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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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Seymour's Darkroom: Murals

09 / 25 / 2023

In 1976, Seymour Rosen’s photographs were exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. That groundbreaking exhibition, commissioned by SFMOMA …

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Bridget Lacey and Safekeeping: The Art of Val Polyanin

08 / 1 / 2023

In June of 2022, Val Polyanin vacated his art environment outside of Crescent City, California, and left a note gifting his vast body of work to the C…

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Daniel Paul on the Historic Preservation of Art Environments

07 / 10 / 2023

Architectural Historian Daniel Paul has more than 25 years of experience in the historic preservation field and has successfully listed local, state, …

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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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