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SPACES is dedicated to the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity.

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Constructing the Miniature Museum: from the Irwin Rubin Archive

11 / 14 / 2022

Many art environments either are or start as home-based collections connected to a larger creative practice. This can make these collections somewhat …

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Build/Live/Work: In Conversation with Elizabeth Driscoll Smith

10 / 19 / 2022

Elizabeth D. Smith is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture Department at the University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in…

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Finster Fest: The Celebration Continues

09 / 21 / 2022

Can you introduce yourself, your positions, and your work in the field of art environments? OK: Hi there! I’m Olivia Knauss and starting in December 2…

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Recently Added Environments

Allen Park (Hobbitville)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Rosemary Ollison's Home

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Thing!

Dragoon, Arizona

God's Little Acre

Tucson, Arizona

Hi Jolly Monument

Quartzsite, Arizona

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Suitland, Maryland

McCourtie Park

Somerset Center, Michigan

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From the Archives

SPACES’ Archive assistant Rachel Allison is currently working on digitizing Seymour Rosen’s slide collection documenting art environments. This photo is a recently digitized slide from the Jenner Beach Driftwood environment from 1973. An environment page for Jenner Beach is coming soon!



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