Historic Artists' Homes and Studios
Historic Artists' Homes and Studios is a consortium of America's most significant artists' spaces that are open to the public and serve over 600,000 visitors each year. These extraordinary sites are the intimate living and work spaces of painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, and furniture designers. They include superb collections and intact studios, landscapes, and homes dating as far back as the 17th century. Here, visitors may see original palettes and brushes, study plaster casts and tools, and look out of the artists’ windows to partake of the views that inspired them.
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The New York City home and studio of artist Donald Judd (1928-1994).
This former Mediterranean-style home and studio of internationally known sculptor, Albin Polasek (1879–1965), features his life-like busts and grand sculptures in several rooms as well as the broad gardens that slope down to Lake Osceola.
Alice Austen (1866-1952), who is ranked among the foremost early American women documentary photographers, was born and lived in her family's "Clear Comfort" home for 80 years.
This National Historic Landmark features the c. 1730 Bush-Holley House, home of the first art colony in Connecticut, where American Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman (1853–1902), J. Alden Weir (1852–1919), Theodore Robinson (1852–1896), Childe Hassam (1859–1935) and Elmer MacRae (1875–1953) gathered to paint and share ideas.
The C.M. Russell Museum complex includes western painter Charles Russell’s 1900 Victorian home and the log studio he built next to it in 1903. Both the home and studio, on their original sites, are registered historic landmarks and are open to the public.
Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is the founder of the Hudson River School and his Federal style brick home "Cedar Grove" is where many of his best known masterpieces were created.
The Messencope house was the primary residence of the artist Charles Demuth (1883-1935), a leader of the American Modernist movement.
Daniel Chester French was a leading turn-of-the-century sculptor. His studio, Chesterwood, nestled in Stockbridge, MA, provided a retreat from New York's urban life. A National Trust Historic Site.
The home and studio of Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936) survives with his furnishings, collections, archives, and several of the Native American paintings for which he became famous. The site also includes two studios of Joseph Henry Sharp, Couse's neighbor and colleague in the Taos Society of Artists.
A major 19th-century artist, Edward V. Valentine (1838-1930) was one of the most talented Southern sculptors of the post-Civil War period.
In 1892, celebrated European sculptress Elisabet Ney (1833-1907) built this small neoclassical studio in the remote natural setting of Hyde Park, Austin, Texas. A national, state and local historic landmark, the studio is one of only five 19th-century sculptors' studios in the country open to the public.
Between 1899 and the 1920s, the Florence Griswold House was the communal heart of the Lyme Art Colony. Now home to the Florence Griswold Museum, it includes an impressive collection of American paintings.
Completed in 1912, Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), archaeologist, collector, and tile maker.
The Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio is a Bauhaus-inspired Modernist structure. The design of the 1929 studio was influenced by that of the Paris studio where George L.K. Morris studied under Fernand Léger.
The 18th-century Belmont estate was the home and studio of prominent portraitist and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932).
This outstanding home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), famous for her paintings of abstract flowers and natural objects found in the desert, is open by appointment through the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Grace Hudson Museum is an art, history, and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936). In addition to being nationally recognized for her oil portraits of Native Americans, Hudson was also an accomplished watercolorist and landscape painter.
Grant Wood lived and worked in this small carriage house from approximately 1924-1934, where he created many of his most famous paintings, including American Gothic (1930).
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has one of the most important displays of 20th-century decorative arts in America, with an emphasis on the first three quarters of the 20th century. The studio of Colorado's distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1981), where he painted and taught at the Kirkland School of Art, remains intact with his painting tables, brushes, dowels and remaining paints. Kirkland's historic Arts & Crafts style studio (1910-1911), is the oldest commercial art building in Denver and the second oldest in Colorado. A modernist Colorado collection of more than 150 artists is also on view.
Manitoga is the modern home, studio and 75-acre forest garden of pre-eminent American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904 - 1976). Developed between 1942 and 1976, Manitoga provides a comprehensive experience of Wright’s enduring vision of the unity of nature and design. The House, called “Dragon Rock,” sits on the ledge of an abandoned quarry, where Wright diverted a stream to create a 30-foot waterfall cascading into the quarry pond. Wright was a prolific designer of affordable objects for the home. His modernist designs for living influenced the lives of millions of 20th century Americans. Cornerstones of his creative philosophy include designing through experimentation with new materials, the combination of natural and synthetic materials, and the concept that good design is for everyone. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark.
The house, studio, barn, open fields, orchard, and woodland of N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) nourished three generations of American artists, including Andrew, Henriette, and James B. Wyeth, whose heritage is firmly rooted in this site.
The Dove/Torr Cottage was the home of Arthur Dove (1880-1946) and Helen Torr (1886-1967).
Olana, the home created by Hudson River School artist Frederic E. Church (1826–1900), is one of the most complete, intact 19th-century artist’s residences in the United States.
This is the former home and studio of Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), and Lee Krasner (1908-1984), two of the foremost Abstract Expressionist painters.
A 1889 two-story brick storefront building became the primary studio and residence of Roger Brown, one of the Chicago Imagists who was known for the critical relationship between his collection of art and objects and his artistic practice.
This 150-acre National Park Service site consists of the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's foremost sculptors.
Acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers and master craftsmen of our time, Sam Maloof (1916-2009) has designed and produced furniture infused with a profound artistic vision for more than half a century. Over the years, he created a home of unique beauty and artistry that is a setting for his furniture and for the extensive art collections he gathered with his wife.
The T.C. Steele State Historic Site includes the last home and studio of Indiana artist Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), a member of the noted Hoosier Group of American Impressionist painters.
The home and studio of renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer, and writer, Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) remains virtually untouched since his death.
Perhaps the finest remaining landscape of American Impressionism, Weir Farm was the summer home and workplace of J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism.
The home and studio of Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century, linking the Arts and Crafts movement to the Studio Furniture movement.