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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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Thrift Mystery Leads Artist To Creation

09 / 22 / 2020

Several years ago, while living in Dubuque, Iowa, I stumbled upon a small and very beautiful handmade shrine, about a foot tall, in a Goodwill thrift ...

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Update from the Field: M.T. Liggett

09 / 8 / 2020

International Artifacts continues to conserve M.T. Liggett’s totems, despite the 100+ degree heat. While Beth Wiza, Preservation Coordinator at Kohler...

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Art Environments That Almost Weren't... and One That Needs Help!

08 / 29 / 2020

Art environment builders create works that encompass their entire homes, yards, and even beyond. But what happens when the creator passes away, moves,...

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From the Archives

Seymour Rosen's first visit to the Watts Towers in 1952 informed his emerging photography practice and set into motion what would eventually become SPACES. Check back here for highlights from our expansive collection of Seymour's work. Photo: Seymour Rosen 

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