Barbara Hageman Sarvis (Artist)


Barbara Hageman Sarvis was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey and academically trained at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, Vermont Studio Center, The Charles Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy, Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. In addition, she worked as an apprentice to Audrey Flack in the 1970’s.

She continued graduate level work in both art and special education at the University of North Florida. After graduate studies, she was employed by Episcopal High School as the Visual Arts Chair. She held various art administration positions including the Curator of Education for The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art and Executive Director for The Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She served as the Chairperson of Visual Arts and President of The National Society of Arts and Letters, Northeast, Florida Chapter.

During the last ten years, she wrote, illustrated and published five children’s books in addition to having nine paintings published, this year, by literary journals. Presently she works as a Teaching Artist at MASSMoCA and lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

20th Anniversary Celebration

In the winter of 2020, Covid19 re-introduced me to several unfinished paintings hanging in my studio. For many weeks I stared at the images on the canvas while listening to the daily news. Feelings of rage,sadness and powerlessness overpowered me regarding immigration, systemic racism, climate change, equal rights and a woman’s right to choose.

The paintings could no longer exist as a portrait, landscape or floral, but instead became visual stories that I had to tell as a catharsis for change.

Works featured:

Fire Ring II (Oil on Canvas 24X24) featured in Literary Journal Issue IV:  Fall 2022 and Spiritual Vision Art Exhibition, Fontboone University, 2023

In The Watchtower (Oil on Canvas 24X24) in Poetry Box/Poeming Pigeon, International Art and Literary Annual Journal 2022

Goddess with the Venus of Willendorf and the GateKeeper (Oil on Canvas 24X36) 

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