About the Founders /
Rick Brown is Co-Founder and President of Handshouse Studio, Inc. He is a Professor of Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University School of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.
Rick is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Scholars Research Grant to Poland, University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art: Wilson Center Visiting Scholar Program Grant, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Award of Distinction, Sam Fox School of Washington University, Lillian Heller’s Curator’s Award, Massachusetts College of Art Center for Arts and Community Partnership Grant, Davis Foundation Grant through the Colleges of the Fenway, Massachusetts Artists Foundation Finalists Grant for Sculpture, Massachusetts Artists Foundation Finalists Grant for Environmental Design, National Endowment for the Arts Funding for Sculpture Installation (Decordova Museum Lincoln, MA), a Ford Foundation Grant, the Goldsmith Award, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN, and recently the 2015 Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association (CAA). Rick Brown CV
Laura Brown is Co-founder and Director of Handshouse Studio, Inc. and faculty of sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Laura has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lillian Heller’s Curator’s Award, Massachusetts College of Art Center for Arts and Community Partnership Grant, Visible Republic Planning Grant, Helen Blair Crosby Sculpture Award, Dondis A. Dondis Travel Fellowship and Ford Foundation Grant. Laura Brown CV
To view Rick and Laura's personal work, please visit Rick and Laura Brown/Sculpture.com
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About the Principles /
Marie Brown, Executive Director of Handshouse Studio
Marie is a director, performer, maker, and educator. Her work spans theatre, movement, music, making, and innovative experiential education. Her work is largely generative and collaborative; communicating across multiple disciplines, seeking to illuminate, challenge, ponder, revere, and reimagine the experience of being alive. Marie received her Master of Fine Arts in Directing Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Bachelor of Art in Music and Theatre from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She has directed works in Seattle, Austin, New Hampshire, Boston, Northampton, and Prague. In 2017 Marie founded the Almanac Theatre Company with the mission of making forward-looking works grounded in the truths of history.
She has also been working with Handshouse Studio in many capacities since the organizations inception in 1998, including as Faculty member for the Toys For Elephants: Thailand, 2019, Project Leader for the Gourd Banjo Project Workshops/Exhibitions 2018-2019, Project Leader for the Trojan Horse Project 2017, Program Coordinator for The Gwozdziec Synagogue Project: Poland 2011-2012, Associate Director: 2003, as well as a frequent project participant.
In 2018, Marie joined Handshouse Studio as a director to continue the organization’s mission to make learning adventurous through the exceptional hands-on projects Handshouse Studio has created over the past 20 years, while also working with the founders to develop news ways to share the internationally recognized Handshouse experience with more diverse audiences.
Marie lives in Northampton, MA with her husband & two daughters. You can see more of her work at www.mariesbrown.com.