Moxie by Proxy: Sarah Getz on Arthur Kimmig Getz

Season 1 - Episode 13

Moxie by Proxy is a feature of Main Street Moxie in which an “expert” introduces us to the moxie of someone from the past. In this episode, Sarah Getz discusses the moxie of her late father, The New Yorker magazine artist Arthur Kimmig Getz. We talk about Arthur’s creative and pragmatic moxie and explore the intergenerational and intentional moxie of Sarah in her yoga instruction and her own medium for her creativity–writing.

Between 1938 and 1988, Arthur Kimmig Getz created 213 covers for The New Yorker, making him the most prolific cover artist for the magazine of the twentieth century. Arthur was also a fine artist, wrote and illustrated children’s books, and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the University of Connecticut, and the Washington Art Association in Washington, Connecticut. In addition to his New Yorker covers and spot drawings, Arthur’s illustrations were published in American Childhood, Audubon, Colliers, Consumer Reports, Cue, Esquire, Fortune, The Nation, The National Guardian, The New Masses, The New Republic, PM, Reader’s Digest, Saturday Review, Stage, and The Reporter.

Even as he enjoyed success as an illustration artist, Arthur continued to pursue fine art painting. In 1960 he was offered his first one-man show at the Babcock Gallery in New York City. The gallery director requested that Arthur, already well known for his covers, exhibit his fine art under a different name, concerned that his association with “commercial” (illustration) art would hinder his recognition as a fine artist. Arthur chose to use his middle name, Kimmig, for his signature on his fine artwork.

Sarah has a moxie of her own. She teaches yoga-inspired somatic self-care practices both online and locally. The former director of Yoga at Space in Lakeville, CT, Sarah has been a Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor since 1994.

After first practicing and working as a studio manager at Jivamukti in New York City, she studied many styles, focusing on the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. Sarah’s current source of inspiration is Embodyoga®, the work of Patty Townsend. Sarah holds two 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certifications, two 500-hour Certifications, and is a Nationally Registered E-RYT 500-hour Yoga Alliance Instructor.  In addition to teaching, Sarah is a word witch, a cat lady, a cancer survivor, a tree hugger, and a devotee of unsweetened chocolate.

Sarah graduated from The New School with a combined degree in women’s studies, writing, and music. She played classical flute and electric guitar before choosing a quieter day job as a yoga teacher.  Sarah studied writing with Sekou Sundiata, Bernadette Mayer, Natalie Goldberg, and various instructors at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. A birthright Quaker and native New Yorker, she now lives in northwestern Connecticut with her husband and two rowdy cats.


Arthur Getz
ARTHUR GETZ | The New Yorker
Arthur Getz – Wikipedia
Yoga with Sara Getz
Yoga at Space
Free Your Neck & Shoulders – Main Street Magazine
Better Posture, Better Breathing, Better Mood – Main Street Magazine
Yoga: Playful Practice for Body and Mind –  Main Street Magazine, page 29

Social Links

Twitter: @SarahAGetz
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Instagram for the art of Arthur Kimmig Getz: @arthurkimmiggetz

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