MS Historic Preservation, SAIC 1998. Exhibitions (curator): Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Intuit, Chicago, 2011–12; Henry Darger Room Collection, permanent exhibition, Intuit; Jesse Howard & Roger Brown: Now Read On, Kansas City Art Institute & SAIC, 2005. Bibliography: David Ross Harper: Entre le chien et la loup; Accidental Genius: The Anthony Petullo Collection; Prinzhorn Reaction; Sacred Spaces and Other Places. Preservation plans: Grotto of Sorrows, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA; Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, IA; Liberty Fountain, Humboldt, IA; Orange Show Foundation, Houston, TX; Ellsworth Rock Gardens, Voyageurs National Park, MN, Dr. Charles Smith site, Aurora, IL.
Experience at SAIC
Co-taught (with Jim Zanzi, professor emeritus) The Artist in the Landscape; 1985 to 1997; co-taught Better Homes & Gardens, Vernacular Art Environments, with Zanzi, from 2000–14 (Zanzi retired). Co-curated, with Zanzi, Sacred Spaces and Other Places, Betty Rymer Gallery, 1993; SAIC Press published the exhibition catalog.
Stone focuses on the preservation and interpretation of artist’s environments and collections, and the relationships between objects and creative practice. Research, teaching, and writing concerns artists who work independently from the artistic mainstream and environment builders, whose work is home/garden-based, ignoring or dissolving boundaries between home and studio, life and art. Stone works with Don Howlett on preservation planning and project implementation for Preservation Services, Inc. She works on a garden/ruin in Wisconsin: trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers, stone, objects, and time, attempting to meaningfully connect with processes of life, growth, death, and change.
Exhibitions and preservation plans
Curator, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: From the Wand of the Genii, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, 16 September 2011–14 January 2012; traveled to Inova (Institute for Visual Art), University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 3 February–1 April, 2012.
Historic Preservation Plan and Report: The Grotto of Sorrows, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA
Historic Preservation Plan and Report: The Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, IA.
Historic Preservation Plan and Report: Liberty Fountain, John Brown Park, Humboldt, IA.
Co-curator, the Henry Darger Room Collection, permanent exhibition, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL, 2000–08; with Jessica Moss.
Historic Preservation Plan and Report: the Dickeyville Grotto, Dickeyville, WI
Co-curator, Jesse Howard & Roger Brown: Now Read On, a project of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the University of Missouri—Kansas City Center for Creative Studies.
The Orange Show Foundation, Houston, TX. Consultation on the preservation of the Beer Can House.
Volunteer consultation and site work: Ellsworth Rock Gardens, Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, MN, for the National Park Service.
Historic Preservation Plan and Report: Dr. Charles Smith's African American Heritage Museum and Black Veteran's Archive, Aurora, IL; consultant for Kane County Department of Development, Geneva, IL. April 1999–January 2000. Preservation plan and study of urban art environment.
Curator of Interpretation, Nick Engelbert's Grandview, art environment in Hollandale, WI. Design of historic house museum exhibits and exterior site interpretation of Nick Engelbert's Grandview, a preservation project of Kohler, Foundation, Inc., Kohler, WI.
Publications, Exhibition Catalogues
"David Ross Harper: the magic of the handmade thing," David Ross Harper: Entre le chien et la loup, exhibition catalog, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, co-authored with Jim Zanzi.
"It's a Picture Already: the Anthony Petullo Art Collection," primary exhibition catalog essay, Accidental Genius: The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art, Milwaukee Art Museum.
"Magie und Schweiß: Chicago Künstler und die Sammlung Prinzhorn," ungesehn und unerhört Künstler reagieren auf die Sammlung Prinzhorn ("Magic and Sweat: Chicago Artists and the Prinzhorn Collection," Prinzhorn Reaction, The Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg, Germany).
"Roger Brown: Natural Wonders," Journal, Cantor Center for Visual Art, Stanford University.
"From the Wand of the Genii," The Outsider, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Volume 16, Issue I, fall 2011.
"Grotto Follies in the Heartland," The Follies Journal, Issue 11, Winter 2011, London, co-authored with Jim Zanzi.
Book review: Margaret Wertheim, Physics on the Fringe, for The Outsider, The Outsider, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Volume 16, Issue I, fall 2011.
"Roger Brown: Calif. U.S.A." and "Garden", Roger Brown: Calif. U.S.A. exhibition catalog, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center, 2010. Co-curator of exhibition, catalog contributor and editor.
"Roger Brown," biographical entry, Grove Encyclopedia of American Art.
Marines Raise Old Glory on Iwo Jima, co-authored with Jim Zanzi, a publication of Friends of Fred Smith, Phillips, WI.
"Preserving a place for Henry Darger studies in Chicago: From 851 West Webster St. to Intuit," The Outsider, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 2008.
Roger Brown's legacy: unfolding over time and through space," Roger Brown: Southern Exposure, Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, University of Alabama Press.
"Made for the love of creation" The Art of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein," Folk Art Magazine, publication October 2007.
"The Kohler Foundation and Site Preservation: A Road Well Traveled," Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds: Built environments of Vernacular Artists, Leslie Umberger, Erica Doss, Jane Bianco, Ruth Kohler, Lisa Stone. John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.
Artists' museums, artists' environments, rock gardens, physical books.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.