Don Howlett has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the University of Oklahoma (1975). He has consulted, planned, managed, and undertaken treatments on art environments since 1976. Howlett serves on the board of directors of Friends of Fred Smith.


Lisa Stone has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is curator of SAIC’s Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) of SAIC. She has worked on preservation planning and site preservation with Howlett from 1981 to the present. She has written widely on art environments and has co-taught art history courses exploring the genre, with Jim Zanzi, from 1985 to the present.

Stone serves on the board of directors of Friends of Fred Smith (chair, Conservation Committee), Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (chair, Collections and Acquisitions Committee), and SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments).


Selected projects (click on to close)
Selected projects (click on to close)

Related teaching
Better Homes & Gardens: “Outsider” Art Environments, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago , Department of Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism, with Professor Jim Zanzi, 1998 to the present.

European “Outsider” Art: Past and Present, with Randy Vick. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art History and Art Therapy departments, three-week study trips through Germany, Switzerland and Austria, 2004, 2006, 2008.

The Artist in the Landscape, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Art History, annual summer study, with Professor Jim Zanzi, 1985 - 1997

Related publications
Marines Raise Old Glory on Iwo Jima, co-authored with Jim Zanzi, a publication of Friends of Fred Smith, Phillips, WI, 2009

The Kohler Foundation and Site Preservation: A Road Well Traveled,”
Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds: Built environments of Vernacular Artists, Leslie Umberger, Erica Doss, Jane Bianco, Ruth Kohler, Lisa Stone. John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.

The Art of Fred Smith, third edition. Monograph and self - guided tour of the Wisconsin Concrete Park, co - authored with Jim Zanzi, first published 1991, revised 1997 and 2007.

Paul Hefti’s Garden”, Raw Vision #51, Spring 2005

“Granite Folly: Ellsworth Rock Garden”, Landscape Architecture, July 2003

Sacred Spaces and Other Places A Guide to the Grottos and Sculptural Environments of the Upper Midwest, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Press, 1993, co-author, with Jim Zanzi

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