• 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

  • A rich collection of imagery explores the actual homes of three of the most esteemed wood artist/craftsmen of the modern era: Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloofi, and George Nakashima. Tour the private homes of these masters and compare their innovation and vision through the medium of their own homes, gardens, and work areas. Step into their environments, where aesthetics are most accurately realized. You’ll delight in Esherick’s humble mountaintop home where straight lines were purposefully forbidden, and Maloof’s sprawling California home that expresses his inexhaustible creativity and industriousness. Nakashima‘s home is a harmonious marriage of Japanese influences with Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources. This book is a must-have for devotees of these artists, as well as aspiring woodworkers who want tutelage from the top.
  • Looking for the perfect addition to your workshop overalls? How about our Esherick Stool Enamel Pin! A playful interpretation of Esherick's three-legged stool.  It measures 1.25" x 1.5" and provides a perfect little reminder to stay inspired no matter what you're working on.  
  • 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.  
  • Become a Member

    From: $30.00
    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

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    Dual Member – $85

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  • Memories by one of Esherick’s apprentices that includes interesting insights to Esherick's personality and working style. Authored by Horace Hartshaw, 2004. Paperback, 45pp.
  • small vase with painted yellow lines, tall yellow "chimney" and pale reddish pink ladder-like handle small vase with painted yellow lines, tall yellow "chimney" and pale reddish pink ladder-like handle, on Esherick's deck table
    Yellow Line Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 8" H x 5" W x 3.5" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM4
  • tall and narrow ceramic vase with yellow grid and turquoise top, holding yellow sunflowers tall and narrow ceramic vase with yellow grid and turquoise top, on Esherick's deck table
    Yellow Grid Vessel, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze. 13" H x 7" W x 4" D   Created by WEM Artist-in-Residence Roberta Massuch, this one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel was inspired by elements of Esherick's Studio. Learn more about the Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which features new site-specific works that reflect Roberta's sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. Member discount cannot be applied. ITEM# RAM-WEM2

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