Sara VanDerBeek was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1976 and lives in New York City. She received her BFA from Cooper Union School of Art and Science in New York City in 1998. VanDerBeek’s work has been presented in a one-person exhibition at The Approach, London, UK and D’Amelio Terras in New York, and has been included in numerous thematic exhibitions such as Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.C.; New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.; Signs of the Times at the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.C.; A New High in Getting Low at Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany; The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; and Radiant City at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA. VanDerBeek used her residency to create work for her Hammer Projects exhibition (September 10, 2011-January 8, 2012) through which she explored her personal experience of Los Angeles.
The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from The James Irvine Foundation.