Courtesy of the American Artists’ Hand Archive.



10:30 AM– Insight Sunday Lecture

Tickets: $15

The Church is thrilled to welcome Vanessa Hoheb and Thomas Donahue of the American Artists’ Hand Archive, featured in our current exhibition Hand Made, as part of our ongoing Insights Sundays series. Founder and Director of the Archive Vanessa Hoheb and Artistic Director Thomas Donahue will speak about the 31 bronze life castings of acclaimed artists’ hands currently displayed on The Church’s mezzanine. Come see the hands of artists like Jasper Johns, Martin Puryear, Maya Lin, among many others. Listen as Hoheb and Donahue reflect on the intimate casting process, sharing stories of collaboration with the artists on the pose and individualized patina that depicts their unique personas and careers. In celebration of curiosity and creativity through handmade crafts and touch, the audience–under supervision–will be able to handle the sculptures. This will be the only opportunity for the public to touch and feel the casts and meet the founders of this extraordinary project.


Insight Sundays are the ultimate behind the scenes sneak peek, and a wonderful opportunity to hear an artist focus on their work, see it through their eyes, and explore how it relates to their career and process.



The American Artists’ Hand Archive was established with the mission to assemble an ongoing archive of superbly crafted bronze casts of artists’ hands with the intent to exhibit them to the public. Vanessa Hoheb is the founder and director of the Archive. She began her apprenticeship at age 17 in the studio of her father, Bruce Hoheb, mastering the skills and techniques of sculptural enlarging, mold-making, bronze casting, and restoration. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, led the team that restored the skin of the Statue of Liberty, and oversaw the restoration and conservation division at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. She lectures at Marist College, Bard College, Pratt Institute, and John Hopkins University. Thomas Donahue is the Archive’s Artistic Director. A classically trained artist, his expertise is in sculpture, historic preservation, and architectural design. He curates a vast collection of early 19th century plaster molds, has researched, and restored important historic interiors from Providence to Atlanta, worked as an artist designing for Tiffany & Co., and completed many private commissions. He is the Artistic Director for the General Society of Mechanic and Tradesmen of the City of New York. Hoheb and Donahue collaborate with the artist whose hands they are casting to identify a meaningful pose and an individualized patina that illustrates the personality and career of each of these artists.


Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization encompassing an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik founded The Church in 2018 and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.

For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org  


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