Exhibits & Lectures - AmericanHands

About American Hands Exhibits & Lectures

“A delightful gem! Sally's photographs are exquisitely warm and inviting. Along with her didactic information, she presents an accessible and compelling reminder of our rich heritage of skilled craftsmen and artisans.... Sally is extremely professional, tireless, and a sheer joy to work with."
~ Kathryn Burke, Director of the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Glassblower panel from large American Hands exhibit As American Hands exhibits and lectures travel across the country, each installation offers more portraits than the last. That's because Sally continues to return to artisans’ workshops to capture the full process of their work. In addition, she frequently adds new craftspeople to the project.

Exhibits for Large Spaces
For larger venues, such as the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Muhlenberg’s Baker Center for the Arts, or Scranton’s Trolley Museum, the installation consists of large full-color artisans’ portraits on canvas, surrounded by “storyboards.” The storyboards are panels made up of hardwood floor planks on which Sally has mounted sepia-toned photos with selectively colored key elements, depicting the stories and processes behind the artisans’ work.

American Hands exhibit in a small library

Exhibits in Small Spaces
For less spacious venues, such as community libraries or small schools, the installation consists of framed and matted photographic prints that can fit nearly anywhere. For instance, in small libraries, Sally integrates the exhibit within the library experience, hanging pictures on the ends of stacks, putting them on low bookcases and in other nooks and crannies of the venue, creating something of a treasure hunt for library patrons. Both types of installations include narrative signage, describing the artisans’ philosophy, style, background and other aspects of how and why they work.

Gallery Talks, Lectures & Workshops
Most exhibits feature a gallery talk, lecture and/or reception, which are open to the public. Sally will also often give a workshop for youth or adults on photography, storytelling or grants and exhibits in conjunction with the exhibits.

The American Hands calendar of exhibits and other programs may be found on Schedule of Exhibits & Appearances. New exhibits are being scheduled frequently. For information on various programs that Sally offers, please go to Workshops & Programs Offered. Please use the form on the Contact page, if you would like to discuss bringing American Hands to your school, gallery, museum, library, event or venue, or wish to be on the email list for the free American Hands Newsletter or to receive exhibit and appearance announcements.