Chesterwood Announces Artist-in-Residence Sharon Bates

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Chesterwood Announces Artist-in-Residence Sharon Bates
 Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist in Daniel Chester French’s second studio, the Meadowlark, on Sept. 24 and 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Stockbridge, Mass. (Sept. 14, 2016) – Chesterwood announces that artist Sharon Bates will be in residence through Sept. 30. The public is invited to attend the artist’s Open Studio Days at Daniel Chester French’s intimate second studio at Chesterwood, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The program is free of charge and visitors are asked to register in advance at the admissions desk or by calling 413-298-2023.

Bates received Chesterwood’s Lillian Heller Curator’s Award for her month long residency and living arrangements in the Meadowlark, a studio that was later converted into a cottage by French’s daughter, Margaret French Cresson.

Sharon is the founding director of the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program where she curated rotating exhibitions, site-specific projects, and satellite museum exhibitions in the Albany International Airport Gallery and throughout the 250,000-square-foot terminal for almost two decades. She has recently left her position at the airport to pursue her studio practice full-time.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Sharon to experience the solitude and contemplation that is essential to every artist,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.

She has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the Northeast and an outdoor installation titled, Practice  (originally conceived and exhibited at Chesterwood in 2013) will be included in the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, in October.

“Chesterwood is a place that provided solace and inspiration to Daniel Chester French for more than 30 years,” Bates said. “This remarkable place has also been the muse to countless contemporary artists who have visited or who have participated in the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood Exhibition held here each year. My first encounter with Chesterwood was more than 25 years ago and I have been enthralled by the beauty of the place and the legacy of French ever since.”

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. (413) 298-3579.


Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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