• Looking for the perfect addition to your workshop overalls? How about our Esherick Studio Enamel Pin! This playful interpretation of the Studio building measures 1" x 1.5" -- a perfect little reminder to stay inspired no matter what you're working on.  
  • Kitchen Think: A guide to design and construction, from refurbishing to renovation By Nancy R. Hiller For two decades, Hiller has made a living by turning limitations into creative, lively and livable kitchens for her clients. Her new book, “Kitchen Think,” is an invitation to learn from both her completed kitchen designs (plus kitchens from a few others - including Wharton Esherick) and from the way she works in her Bloomington, Ind., workshop. Published by Lost Art Press. Hardcover. 8-1/2” x 11”, 368 pages and printed in full color.
  • Along with museums and businesses across the country and around the world, the Wharton Esherick Museum closed in mid-March and has suffered substantial financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please consider donating to the COVID-19 Studio Relief Fund today.

    A gift of any amount - $10, $25, $50, $100, or more - makes a difference. Your support will ensure we recover from these unexpected losses with creativity and resilience. Thank you!

    The Wharton Esherick Museum is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  
  • Established in 1999, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a coalition of museums throughout the country that were the homes and studios of American artists. From the desert vistas of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico ranch to Winslow Homer’s studio on the rocky, windswept coast of southern Maine, the homes and studios in the network are sites of extraordinary creativity. The Wharton Esherick Museum is proud to be a founding HAHS member, and a site featured in this publication.

    Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios is the first guidebook to the network, conveying each artist’s visual legacy and setting each site in the context of its architecture and landscape, which often were designed by the artists themselves. Through portraits, artwork, and site photos, discover the powerful influence of place on American greats such as Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Lee Krasner, and Donald Judd, as well as lesser-known but equally creative figures who made important contributions to cultural history---multimedia artist James Castle, photographer Alice Austen, and muralist Clementine Hunter among them.

    Organized by region Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios weaves the history of the sites’ architecture and landscape with the artists’ biographies and their visual legacy. The guide features portraits of the artists, examples of their artwork, site descriptions, and photographs as well as visitor information and a site map.

      Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios: A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

    By Valerie A. Balint | Foreword by Wanda M. Corn, Preface by Donna Hassler and Katherine Malone-France

    Publication date: June 2, 2020. Paperback with flaps. 256 pages. 225 Color & B+W photographs.

    Cover photo by Don Freeman, 2019

  • open book showing spread of exhibition book cover with detail of becky suss painting
  • car magnet with esherick quote in black text car bumber magnet with Esherick quote
  • Set of four postcards including images of Wharton's studio home, dining room, bedroom and spiral staircase.  Each postcard measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • black and white woodcut image of barn down a hill beyond bare trees
    From W.E. Woodblock Prints:  5 Blank inside cards ( sizes range from 4 7/8" x 6 1/4" to 5" x 7"). Choose an assorted set or 5 of the same image. *Comes with specially sized envelopes*
  • The Wharton Esherick Museum is a beacon for the creative spirit and by being a member it is yours to experience again and again, as all membership levels include free admission benefits. Members also represent our most engaged audience. As a member, you provide critical support to preserve and promote Wharton’s extraordinary home and collection, ensuring our doors stay open for generations to come.

    By joining the Esherick Society with a gift of $1,000 or more, you become a member of a very special group of Museum enthusiasts who, through their generosity, invest in the Museum’s sustainability and future.


    Oak Circle – $1,000 – $2,499

    Walnut Circle – $2,500 – $4,999

    Cherry Circle – $5,000 +

  • 2018 edition of the Horse-Shoe Trail Guidebook with 10 full-color topographical maps. The Horse-Shoe Trail is a public trail for hiking and horseback riding. It begins in Valley Forge and continues westward for over 140 miles to its junction with the Appalachian Trail on the crest of Stony Mountain north of Hershey. This trail guide, along with a complete set of maps, is a valuable resource for planning your hike on this historic trail. The guide is 73 pages long and contains 10 fold out topographical maps showing the route of the trail.
  • The Wharton Esherick Museum is a beacon for the creative spirit and by being a member it is yours to experience again and again, as all membership levels include free admission benefits. Members also represent our most engaged audience. As a member, you provide critical support to preserve and promote Wharton’s extraordinary home and collection, ensuring our doors stay open for generations to come.

    Artist / Student (With ID) Member – $30

    Individual Member – $50

    Dual Member – $85

    Family / Household Membership – $125

    Supporting Member – $250 – $499

    Sustaining Member – $500 – $999

  • Your generous donation provides the financial support we need as a donor-dependent organization. Your gift gives us the critical, unrestricted support to preserve and share Wharton’s legacy for generations to come. Thank you!

