At this post-dinner event, the acceptance of SPACES Archives by Kohler Foundation, Inc. was celebrated. Current and past SPACES board members offered a whirlwind presentation of the history of SPACES, the scope of the archives, and its value to scholars and appreciators. Kohler Foundation staff outlined their outstanding resources and ambitious plans.
Jo Farb Hernández, director of SPACES, is also director of the Thompson Art Gallery and professor at San José State University. A forty-plus-year veteran of the museum field and Fulbright Scholar, she has done intensive fieldwork on art environments since 1974. The groundbreaking book resulting from her research in Spain, Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments (Raw Vision, 2013), has been called the “...most impressive single volume of research ever published in the field of self-taught art.” She is a contributing editor for Raw Vision magazine, serves on the international editorial board for Elsewhere: The International Journal of Self-Taught and Outsider Art, and is a member of advisory boards for several art environments.
Lisa Stone is curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection and adjunct associate professor in the Department of art history, theory, and criticism, both at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research, teaching, writing, and curating concerns artists who work independently from the academic mainstream, particularly environment builders whose work is often home/garden-based, ignoring or dissolving boundaries between home and studio, life, and art. A subtext of her research concerns the relationship of objects to creative practice. She works on a garden/ruin in Spring Lake, WI.
Bill Swislow is a digital media consultant, and he teaches media-related classes at Northwestern University. He was a founder of Cars.com, where he served as a senior executive until December 2014. Before joining Cars.com, Swislow held several roles at the Chicago Tribune, at Dow Jones News Service, and at alternative weekly newspapers in New England and California. Swislow writes about outsider and self-taught art, operates the cultural website interestingideas.com, and sits on the boards of SPACES, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association.
John Foster is an educator, graphic designer, painter, and photographer and continues as a passionate collector and scholar of photography, folk and self-taught art. For ten years (1995–2005), John was a founder and president of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri, a not-for-profit arts organization where he served as editor of the Journal for ten years. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES and is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the Folk Art Society of America. John was selected as FASA’s 2004 recipient of the Award of Distinction on the occasion of their seventeenth annual conference in Oakland, CA. John has lectured on the field of self-taught art, vernacular photography, and folk art environments and has curated numerous art exhibitions.
Stacy Mueller has been in the library/archives field for seventeen years. Mueller worked at the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University from 1999 until 2007 as the visual resources manager. After that she was the lead librarian for the California Room, a California State archive, until 2010. Since 2010 Mueller has worked as the chief archivist at SPACES, and has also been a librarian and instructor at Cabrillo and West Valley Colleges. She feels blessed to have worked in such progressive and creative environments.
Terri Yoho is the executive director of Kohler Foundation, Inc., an organization that has actively supported arts and education initiatives for more than seventy-five years. She has held this position since 1999. In addition, Yoho is the administrator of the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education and the Kohler Trust for Preservation. As executive director of the Kohler Foundation, she manages the Foundation’s preservation program, which includes the preservation of art environments and objects created by self-taught artists, folk art and architecture, and other collections of historic, aesthetic, and/or cultural interest. She has been responsible for the acquisition of several art environments and many collections of self-taught art. She has managed the preservation efforts at Pasaquan (GA), the Garden of Eden (KS), Hartman Rock Garden (OH), James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (WI), and the Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden (LA). She has helped place gifts of art at more than three hundred art museums, colleges, universities, libraries, and other nonprofits across the country. Yoho holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, and an MS degree in applied economics from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. She serves on the board of directors for the Friends of Wade House, Friends of Fred Smith at Wisconsin Concrete Park, and the Random Lake Educational Foundation.