Historic Artistsí Homes and Studios Program Names New Program Manager
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Valerie Balint will join the organization as the new program manager of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) program, based at Chesterwood in Stockbridge.
Balint's mission is to enhance the relevance and reputation of HAHS member sites in their communities so as to contribute to a national conversation on the arts in American public life.
"With Valerie's strong curatorial expertise and interest in working in artists' homes and studios, she will be a great asset to the HAHS program and its membership," said Donna Hassler, executive director of Chesterwood and administrator of the HAHS program.
The HAHS program manager is a new, full-time position with a three-year tenure, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Balint will be responsible for implementing a new strategic plan and overseeing the internal and external communications for the program.
"I am excited to begin my work with the National Trust and Chesterwood and to collaborate with the esteemed scholars who advise us on this program. We hope to bring Historic Artists' Homes & Studios to new heights and to new audiences," Balint said. "At these diverse artists' homes and creative spaces, we can be inspired to learn as much as we would at a traditional museum art exhibition. I welcome the opportunity to find ways to expand and strengthen the program and our membership, while also engaging wider audiences in the uniquely transformative experience that each of these places offers visitors."
Balint most recently served as the interim director of collections and research for The Olana Partnership at Olana, N.Y., the historic home and studio of 19th-century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, a central figure in the famous Hudson River School. Prior to joining Olana's curatorial department in 2000, Balint worked at the Frelinghuysen Morris Foundation and at Chesterwood on special curatorial projects. From 1992 to 1995, she was the New York State coordinator for Save Outdoor Sculpture, a national project of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, to document public sculpture in the United States.
Balint also served on the editorial board of Columbia Heritage Magazine and currently, is the co-vice president of the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, N.Y.. She is a longtime advocate for the important place that American artists’ homes hold within the greater context of art and cultural history in this country.