Sarah Hallowell was a prominent member of cultured Chicago society.
On 6 October 1890 Sarah Hallowell was recommended by the collector Thomas B. Clarke as a possible Manager of the Fine Arts Department of the Chicago Exposition. Her friend, Bertha Honoré Palmer was appointed President of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893; she was instrumental in organizing the exhibits in the Woman's Building and took particular interest in the fine art exhibition. Sarah Hallowell shared her interests and travelled with her, visiting artists' studios in Europe, including that of Whistler.
Letters in Chicago Public Library and the Art Institute of Chicago.