Alice Austen House Museum
Artists-in-Residence for Emerging Photographers
When Alice Austen turned eleven in 1877 she received a camera from her uncle Oswald. Over the following half a century she developed into one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. Her technical skills and strong aesthetic eye continue to fascinate us.
Thanks to a generous grant from New York Community Trust, the Austen House is able to offer two emerging photographers the opportunity to develop their technical skills and aesthetic sensibility over the course of nine months. It is our hope that the residency will launch a serious career.
During the nine months, the artist-in-residence will:
Have both the financial and instructive support to develop his or her own style and aesthetic sensibility
Identify career goals and a plan to achieve them
Become intimately familiar with the life and work of Alice Austen
Participate in all functions of a museum, including develop and curate exhibitions and education programs
Be able to exhibit work at the Austen House.
Receive a stipend of $800 per month.
We are looking for:
College graduates, or candidates who can demonstrate the equivalence and maturity.
Candidates who are living on Staten Island, NY, or have a strong connection to the borough.
Photographers who are members of groups under-served by the museum community
Please submit a resume and images as well as a statement explaining how you meet the eligibility criteria as well as how your residency would aid your career.
The Alice Austen House Museum
2 Hylan Blvd.
SI, NY 10305
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The Alice Austen House Museum promotes public awareness and scholarly study regarding the life and work of Alice Austen (1866 – 1952). Austen was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, she was a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. She never married, and instead spent fifty years with Gertrude Tate. A rebel who broke away from the ties of her Victorian environment, Alice Austen created her own independent life.
Austen lived in “Clear Comfort,” a Victorian Gothic cottage that dates back to a 1690 one-room Dutch farmhouse. The house, which is one of the oldest in New York and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973, overlooks the New York Narrows and has a stunning panoramic view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge. For good reasons the New York City Parks Department voted it one of the most romantic sites in New York.