    The Wharton Esherick Museum is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
  • Totebag is made from recycled material and features the print "Change, Change, Change" by Wharton Esherick from the book Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk.
  • Black or Burgundy print on white. 100% cotton
  • Available in black print on white t-shirt, or as white print on black t-shirt. 100% cotton.
  • Black print on ash grey shirt. The print is "The Hammersmen" from Wharton's illustrated and illuminated "Song of the Broad-Axe" by Walt Whitman.
  • T-shirt features Wharton's woodcut illustration for D.H. Lawrence's "Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine", a collection of essays published by Centaur Press in 1926. Available as white print on black t-shirt. 100% cotton.
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  • Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind is the first and only comprehensive look at the colorful life and work of this seminal artist-craftsman. Written by Esherick's son-in-law, it is rich in biographical detail. Lavishly illustrated, it features photos from the Esherick archive in combination with photographs taken expressly for this book of the woodland studio that Esherick designed, built, and furnished for himself over the course of several decades. Now a historic house museum, preserved as Esherick left it, this remarkable structure and its contents, almost all of which he made by hand, are testament to the warmth, poetry, and passion of the one of America's most influential and celebrated artist-craftsman.
  •  Artist Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) is best known for his sculptural wood pieces and the way he applied the principles of sculpture to designs for functional objects. His pioneering work has made him an inspiration to fine woodworkers worldwide, helping to elevate the medium from craft to major art museums. Much of Esherick’s work is now on display in this rural studio he built on a hillside in Pennsylvania. This catalog documents, with beautiful color photography, more than 130 paintings, woodblock prints, sculpture, and utilitarian objects found at the Wharton Esherick Museum. One gains an appreciation for the range and depth of Esherick’s work when these pieces can be studied individually.
  • Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern explores Esherick’s artistic evolution during the early decades of the twentieth century, culminating in the exhibition of his work as part of the Pennsylvania Hill House at the 1940 World's Fair in New York City. Trained as an illustrator and painter, experienced in modern theater and dance, well exposed to new ideas in philosophy, politics, and literature, Esherick experimented with woodcarving and printmaking, laying the foundation for his emergence as an artist of remarkable range.
  • In 1922, Wharton Esherick showed a copy Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk, which he had illustrated with woodcut prints, to Harold Mason, owner of the Centaur Bookshop in Philadelphia. Impressed by what he saw, Mason asked Esherick to illustrate Walt Whitman’s Song of the Broad-Axe, which Mason published in a limited edition in 1924.  Inspired by the woodcuts, Esherick created a hand-bound prototype book of Whitman’s poem, using prints made directly from his blocks and hand-lettering it in Esherick’s own calligraphic style. Illuminated letters were used to begin paragraphs, and spaces at the end of lines were filled with blue and yellow drawings that reflect the content of the verses. The result of this labor of love was a work of art, 17x12 inches, with pages of handmade paper, folded and uncut.  This book is a reproduction of Esherick’s prototype, authorized by the Wharton Esherick Museum. Though this edition is smaller than the prototype book, the original was carefully scanned and printed to provide as true a reproduction as possible. It faithfully captures the artist’s vision and skill and, for the first time, makes this wonderful work available to the general public. It will be appreciated by all admirers of Esherick, Whitman, and lovers of fine books. 
  • The Society was very pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Bob Bascom and the Wharton Esherick Society staff in the production of this special publication and celebrates the life of a truly remarkable woman, and shares some of the stories from her lifelong relationship with her beloved husband, their family, and the community.
  • This facsimile edition of a 1922 children’s book features seventy-three dynamic and whimsical woodcut illustrations—the first woodcuts that the famed American craftsman Wharton Esherick produced. A high-quality replica authorized by the Wharton Esherick Museum, this book reveals the foundation of Esherick’s direction as an artist. Edited by Museum director Paul Eisenhauer, it also features a foreword by Museum assistant curator Laura Heemer. The illustrations frame verses that introduce children to the principles of evolution, a highly controversial topic at the time: the book was published three years before the famous Scopes “Monkey” trial of 1925 that resulted in the inclusion of the teaching of evolution in public schools. Drawn by the excitement of the controversy, Esherick threw his passion into these illustrations. Afterward he would go on to carve over 300 woodcuts, leading to decorative carving, and ultimately, to Esherick’s realization that he was a sculptor rather than a painter.
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