historic artists' homes and studios
The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of more than 30 museums that were the homes and studios of American artists. Each site is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the places where art was made. HAHS, headquartered at Chesterwood, is a peer-to-peer coalition of sites that brings these museums together to conserve the legacy of creativity in the visual arts in America.
Artists’ workplaces and homes reveal the inner workings of the creative process and insights into artists’ sources of inspiration. In these places, one discovers the specific, demonstrable relationship between the artist, the artwork, and the environment of art-making. With much dedication and hard work, many artists’ homes and studios across the United States have been preserved as museums, offering visitors the opportunity to experience these powerful places and providing scholars with rich primary-source material.
Since its establishment by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) in 1999, HAHS has developed into a successful community of practice, working with 36 member sites that serve more than half a million visitors in nearly every part of the United States. This network of sites leverages the knowledge and experience of individual members to benefit the entire coalition in critical areas, including historic preservation, visitor and community programming, and communications.
Learn more about the HAHS program at the HAHS website and stay connected here through our monthly update on HAHS, SITE SPOTLITE.
Support for the program is made possible through grants from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation.
Each month, we present a peek at one of the more than 30 museums across the US that participate in the HAHS program.
Here is a list of the ever-growing
roster of HAHS sites:
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park, FL
Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY
Andrew Wyeth Studio, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
Arthur Dove/Helen Torr Cottage, Centerport, NY
Burchfield Homestead Society, Salem, OH
Bush-Holley Histoic Site, Cos Cob, CT
C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
Couse-Sharp Historic Site, Taos, NM
David Ireland House, San Francisco, CA
Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA
Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, NY
Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio, The Valentine, Richmond, VA
Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, Lenox, MA
Gari Melters Home and Studio, Fredericksburg, VA
Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio, Abiquiu, NM
Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, Ukiah, CA
Grant Wood Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA
John F. Peto Studio Museum, lsland Heights, NJ
Judd Foundation, New York, NY
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, CO
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY
Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, LA
Mercer Museum & Foothill Castle, Doylestown, PA
N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY
Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York, NY
Rockwell Kent-James Fitzgerald Historic Artists' Home and Studio, Monhegan Island, ME
Roger Brown Study Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, Alta Loma, CA
T. C. Steele State Historic Site, Nashville, IN
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY
Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Site, Kansas City, MO
Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT
The Wharton Esherick Museum, Malvern, PA
Winslow Homer Studio, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Images: Left: Andrew Wyeth, with Battleground on the easel. Photo credit: © Peter Ralston, 1981; Right: Andrew Wyeth’s studio, with a reproduction of Raccoon (1958) on the easel and reproduction drawings taped to the wall. Photo credit: Carlos Alejandro. Both Images Courtesy Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA.