New Eyes on Alice Austen: Alice Austen House receives 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant

The Alice Austen House was recently rewarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redefining the Museum’s Interpretation. With this NEH grant, the Alice Austen House will convene a team of five scholars who will advise the museum on contextualizing, expanding, and updating the museum’s interpretation of early American photographer Alice Austen’s life and work. 

The scholars have been selected to provide expertise from a variety of perspectives. The team consists of Sarah Kate Gillespie, Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia); Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University; Lara Vapnek, Associate Professor of History at St. John’s University, NY; Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University; and scholar of lesbian history Lillian Faderman, Professor Emerita at Fresno State University. The project will be managed by independent museum consultant Denise Rompilla. 

The grant project will culminate in Spring 2016 with a public panel discussion with the scholars presenting their findings. The event is to be held during Women’s History Month and in honor of Alice’s 150th birthday. Open to the general public, the panel discussion will include a question and answer period that will encourage audience feedback to be taken into consideration for a future implementation stage.

Read more about the project in the Press Release