Sarah Bane

Sarah Bane
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Printmaking and materiality, the history of display practices
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, Miriam Wattles, Cynthia Burlingham (Director, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts/Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, Hammer Museum, UCLA)
Dissertation: “Join the Club: Regional Print Clubs in the United States during the Interwar Period”
M.A. Thesis: "The Art of the Show Window: The Role of Fine Art and Artists in the Formation of the Department Store and its Displays," completed 2014


Sarah Bane is a doctoral candidate at University of California, Santa Barbara where she specializes in printmaking. Sarah completed her minor exams Japanese printmaking from Ukiyo-e to lithography and her major exams in European and American Printmaking from the Etching Revival to the 1960s. Sarah is currently working on her dissertation which examines the understudied institutional histories of regional print clubs that proliferated across the United States during the 1930s. Sarah's dissertation research has been generously supported through fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Huntington Library, The Bancroft Library, as well as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Sarah graduated with her B.A. in art history and anthropology from Vassar College.

Sarah has also pursued her passion for printmaking through several museum exhibitions and internships. Most recently, Sarah served as the 2020-2021 Getty Graduate Curatorial Intern at the Getty Research Institute in Prints and Drawings. Sarah curated the exhibition Prints! The Joan and Stuart Levin Collection at the Art Design and Architecture Museum. Sarah also worked as the International Fine Print Dealers Association Curatorial Intern at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts where she helped produce a digital archive of Corita Kent’s work. Sarah has also worked at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens where she curated several exhibitions of works on paper including, Funny Business: Humor in British Drawings from Hogarth to Rowlandsonin 2015.

Sarah was appointed to the Association of Print Scholars' Workshop Coordinator position in 2019. The APS Workshop for Early Career Curators and Scholars to take place in 2022-2023 was awarded a major grant from the Getty Foundation’s The Paper Project in 2020.