2022 06 21
Valerie Balint: Crucibles for creativity
Parlor gallery
E V E N T

Sites of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program

D A T E

June 21, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

L O C A T I O N

Parlor gallery

S P O N S O R S

Salmagundi Library Committee
Chesterwood: the historic home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French

A D M I S S I O N

Open to the public; up to 40 people
Eventbrite tickets required

$15 | General admission
FREE | Salmagundi members & affiliates with promo code
Salmagundi members will receive their promo code via email for discounted admission. The promo code may also be requested by emailing info@salmagundi.org


For waiting list, please contact Alexander Katlan at (718) 445-7458 or alexkatlan@aol.com

A B O U T   T H E   E V E N T

The Salmagundi Club has been a bedrock of our nation’s artistic heritage and discourse for close to 150 years; with roots tracing back to painters of American Tonalism and extending to the myriad of living artists who still engage with the club today. This ongoing legacy and hub for creative exchange remains vibrant and accessible through spaces like the Salmagundi, but also through preserved houses and studios of many historic members of the club, which are now open as public museums.

Drawing from her recent publication in 2020, Ms. Balint will introduce lecture attendees to the breadth and depth of artists’ homes and studios open throughout the country, their Salmagundi ties, and their membership in the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios network. From Hudson River School painter, Frederic Church’s Olana, to the country retreats created by monumental sculptors Daniel Chester French and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to the artistic enclaves established by American Impressionists J. Alden Weir and William Chadwick, and Toas artists such as Eanger Irving Couse – and beyond! —Ms. Balint will discuss a diverse group of artistic styles, and artists, and the unique immersive experience offered at these preserved sites.

A B O U T   T H E   S P E A K E R

Valerie Balint is the Senior Program Manager for Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the author of the newly released Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (Princeton Architectural Press, June 2020). HAHS is a nation-wide consortium of more than 50 member sites, that were the homes and working studios of American artists. Prior to heading HAHS, beginning in spring 2017, Ms. Balint served for seventeen years on the curatorial staff at Frederic Church’s Olana (also a HAHS site), most recently as Interim Director of Collections and Research. She was co-organizer and co-curator of Olana’s annual exhibitions and accompanying publications.

She is a frequent lecturer and writer on preserved artists’ spaces, Frederic Church, the Hudson River School, and American art and social history of the mid-19th and early 20th century. She is co-author of Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Church’s Views from Olana (Cornell Press, 2009). Her previous work also includes curatorial positions at Chesterwood and the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio (also HAHS sites). She served as the New York State Coordinator of “Save Outdoor Sculpture,” a program of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to document all public sculpture in the United States. Balint is a longtime advocate for recognizing and valuing the important place artists’ homes and public art hold within the greater context of cultural history in America.