We’ve partnered with Target Circle!

To our friends and supporters,

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through March 31st, 2021, you can vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up.

Find out more about Target Circle here.


We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to foster creative expression, explore personal identity, and educate and inspire the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). 

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes by shopping, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign.

Join Target Circle for free access to an even more rewarding Target run.


1. Earning Votes In-Store: At check out, give your phone number or scan your Target Circle barcode by tapping “Redeem saved offers” or in Wallet in the Target App. Or enter receipt numbers within 7 days to collect earnings from eligible in-store purchases.

2. Earning Votes Online: Sign into your connected Target account on or in the Target app.

3. Casting Votes: Open and go to Community Support. Or open the Target App, go to your Circle benefits, and Vote For Nonprofits. Nonprofits will display in a list with their name, logo, mission, and website link.

4. Preferred Store: Different nonprofits are displayed in different communities. Update your preferred store to a Staten Island location to choose the Alice Austen House.


Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!


Giving Tuesday 2020

Welcome to The Alice AustenHouse

At the Alice Austen House, we are grateful for many things.

Even as we scale back celebrations to keep the people we love safe this year, our hearts could not be more full. Thanks to generous funders, creative staff members, stalwart board members, and dedicated volunteers, we have been able to share the story of Alice Austen’s life and work and mount an exhibition of the words and images of Audre Lorde that highlights the power and importance of her work and her connection to Staten Island.

As a way to say “Thank You”, this Giving Tuesday we have a special membership offer. When you buy a membership, you will have the opportunity to give a membership to someone you know at the same level, at no additional cost.

Find out more about what benefits you can get on our membership page and make sure to buy through the “Buy One Give One” form to get your extra membership.

Thank you for your support of the Alice Austen House, and we hope to welcome you and your cherished ones as members.



Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.


Terms & Conditions


Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Alice Austen House’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Alice Austen House’s web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
  2. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Alice Austen House at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Alice Austen House’s web site are provided “as is”. Alice Austen House makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Alice Austen House does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Alice Austen House or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Alice Austen House’s Internet site, even if Alice Austen House or a Alice Austen House authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Alice Austen House’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Alice Austen House does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Alice Austen House may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Alice Austen House does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Alice Austen House has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Alice Austen House of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Alice Austen House may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Alice Austen House’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.


Alice Austen House Exhibiting In Photoville 2020

Alice Austen House Exhibiting In Photoville 2020

The Alice Austen House is partnering with Photoville NYC for its 9th year. Photoville is an annual outdoor photography festival that has expanded in 2020 to include outdoor installations in every single borough.

Photoville 2020 logo

At the Staten Island site on the South Beach boardwalk, AAH and Photoville will present the work of Olga Ginzburg, 2019 AAH Triennial Finalist, and Stephen Obisanya, AAH 2016 Triennial Finalist.

From Photoville:

“Like so many trying to navigate our way during this extraordinary time, in the midst of fighting a global pandemic, a long-overdue reckoning of social injustice, and financial insecurity, we took a long look at what we could do and we adjusted, shifted, tweaked, reinvented, punted – we hustled – and found a way for the festival to still take place, while staying true to its spirit.”



This annual community gathering features over 60 public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming.

FREE for everyone to enjoy in all 5 boroughs or anywhere online! Plan your photo excursion HERE:

Photo of a man rolling a tire down the sidewalk

Encounters by Olga Ginzburg


“This project is about a love of place, with all the complexity that word can generate. The photographs are created on chance encounters. What I seek is a kind of magic that can exist in ordinary daily living.


Many of the people I meet have a sense of pride about this place; that connection with their surroundings is something I want to explore. Like clues or hints, I find myself looking for the subtle ways my subjects reveal themselves.”

A black and white portrait of a man wearing a light hat. The photographer's shadow is visible on the man's coat.

Home Away From Home by Stephen Obisanya

Beyond the four walls where we discovered identity during childhood, what is it that makes a home? Is it the city in a faraway country where we first learned to speak the native tongue? Is it the feeling of belonging when surrounded by people who remind us of a unique, shared experience? Or is it where we choose to settle with loved ones at any given moment?

Home Away From Home is a snapshot of a small town in New York City, and the process of rediscovering home. It presents a candid look into the lives of Staten Island residents and documents the diverse life experiences often overlooked within the borough.

We look forward to “seeing” you (virtually) on Sept 17th for the opening night!


Exhibition Collateral Archive

The Alice Austen House has been the home to the work of contemporary photographers since it became a museum. Here you can view the archive of postcards and collateral for those exhibitions.

Coming Soon


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.


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



The Alice Austen House thanks the following for their support:

Con Edison

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The Hillman Family Foundations

Historic House Trust of New York City
Humanities New York

The Hyde and Watson Foundation

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

New York City Council Discretionary Funding Initiative

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

NYC & Company Foundation

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund administered by City Parks Foundation

The Richmond County Savings Foundation

Ruth Foundation of the Arts

Staten Island Borough President

The Staten Island Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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
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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
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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