American artist Jonathan Prince, known for his monumental steel sculptures, has created a unique hybrid studio travel destination in the Berkshire Mountains in Southfield in western Massachusetts.
During the pandemic, Prince transformed a five-acre property and former dairy farm where artists work and live into an intimate venue for creative collaborations, musical events and the culinary arts. The site’s two barns, comprising 23,000 square feet of exhibition and programming space, impart a contemporary rustic Berkshire aesthetic. Prince’s industrial machinery and workspace in a former hayloft and a gallery of his works of art remain open to visitors by appointment.
“The Berkshire House is about art, yes. But it’s also about more than art, ”says Prince. “If a fashion designer, collector, musician or scientist wants to come and play or install something, this place is dedicated to all kinds of creative crossover conversations. ”
Prince, whose work is in collections such as the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, comes to the art world in a roundabout way. He started out as a maxillofacial surgeon in New York City, before producing films such as Plague starring William Hurt and Robert Duvall, and a career in computer animation, winning an Emmy for Virtual Set Design.
Price says the idea for Berkshire House came during a studio visit about three years ago from artistic advisor and curator Stephanie Manasseh. “She asked me if I would one day consider opening the property for artistic events,” Prince said. “With Stephanie’s expertise and management, we decided to create Berkshire House as a hub for creative collaboration between disciplines. ”