Educational Programs


The Al Held Foundation offers programming for educators and professors of studio art and art history. Small groups of students may visit the Foundation grounds for study of works by Al Held in the intimate and inspiring context of his historic home and studio. A new educational program is offered each Fall and Spring semester.

Fall 2016, the Foundation hosted a survey of Held’s prints. These ranged from lithographs and screen-prints from the late 1960s to his later masterful etchings and aquatints of the 1990s and early 2000s. Known primarily as a painter, Held found creative ways to push the medium of printmaking to suit his expansive vision.

Spring 2017, the Foundation presented, “One Big Painting,” a close analysis of Eagle Rock IV (2004), a dynamic 15 x 30 foot acrylic painting on canvas. The scale and complexity of the painting reveal Held’s ongoing interest in color, perspective, formal relationships, Renaissance space, and modernist abstraction.

Professors and other educators interested in learning more about group visits may contact