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Pasaquan's Revival

The Grand Re-Opening

The Kohler Foundation-restored Pasaquan is now open to the public after two years of structural repairs and intense art conservation work. 

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As I began to edit this newsletter, it came as somewhat of a shock to me that this is the ten-year anniversary of my service as Director of SPACES, a position I assumed after the death of our founding Director Seymour Rosen. And while I have been documenting, studying, and writing about art environments for – yikes! – almost 45 years, the intensity of my work for SPACES has driven my passion for this field to a new and extremely gratifying level.

Over this past decade we have experienced an upwelling of interest in art environments from a variety of global artistic and cultural players, and this has helped animate some major successes in saving or bringing long-delayed recognition to some sites whose very existences were being threatened. This will ensure that our children and our children’s children will also have the opportunity to share in the joy that interacting with these very special spaces provides. In addition to our strong work in advocacy, over the past ten years SPACES has curated or supported the curation of numerous museum and gallery exhibitions both here and abroad; provided access to our archival documentation for museums, galleries, filmmakers, authors, and graduate students; lectured and published on art environments internationally; and had our work cited as globally important, particularly as our increasingly-robust website – supported by an enthusiastic cadre of writers, researchers, and photographers from all over the world – broadens the reach of our efforts.

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, once again, for your support of our work in this genre-bending field. We are honored by your confidence, and, with your help, look forward to continuing to make major strides in our goals to identify, document, and advocate for art environments worldwide. 
And, as always, we are also delighted to accept donations of archival materials as you visit sites, take photos, collect publications, or clip articles. We couldn’t do what we do without you! 
Thanks again, and warmest wishes for the holidays and the upcoming new year!!
– Jo Farb Hernández

SPACES Director Jo Farb Hernandez met with representatives of the Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center earlier in November. While enjoying a visit to James Tellen’s art environment outside of Sheboygan, she had an opportunity to review the gallery space that is being allocated to SPACES in conjunction with JMKAC’s 50th anniversary celebration next fall. Included in that display will be photographs, archival materials, and artworks, all from the collection of SPACES.

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Mary Tillman Smith

An artist in the South Mississippi town of Hazlehurst, Mary T. Smith (1904-1995) was known for repurposing discarded scrap metal as a canvas for her brightly colored portraiture, arranged thoughtfully along her white picket fence. 

"Her yard show was an installation that faced out to the public and was meant to be an expression of herself to the world."  — Jay Wehnert

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As we approach #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29th, we know that you receive numerous requests for year-end donations for well-deserving projects. The Board and I know that the world of those interested in art environments and self-taught art is fairly small, so we would be honored if you would help us to maintain our activities through a tax-deductible gift to SPACES at this time. 
SPACES continues to make available books, buttons, DVDs, and journals from our archives as thank-you gifts for donors -- please contact us for the complete inventory. This year, for the first time, we will have copies of my groundbreaking book on Spanish art environments, Singular Spaces, as well as the Architectures book published by the Collection d’Art Brut in Lausanne (in English or French), which includes a major essay by SPACES Board member Laurent Danchin, available for donors of $250 or more. Other gift-worthy books listed below are available for donations of $100 or more. (Many of these items are limited or one-of-a-kind, so are offered on a first-come/first-serve basis.)
  • Seymour Rosen’s In Celebration of Ourselves (1978)
  • Jo Farb Hernández' Forms of Tradition in Contemporary Spain (2005)
  • Gregg Blasdel's Clarence Schmidt (1975)
  • Holly Metz' Two Arks, a Palace, Some Robots, and Mr. Freedom’s Fabulous Fifty Acres: Grassroots Art in New Jersey Communities (1989)
  • Early issues of Raw Vision
Thank you again for your support of our work! Happy Holidays!

More newly added sites

In order:
Bogdan Ziętek - Brzeźnica, Poland
The Painted Village - Zalipie, Poland
Ralph Vaughn's Revival - Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA
Olayami Dabls'  MBAD African Bead Museum - Detroit, Michigan, USA
In memory of Bishopsville, South Carolina's Dalton Stevens (1930-2016), who passed away on Nov. 21, we're sharing this wonderful short documentary film by our friend Ava Lowrey (2016). Stevens had been creating folk art with buttons for over 20 years, becoming known as “The Button King.”
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Kohler, WI 53044

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