I make art out of compulsion, curiosity, and my love of process. I learn through the act of making, and this passion for discovery is integral to who I am. The things I make often speak for me. Art allows me to be in places and with people and, hopefully, to talk across space and time. My work is an opportunity to know materials and to develop mastery.
Sara Tabbert is a printmaker and mixed media artist from Fairbanks, Alaska. With an MFA in printmaking from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her love of woodblock printing has led to the creation of carved, painted wooden panels. In addition to smaller work, Tabbert’s large-scale public art commissions can be found throughout Alaska. Her work is housed in public collections through the state and far beyond. In early 2020, the Alaska State Museum presented a solo exhibit of her recent work.
Tabbert has been awarded grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. In addition to residencies in the US, Canada, Argentina, and Italy, Tabbert has been a summer and winter artist in residence through the National Park Service in Denali, Zion and Isle Royale National Parks, as well as on the Chilkoot Trail in a joint residency hosted by NPS and Parks Canada. She was recently selected as a 2021 Windgate Fellow at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia.
Sharing art with young people is one of Tabbert’s priorities and she has worked actively over the past ten years as a teaching artist with schools throughout Alaska. When not in the workshop, she enjoys skiing and hiking with her 4 dogs.
1997 Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2019 University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Engineering, Learning, and Innovation Facility, AK
2018 Spruce Tree Montessori, Fairbanks, AK
2017 Ryan Middle School, Fairbanks, AK
2016 Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai, AK
2015 Ornament for Capitol Christmas Tree, Alaska Geographic/Chugach National Forest
Pathways High School, Palmer, AK
Recent Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2018 20 Years of Woodcuts, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
2017 Subject and Object, Alaska House Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
Passing Through, Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, AK (with Carla Potter)
Material Meaning, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE (with Kathy Puzey)
2016 Recent Explorations, Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage, AK
2015 Intricate Nature, Alaska House Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
Select Grants and Awards
2017 Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded a residency at Taft-Nicholson Center, MT
2013 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award Project Grant, funded a collaborative art and woodworking project
2012 Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded travel for Park Service residency on Isle Royale
2010 Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded a residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded a printmaking residency in Florence, Italy
Human History Museum, Zion National Park, UT // Valdez Museum and Historical Archives, Valdez, AK // Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR // Isle Royale National Park, MI // Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK // Denali National Park and Preserve, AK // Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK // Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, AK // Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA // State Ferry M/V Fairweather, Alaska State Marine Highway System // University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK // State of Alaska Art Bank, Anchorage, AK // Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE