This Mediterranean-style residence and studio of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, features classical busts, decorative works, and grand sculptures displayed in several rooms and in the sculpture gardens. The historic home, chapel, gardens, and temporary exhibition gallery are open to the public. Our story, although it is Albin Polasek’s story, resonates with every visitor on an intimate level. It is one of perseverance, determination, passion and the American Dream. Our mission is to enrich lives by sharing our story, our setting and our art.
A vibrant cultural center, the Alice Austen House honors the legacy and daring spirit of Alice Austen, a pioneering photographer and an inspiring ‘modern woman’ of the Victorian age. The Austen family home, a Victorian Gothic cottage known as Clear Comfort, serves as the museum.
A converted schoolhouse, this is the primary studio of Andrew Wyeth, in continual use from 1940 until shortly before the artist’s death in January, 2009. The studio is the center of Wyeth’s Pennsylvania world, the rich microcosm that inspired and nourished his art.
Originally a post office and general store, this humble cottage was the home of the Modernist artists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr from 1938 until their respective deaths in 1946 and 1967. Located on the banks of picturesque Titus Mill Pond, Centerport, NY, the cottage’s surroundings provided the subject matter – light, wind, water, and sand – for some of Arthur Dove’s and Helen Torr’s most inspired paintings.
Between the ages of 5 to 28 (1898-1921), Charles Burchfield lived in this house with his widowed mother and five siblings. Here he originated his distinctive watercolor style that seems to visualize the vibrations of nature.
The Bush-Holley House features two distinct time periods – the New Nation (1790-1825), when it was owned by a wealthy merchant, and its later life as a boarding house and home to the Cos Cob art colony (1890-1920). The house displays art and furnishings from both eras. The artists of the “Cos Cob Clapboard School,” as Childe Hassam dubbed it, found inspiration in the atmospheric old house.
With its collection of paintings, sculpture, and illustrated letters by Charles Marion Russell, The C.M. Russell Museum presents the art, history, and culture of the American West. Russell’s 1900 home and his 1903 studio are open to the public.
Chesterwood is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his Minute Man, in Concord, MA, and the Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC. However, he created over 100 monuments during his lifetime, which can be found in 16 states across the country and in Paris, France. Chesterwood encompasses French’s intimate house, his European-inspired landscape and gardens, and his impressive studio, which showcases original plaster models and sculpture in bronze and marble. Admire the view of the Berkshire Hills or stroll around the buildings and grounds as well as the well-established woodland paths designed by French himself.
The traditional adobe home, the earliest parts of which date back to the 1830s, was the home and studio of first, Joseph Henry Sharp, then of Eanger Irving Couse. The two were leading painters of the Taos Society of Artists. The architecture, furnishings, gardens and views here provide unparalleled insight into the artistic life of the Taos art colony.
The Demuth Museum, located in the former home and studio of Charles Demuth, maintains a permanent collection of over 40 Demuth works, and an extensive archive, a library and rotating exhibitions. As a leader of the American Modernist movement, Demuth is best known as a pioneer of the Precisionist style and a master watercolorist. Standing in his studio, visitors can look out over the family’s garden and the city of Lancaster to see the very same views that inspired Demuth’s paintings.