A graduate of Bennington College where she received a B.A. in sculpture and drawing, Libby Lyman was selected as the first Monhegan artist resident in 1989. In the 2006 exhibition catalogue about the artist residency program, Lyman described the critical role that the experience played in launching her artistic career:
When I headed for Monhegan Island, I imagined a wonderful block of time to work on my art with reckless abandon, without concern or thought for those pesky duties of life. It was that, but it was also so much more.
I welcomed the solitude and Monhegan’s vast beauty. Hiking the island every day, watching the ducks and gulls grow up, seeing how close I could wander to the deer, snorkeling in the great tide pool on the other side, sitting staring at the ocean and allowing dreams to surface. The islanders were so friendly and supportive, yet so respectful of my time. Living in the unchanged home of one very creative soul was truly inspiring. It all gave me internal room and enabled the passions of my heart to bubble up. It shifted the direction of my life, and I thank the Carina residency for its part in my creative development.
Sarah Knock is represented by Greenhut Galleries in Portland where she has had numerous solo exhibits. Her work has also been exhibited at Colby College , the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum , the Penobscot Marine Museum , and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She is the recipient of an individual fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission and a Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island . Her work is in the collections of MBNA, L.L. Bean, TD Banknorth and others. Her work is also represented in the following books: Paintings of Maine , The Art of Monhegan Island , and The Art of Maine in Winter. Her work was featured in July 2004 in Down East magazine in an article entitled The Beguiling Waterscapes of Freeport ‘s Sarah Knock. She shows her work frequently at Greenhut Galleries in Portland.