Fueled by the James Castle House in Boise, Idaho, and the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this seasonal virtual tour series ventures deep into the museums, homes, and preserved spaces that nurtured the creation of thousands of artworks.
Events are offered virtually and free of charge upon registration. Live American Sign Language (ASL) is provided.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
Alta Loma, California
April 13, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Kicking off this six-part virtual road trip from Alta Loma, California, we’ll explore the handmade home of self-taught woodworker Sam Maloof and his wife Alfreda. Nestled in the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, this sprawling residence is filled not only with Maloof’s own creations, such as a hand-carved spiral staircase and his famous rocking chairs, but also the artworks of friends and colleagues. As we explore the present-day site, we’ll learn about the ongoing programs that connect and share Sam Maloof’s lasting influence on American craft with contemporary audiences.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Couse-Sharp Historic Site
Taos, New Mexico
May 25, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
On the second stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we'll tour the creative spaces of painters Eanger Irving Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp, both founding members of the Taos Art Colony. Longtime friends and neighbors, Couse and Sharp’s adjacent properties include a complex of charming adobe structures, adapted into homes and studios, as well as a splendid high-desert garden, designed by Couse’s wife, Virginia. These spaces, with their original architecture, furnishings, and collections, provide insight into Couse and Sharp’s daily lives and creative practices in the Taos Art Colony. As we tour the historic site, we’ll discover how the surrounding landscapes and cultures influenced both artists’ work and legacies.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: T.C. Steele State Historic Site
June 8, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
As the third stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll explore the pastoral landscapes that inspired painter Theodore Clement (T.C.) Steele. Perched atop a hill, Steele and his wife Selma’s charming red “House of the Singing Winds” and three studios are surrounded by several acres of tranquil gardens, views of which are captured in many of Steele’s paintings. Exploring the present-day site, we’ll learn about T.C. Steele’s lasting legacy and his philosophy of infusing art and nature into daily life.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Historic Westwood
July 20, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
For the fourth stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll adventure into the awe-inspiring estate and studio of Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Designed specifically for her to meet her vision for a creative space, Lutz’s grand studio features cathedral ceilings, an impressive skylight, a fireplace, and over 30 of her original artworks. Lutz also designed several architectural elements for her home including painted fireplace tiles and frescoed walls. As we tour Historic Westwood, we’ll discover not only Lutz’s creative practice and lifelong commitment to local arts but the site’s ongoing preservation efforts.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation
New York, New York
August 17, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
On the fifth stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll immerse ourselves in the home of sculptor Chaim Gross and his wife and muse, Renee. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this four-story townhouse contained the couple's domestic residence and their creative workspaces. Chaim Gross’s one-of-a-kind studio features an intricate wood floor, dramatic skylight, and over 50 of his major wood, stone, and bronze sculptures. Exploring the present-day site, we’ll hear about the programs and opportunities that connect contemporary artists and audiences to the Grosses’ collections, home, and legacy.
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
East Hampton, New York
September 14, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
As the final stop on this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll venture to the preserved home and studio of painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Evidence of both artists’ spontaneous working styles is still visible on the floors and walls of the barn-turned-studio, where sharp lines and colorful splatters indicate where several works of art were created. Their rustic home remains an intimate space, filled with well-loved records, books, and personal items that speak to both artists’ tastes and daily lives. As we delve into the site as it is today, we’ll learn about the efforts to share Pollock and Krasner’s work and promote scholarship in 20th-century American art.
Watch all recorded presentations from the 2021 Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip. Featured sites include: