SPACES at Kohler Foundation

SPACES at Kohler Foundation in Kohler, Wis.


After a multi-year transition, Kohler Foundation is proud to welcome SPACES Archives to Kohler, Wis. Kohler Foundation has been committed to the preservation of art environments since taking on the conservation of Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park in 1976 and continues that investment through its newly established preservation of SPACES. The new team is proud to preserve and honor the legacy of SPACES founder Seymour Rosen and fulfill the SPACES mission of identifying, studying, documenting, and advocating for the preservation of art environments all over the world. 

SPACES Archives is committed to the continuous work required to create an archival record that accurately reflects the vast diversity of art environment creators and centers the voices of artists who have often been relegated to the margins due to race, economic status, ability, and gender identity. 

SPACES Archives acknowledges the following responsibilities: 

  • To collect and make accessible documentation regarding art environments, their creators, and this field of study
  • To center and actively promote the voices of all art environment builders with special attention to artists who were previously silenced due to their race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation
  • To determine areas of inequity in the archive and focus on acquiring materials that reflect those areas


  • Jen Balge, principal of Chair City Media LLC
  • Annalise Flynn, principal of Vernacular Art Services LLC 
  • Ann Gappmayer, archivist 
  • Laura Roenitz, executive director of Kohler Foundation 

Get in touch! 
Please contact us at for general inquiries or for inquiries related to research or SPACES archival holdings.

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Joan M. Benedetti January 6, 2020

I am so very glad to see that the Kohler Foundation has provided a home for Seymour Rosen's SPACES archives. I was a friend of Seymour's in L.A. for many years when I was the Museum Librarian at the (former) Craft and Folk Art Museum (now Craft Contemporary). I have a letter, dated January 13, 1980 (which may be a photocopy) to Seymour from Bernard Rudofsky, thanking him for sending Rudofsky a copy of Seymour's book, "In Celebration of Ourselves." You may have an original of this letter in the SPACES files; if not, I would like to send it to you as I think it is of interest even if it is a copy. Please let me know if you would like me to send it, to whom, and the appropriate address. Thank you very much!!