Just as in Isabella Stewart Gardner’s time, the Museum today is a site for the display of art as well as a place that nurtures its creation. The opening of the Renzo Piano-designed New Wing in 2012, along with a new studio space, provided the Museum with an opportunity to consider anew the role of Boston artists at the Gardner in carrying forward the legacy of creativity Isabella Stewart Gardner established more than a century ago.
Today, the Museum upholds the high value Isabella Stewart Gardner and Polly Thayer Starr placed on artists’ contributions to community. With support from the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Visiting Studio Artists consider their work within the rich cultural context of the Gardner Museum and the unique legacy of our founder.
During their collaborations with the Gardner, these Artists utilize the Museum’s collection as a catalyst for their own creative explorations and work with us to develop Studio experiences and engaging programming for the public.
Since 2012, the Museum has had the privilege of collaborating with more than 70 artists from the Boston community and is proud to welcome current Visiting Studio Artist Sabrina Dorsainvil.
Studio activities are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. The Museum is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust online at www.pollythayerstarr.org.