Alice Austen House Names New Executive Director

Staten Island, NY, December 6, 2017

The Alice Austen House today named Victoria Munro as its new Executive Director, effective December 18th 2017. A vibrant cultural center and National Historic Landmark, the Alice Austen House works to educate and inspire the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). "As a passionate Alice Austen House supporter and dedicated staff member, I am truly honored to represent the Museum as Executive Director,” said Ms. Munro. “ I feel personally committed to honoring and celebrating the unique life and work of Alice Austen, and the Austen House's responsibility to developing and delivering meaningful programming and outreach for all our audiences."

An artist, art and art history educator, and curator, Victoria Munro has a long-standing relationship with the arts community of Staten Island and has helped launch several creative public projects. She is an active voice in projects related to the development of Staten Island’s waterfront, including the Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront project. Ms. Munro has worked with the Cool Culture Laboratory for New Audiences program which collaborates with families, schools, and museums to ensure equitable access to cultural resources and propel social change. Currently, she represents the Alice Austen House in the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials commemorating the upcoming June 2019 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Victoria has also been the recipient of several grants and public commissions, most recently receiving an Excellence in the Arts Award in 2016.

With the appointment, Board President Donna Hakim stated, “The board is excited to have Victoria Munro, already a member of the Alice Austen House family, lead this organization as its new executive director. Victoria's commitment to the mission of the Austen House will allow us to further engage diverse audiences as we continue to explore the many facets of Alice's identity through expanded educational programming and the redesign of the house's permanent installation.” The Alice Austen House is the only museum devoted to a woman photographer in the United States. Its listing on the National Register of Historic Places was recently amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance; it’s one of only 14 National Register sites to have this designation. Ms. Munro lives on the North Shore of Staten Island with her partner Carrie and their two children.

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