Deliberate Acts: The 3rd Triennial of Photography

Deliberate Acts, inspired by the writing of Audre Lorde, former Staten Island resident and celebrated Black lesbian feminist, writer and activist attempts to uncover the state of contemporary photography on Staten Island and showcase a borough that is often under-represented citywide. 

Featuring photography by Staten Island residents and others looking at the borough, this juried exhibition aims to find contemporary themes and narratives that photographers are currently exploring in their work through traditional, digital, and innovative uses of the medium.

Date of Show

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities.

Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons.


To that end, we commit to:


  • Partnering with community organizations and schools which represent the diverse communities we serve. We must utilize these collaborations to create a shared vision for change that promotes equity and eliminates systematic barriers.


  • Refining existing and developing new educational and public programming through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion that meets the needs of the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse communities we serve.


  • Ensuring that Alice Austen House hiring practices are open and inclusive and developing a racially diverse Board of Trustees.


  • Our institution understands that a racially diverse staff and board are critical to growing and strengthening our organization’s adaptability and providing workplace welfare and greater accessibility.



The world is changing, and we commit to being a cultural institution that truly reflects the lives of the people in our communities.


The Alice Austen House’s Statement Regarding COVID-19

As we all come together online and with our families and loved ones to face the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out and keep you updated on our efforts at the Alice Austen House to respond to these challenging times.  

We are guided in all our decision making by a long-standing commitment to provide our community, both local and international, with contemporary photographic arts, historic preservation, LGBTQ+ and women’s history programming. 



Here is how we are responding:



We are taking care of our staff by instituting remote work. Together with the Alice Austen House Board, we are supporting them to develop new ways of delivering meaningful news and programming for our students, supporters, and contributing artists.



We are committed to thinking long-term about our mission to share the life and work of Alice Austen to inspire everyone to explore personal identity through photographic arts and personal storytelling. 

There has been considerable disruption to our in-person programs. We are currently installing a brand new exhibition “Powerful and Dangerous,” which raises up the inspiring writing and images of black, lesbian, feminist and activist, Audre Lorde. This exhibition will be shared with you in the coming weeks via our  Facebook:, Instagram:
and website:

You can also view a selection of Alice Austen’s incredible photography here online. We are also preparing gallery tours of our period rooms which contain many fascinating stories of Alice’s life and the themes embodied in her work. 

Our museum is fortunate to have a dedicated live-in caretaker who continues to safeguard the house and tend to all our blooming spring gardens available for you to visit in our waterfront park.



There is no doubt that we are all in this together. We are working closely with our partners to navigate the challenges to retaining and supporting staff and caring for our collections.



Your financial contributions make such a huge impact at this time, please consider donating to support our mission and the generation of all our new and long-term projects. 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you informed of the ways you can be involved and help preserve our historic site and all of the important work that we do here. 

With sincere thanks and pride,

Victoria Munro Signature

Victoria Munro

and all of the staff of the Alice Austen House 



Take a quick 360-degree tour of our park and rooms here.


Our Statement of Solidarity

Dear Alice Austen House Friends and Family,

As a national site of LGBTQ history, we honor the life and work of Alice Austen, a Victorian trailblazing lesbian photographer. As an organization, we are actively working to center the voices of LGBTQ+ artists and thinkers.

This work is not done without the recognition of the millions of black trans and queer people who live at the intersection of white supremacy and homophobia, facing violence and discrimination at a higher level than their white LGBTQ+ counterparts. They fought with their lives for the liberation of the entire LGBTQ+ community, and without the work of black and brown activists, we as an organization would not be able to do our work today.

Today, The Alice Austen House stands in solidarity with the black community as they have stood with us before to fight for justice. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbury and every black person who has unjustly lost their lives at the hands of white supremacy.

We see you, stand with you, and most importantly, we are listening. 

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).  
We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons.

We support and thank those who are continuing to challenge and dismantle systematic oppression. We call for justice.

 “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”


“My Portrait, My Message” projects created by Staten Island middle school students

funded by Staten Island Foundation


List of Supporters

The Alice Austen House recognizes the following institutions for their dedication and support.

Corporate Supporters

Con Edison

Flagship Brewery

National Grid


Foundation Supporters

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

William Talbott Hillman Foundation

Historic House Trust of NYC

Humanities NY

Hyde and Watson Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS)

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

NYC&Co Foundation

New York City Parks Foundation

New York Community Trust

Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation

Northfield Bank Foundation

Richmond County Savings Foundation

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Staten Island Arts

Staten Island Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The Keith Haring Foundation, Inc.

Government Supporters

Councilmember Joe Borelli

Councilmember David Carr

Councilmember Kamillah Hanks

Institute of Museum and Library Services

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts


National Endowment for the Humanities

New York Community Trust

New York State Council of the Arts

The New York City Council LGBT Caucus

New York State Archives

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Staten Island Borough President


The Alice Austen House Museum recognizes our devoted donors and members


Ms. Lisa Amoia
Ms. Annika Andersson
Mrs. Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
Ms. Nicole Anzuoni and Ms. Gail Kelley
Mr. Geoffrey Berliner
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard and Bonnie Bolstein
Ms. Helen W. Bolton
Mrs. Jessica Capouzzo-Kalleberg
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Josephine Cerullo
Ms Helen Chien
Ms. Melissa Christensen & Ms. Nicolette Armijos
Jennifer Ciarleglio
Ms. Susan Clark
Mr. Bruce J. Cohn
Richard & Nicolle Comeforo
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coppola and Sheryl Humphrey
Ms. Theresa Cosentino
Mr. & Mrs. Gregg & Pauline Culley
Mr. & Mrs. Dean and Colette Curry
Kirsten Danis
Mr. Eugene Darconte
Dr. Irene Deitch
Ms. Christine Dempsey
Mr. & Mrs. Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Mrs. Alice Diamond
Mr. Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Ms. Lizanne Fontaine
Brigid Ganley
James Gerety
Mr. Keith Glutting
Mr. & Mrs. David & Liz Goldfarb
Dr. Paul Goldschmidt & Ms. Kristi Hamilton
Ms. Diega Grado
Ms. Gail Gremse
Dr. & Ms. Amin & Donna Hakim
Ms. Ruth Halligan
Ms. Sharon Heule
Mr. Bill Higgins
Capt. & Mrs. Howard R. Hill, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. John & Celide Hogan
Mrs. Edith Holtermann
Ms. Dorothy Holtermann
Mr. John Hoovert
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Mitzi Humphrey

Ms. Donna Johnson
Ms. Marcia P. Kulick
Ms. Lillian Lagazzo
Ms. Katie Levine
Mrs. Phyllis Light
Finley Niall MacKay
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Madalyn Maltese
Ms. Susan Master
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Mayr
Mary Ellen McLaughlin
Josephine Merlino & John Strand
Ms. Gail Middleton
Mr. Donald Moffett & Mr. Robert Gober
Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Jeanne Monger
Mr. Robert Mongiardini
Mr. J. Brian Nealon
Mr. David E. Ostwald
Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Janine Parella
Dr. Jane Petro
Ms. Lisa Pillarella
Ms. Jody Reiss
Ms. Mary Renny
Comm. Lynda Ricciardone
Mr. Christopher Robin
Ms. Linda Rossi
Ms. Patricia Schwimer
Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Mr. Christopher Shyer & Mr. David Ehrich
Ms. Colleen Siuzdak
Mr. Jim Smith
Ms. Barbara L. Solan
Ms. Sharon Stearns
Ms. Lorelei Stevens
George Telmany
Mr. Robert Thomson
Ms. Kay Turner
Ms. Dorothy G. Varrone
Ms. Frances Visco
Susan Visconti
Mr. Scott Weisberg
Mr. Bob Wright
Ms. Emily Zoda




Clear Comfort – $500+

Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Lizanne Fontaine
Donald Moffett & Robert Gober
Barbara Solan
Cynthia Wainwright
The Larky Life – $250
Rosemarie Del Bove & Beth Burke
Paul Goldschmidt & Kristi Hamilton
Capt. Howard R. Hill Jr.

The Darned Club – $100

Nicole Anzuoni & Gail Kelley
Anna Blanco
Marie Cole
Marilyn DeSario
Linda DiCosmo
A. John Gambro
David & Liz Goldfarb
Edith Holtermann
Patrick Jordan
Lois Joyce
William & Mami Lyons
Craig Malik
Mary Ellen Miller
Robert Mongiardini
Julie North Chelminski
Rita O’Brien
Heidi Shafranek
Pat Sturman
Allan & Roberta Weisglass

Bonnie Yochelson
Lawrence Zinn & Yolanda Rudich, Esq.

Family – $50

Lisa Amoia
Janice Dalton Bocchicchio
Frank Bruno
Anthony & Josephine Cerullo

Melissa Christensen
Martha Cole
Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Janice Gross

Bill Higgins
Andy & Carole Kass
Peter & Sandra Levy
Nancy Lopez
Michael & Janine Parrella

Liane Tai Rice
Paul & Mary Ann Stallone
Alice M. Tobin
Patrick & Karen Valentine
Gale Wisdom

Friend – $30

Christine Adler
Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
George & Patricia Bramwell
James Braun
John Buckholz


Jennifer Ciarleglio
Eleanor Dienes
Linda DiSantis
Tom Drysdale
Carole Eberle


Shirley P. Elfers
Lisa Enge
Louis D. Fontana
Josette Francois
Olga Gaeta

Gail Gremse
Shiloh Aderhold Holley
Scott Hoyt
Donna Johnson
Wayne Kalish


John Kilcullen
Phyllis Light
Gena Mimozo
Dennis J. Nummis
Annamay Olsen
Louise Petosa

Lisa Pillarella
Ty Ramsower
Cynthia Roberti
Margie Sable
Patricia Schwimer
Carlos Suarez


Annual Gala & Benefit

Thank you to all our friends and members who have supported our past galas. We are not currently planning a gala for this year but could always use support. If you’d like to donate to support our other programming and events, please click here.

With Pride,

The Alice Austen House Staff


Permanent Exhibition

Our Permanent Exhibition

The exhibition “New Eyes on Alice Austen” reopened the museum’s permanent spaces on May 22nd, 2019. The exhibition represents a multi-year project to update the presentation of Austen’s core story. Incorporating current scholarship, the re-envisioned permanent installation comprehensively demonstrates Austen’s contributions to photographic, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ history.

View from the grand parlor into front hallway

A collection from Austen's "Larky Life" series
displayed in what was once the Austen Dining room

The installation fully and truthfully interprets Austen’s life and work for visitors, students and scholars to understand and access. Significantly, the new permanent exhibition places her long and loving relationship with Gertrude Tate in its proper context, highlighting the 2017 designation of the house as a national site of LGBTQ historic significance.

Media: Alice Austen's letter
collection, as part of a large
translation project

The Austen Family tree, displayed
in our grand parlor

Full Gallery

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Opened May 22nd, 2019

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Photography by Duggal Visual Solutions

Exhibition Digital Media by Alyssa DeMarco

Alice Austen photos provided by Historic Richmondtown