Current sponsors of American
Workstations, Pentax, Kingston Technology, HP Designjet Printers, Smugmug, and anonymous donors
The project has also
received over 35 grants in support of various exhibits and lectures.
American Hands (www.AmHands.com) is Sally Wiener Grotta's visual
celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that
built our dynamically diverse culture. American Hands is a narrative, not only
about who we are, but who and what we were, how our country developed, one
person, one skill at a time, and what it means to us now and into the future.
"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
~ Kathryn Burke, Director, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College
Please Support American
While American Hands is a long-range program, with a multi-year budget, the
target figure above is what we must raise to meet this year's goals, in terms
of artisans to be photographed, as well as exhibits and slideshow presentations
to be given for free to the public.
We are currently also seeking a van to help us take the exhibit to communities around the country. If you have any connections with a car or car rental company, or know someone who may have a van they would like to donate, please contact us.
Please Stay in Touch with Us
* Via our website at www.AmHands.com
* Like American Hands on
* On American Hands YouTube channel
* Use the Contact page on the American Hands website
* Email Sally at Sally@Grotta.net
* We welcome suggestions of artisans to photograph, as well as exhibit and lecture venues
Below are specifics about:
* The American Hands Vision
* American Hands Publications
The American Hands Vision
American Hands is a decade-long program, during which Sally will be
traveling around the United States, capturing and sharing the visual and verbal
stories of traditional tradespeople. To date, American Hands has had
significant success, and has garnered public and critical acclaim for
its numerous exhibits and slideshow presentations.
“Such a beautiful and well-executed concept.
I love your descriptions as much as the photos.”
~ Kristin, an exhibit attendee (no last name provided)
As she travels the country, capturing the images and stories of these artisans,
Sally will continue to mount exhibits and give lectures to widely diverse
audiences. Her venues are not just limited to museums, universities and other
large institutions, but also local community libraries, elementary schools,
senior centers, and so forth. That way, she has the ability to reach audiences
that might never visit a museum or gallery. To help cover some of the
considerable expenses involved, Sally will also consider accepting artist-in-residence
invitations at local venues, giving master classes as well as lectures on
photography and related subjects for the general public.
A preteen was dragged against her will to an American Hands presentation, as
an after-school punishment. But within a few minutes, she became quite still
and attentive to Sally's pictures and stories. The girl came up to Sally
afterwards, surprised at how fascinating the slideshow discussion had been, and
she was filled with questions that Sally spent some time answering. Finally,
she said, "You know, Ms. Grotta, if makes you think, not everything comes
from the mall."
American Hands Publications
The first in a series of full-color printed American Hands Journals was
recently published and may be viewed and purchased by clicking
here; new issues will be released periodically.
We launched a free emailed American Hands Newsletter
in spring 2012. (A PDF sample is available by clicking here.) The newsletter (which will be published no more than a couple
of times a year) will include stories, pictures, and background information of
some of the artisans Sally meets and photographs as she travels the country.
You can sign up to receive the free American Hands Newsletter by going to the Contact page on the American
Hands website. (We will not share your contact information, and you will be
able to easily Unsubscribe at any time.)
Eventually, we will publish at least one American Hands book.
"Every once in a while great artists are able to transcend....
Sally's vision is grand... [and] ... reflected in the warmth she portrays in
the people she photographs and the world she captures."
~ Steven Rosenbaum, President of SIR Communications & former Editor of