Sarah Barnhart Fields - HeavyWhen Sarah was a little girl, she had an easel and pots of paint in her room.   She loved to do Halloween and circus paintings.   And she loved to do something with a punch such as portraying a skeleton composed of tiny cut-out paper bones.  She liked to make a mark.   Now, a few decades later, Sarah still likes to make a mark.   But she does it with a welder, saws, and a plasma cutter. Instead of cutting paper, she is cutting steel.

Her journey in art reflects her journey in life.   When she was an art student, she worked in oil and charcoal.   As a wife/mother/artist, she did portraits in pastels. During a period of life transition, she worked with fiber, often embellishing objects such as boxing gloves and mannequin parts.    As Sarah continued to work through her feelings and memories, she built wooden doors and stairways that were visual images of her progress.

Sarah Barnhart Fields - Welding
Then Sarah went into her house phase.   These oil stick paintings on gessoed paper portray single houses, sometimes almost floating in space or on the edge, sometimes planted solidly.   As her life progressed and settled, she worked in many mediums.   She did oils, she did collages, she did sculpture with found materials.   And then after a move to the country she took a metalsmithing course and fell in love … with metal.   For Sarah, her work with metal is what art is about.   It’s about taking what’s there and making something good of it. It’s a lot like life.



School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois



2012   Facemask, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009   Group Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2008   The Artist Project, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois

1997    Dwelling, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois

1995    Evolving Housescapes, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois (Solo Show)

1994    A Passionate Perspective, Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Art, Rockford Museum, Rockford, Illinois

1993   Scapes with House, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (Solo Show)

1992    Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Columbia

1992    Installation, Harold Washington College, Chicago, Illinois

1991    Hanging with Artemisia, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1991    Housescapes, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (Solo Show)

1991    Group Show, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1990    18 Artists, 18 Major Works, 1800N. Clybourn, Chicago, Illinois

1990    For the Birds, Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

1990    New Works, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (Solo Show)

1989    Two Views/Spaces, CO-OP Gallery, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

1988    Disparate Elements, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, Illinois

1987    Alice and Arthur Baer Art Competition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

1987    Mama and Herealism, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1984    Recent Works, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

1983    Off the Loom, Centennial Gallery, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

1982    Recent Works, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois


From 1970 to 1980 I was a professional Portrait Artist with approximately 1500 portrait commissions.

Represented by Portraits Chicago

Lake County Art League, Juror, Spring Show, Waukegan, Illinois 1978

College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, Instructor, Portrait Drawing 1976, 1977



Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

Francis and June Spiezer, Northbrook, Illinois

College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois



1984    Best of Show, Recent Works, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

1983    College of Lake County Foundation Purchase Award, Recent Works on Paper, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois