We are proud to announce that The American Artists’ Hand Archive is now sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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About The American Artists' Hand Archive

Vanessa Hoheb is creating an archive of bronze life hand castings working in participation with many of America’s most venerated visual artists. The Project mission is to assemble an ongoing archive of superbly crafted bronze hand casts.

In her capacity as a technical advisor, Vanessa Hoheb has had the privilege of working closely with a long list of extraordinary and influential artists on milestone sculptures.

A fascination with the hands of skilled craftsmen extends four decades back to an apprenticeship with her father, sculptor Bruce Hoheb. Ms. Hoheb’s expertise has provided a unique opportunity to be witness to the act of artmaking, up close. Each artist, in their own way, approaches aesthetic challenges through the most basic manipulation of materials with gifted hands. As agents of creativity, these hands bear the marks of use that are inextricably tied to important contributions to contemporary American art.

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The American Artists’ Hand Archive endeavors to document artists’ hands with the goal of establishing an archive for exhibition.

The historic tradition of casting from life provides a springboard for this effort to celebrate the participants’ accomplishments. The casts transcend a simple physiological record.

The Project interviews each artist while they determine the gesture, context and patina that most accurately convey a relationship to their hands and their work. The results of the interviews contribute to the appreciation of these living national treasures.

Huma Bhabha

Participants to Date:


Ursula Von Rydingsvard
Judy Pfaff
Chuck Close
Bryan Hunt
Rona Pondick
Bill Crozier
Maya Lin
Richard Prince
Elizabeth Strong Cuevas
Martin Puryear
Titus Kaphar
Michele Oka Doner
Kenneth Snelson
Judy Cotton
William Tucker
Toshio Odate 
Eric Fischl
Tom Otterness
Robert Indiana
Mary Frank
Kiki Smith
Jasper Johns
April Gornik
Todd McGrain
Beverly Pepper
Don Gummer
Ed Smith
Nancy Grossman


Photography of completed bronzes by Thomas Donahue and Mark Lacko