WHAT IS HAHS?

The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) is a coalition of more than 30 museums that were the homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity.

Advisory Committee

As of January, 2014  

Wanda Corn, Chair 

Wanda M. Corn, now retired from her teaching position at Stanford University, has been an advocate for HAHS since its inception. Having once failed in her efforts to save an important artist's home in Washington DC, she taught herself the history of artists' spaces in this country and today educates others about lessons learned from preserved homes, studios, viewsheds, and material possessions.

Rolf Diamant

Rolf Diamant is a writer and historian and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Vermont. During his prior career with the National Park Service, Rolf pioneered new approaches for enhancing the relevancy and expanding constituencies for sites he managed for the NPS including the Frederick Law Olmsted Office and Archives, the Longfellow National Historic Site and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  Rolf has been involved in HAHS since its establishment.

Helen Harrison

Helen A. Harrison, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, NY, has been involved with HAHS since its inception. She was on the planning committee that convened in 2000 to design and implement the National Trust's HAHS program.

Donna Hassler, Administrator  

Donna Hassler is the Executive Director of Chesterwood and the Administrator  of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  A museum professional for over 30 years, Ms. Hassler is also an art historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century American art.  She was the co-author of the two-volume catalogue on the American sculpture collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nora Mitchell 

Nora Mitchell is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Vermont and an advisor to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.   Prior to retiring from a long career with the National Parks Service, Nora was the founding director of the Conservation Study Institute, and the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, technical centers advising historic sites on landscape history and management - interests that lead her to HAHS.

Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone is Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a HAHS site.  Lisa Stone’s research and teaching concern the preservation and interpretation of artists’ environments, collections, and homes/studios. Her goal for the RBSC is to allow the histories of the 19th century building and a 20th century artist perform fully in the 21st century, and to enact historic preservation as a creative activity. 

Karen Zukowski, Website Editor    

Karen Zukowski is the editor of the HAHS website, and has been on the HAHS Advisory Council since its inception.  Her PhD is on late 19th-century American artists’ studios, and she was the curator of Olana, a HAHS site, and is now on its board.  As an independent writer she publishes on artists’ studios and domestic environments.   As a consultant she wrote the Furnishings Investigation for 101 Spring Street, Donald Judd’s home and a HAHS site; and she serves on the collections committee for Manitoga, another HAHS site.