 Square Foot, LEED Core and Shell Silver multi-use property at 801 Barton Springs Road, a main thoroughfare just south of downtown Austin, Texas. After a Texas-wide call for art, there artists were selected to present proposals: Erin Curtis, Melissa Borrell and John Christensen. The selected sculpture by John Christensen was installed January, 2018.
Sara is currently representing the Private Collection of Justin Ishmael and Jessica Olsen, former CEO and COO of MONDO, an offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater that creates "limited edition screen printed posters...[of their] favorite classic and contemporary films, television shows and comics, along with vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, toys, and apparel." Sara executes sales of their more than 3,000 original Mondo screen printed posters.
She was founding member of ICOSA, a 20-member artist-run non-profit cooperative gallery in Austin, Texas founded in 2015. The space showcases a diverse range of contemporary art and programming. She served as Co-Treasurer, then President from 2015-2017. Personal responsibilities involved developing a gallery infrastructure which included: creating a comprehensive style guide; managing printed materials; co-authoring by-laws; developing a comprehensive Google Drive project management system and archive; developing a digital Standard Operation Procedure manual; establishing committees to delegate workload and flow; community advocacy.