Grants Awarded by MUUS in 2020

In addition to our efforts to preserve and share the most outstanding American photography of past decades, we here at the MUUS Collection also find ourselves looking forward as we recognize that there are countless photographic works of vital importance still to be created. We hope that, in awarding these grants to grassroots organizations working in the arenas of education, research, and access & preservation, we can, in our modest way, help build and secure the future of the photographic arts.

MUUS Grant Awarded for Encouraging Research: 10×10 Photobooks

10x10 Photobooks is a nonprofit which dedicates itself to growing the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of photobooks around the globe.  

We are happy to share that the MUUS Collection grant to 10x10 Photobooks will support research by underwriting 2 research grants that encourage scholarship on under-explored topics in photobook history. Additionally, grant funds will be used to help offset production costs for What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999, an important project examining the role of women in photobook history. We invite you to learn more about the work 10x10 Photobooks is doing as it spurs research and reshapes our understanding of photobook history through its reading rooms, touring exhibitions, public events, and publications.

MUUS Grant Awarded for Fostering Education: Penumbra Foundation

The nonprofit Penumbra Foundation serves as a comprehensive resource for students, artists, professionals, photographers (at all levels), historians, conservators, and curators who seek to explore the art and science of photography. We here at MUUS are so pleased that our grant to Penumbra Foundation will underwrite the Risograph Print & Publication Residency program by providing honorariums to 3 jurors as well as material support to 4 artists.

The Residency Program offers select artists the resources, technical support, and artistic assistance needed to produce their projects and engage a wider audience for their work. We invite you to learn more about how this unique organization helps ensure the future of photography through its education, public and residency programs, research, and outreach.

MUUS Grant Awarded for Supporting Access & Preservation: The Wallach Division

The Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, a small department within the New York Public Library, is committed to preserving and increasing access to the Library's world class Photography Collection of approximately 500,000 images spanning from the earliest examples of paper photography and daguerreotype at photography’s inception to the most contemporary paper-based and digital images. We are delighted that the MUUS Collection grant to the Wallach Division will increase the public’s access to the NYPL’s Photography Collection, thereby making these inspiring works available to future generations of photographers, students, and scholars.

The grant will support the digitization of vintage prints, including 2,000 images from Berenice Abbott’s project Changing New York as well as approximately 40,000 images from the Farm Security Administration, a collection that includes hundreds of photographs by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Ben Shahn, to name just a few. We invite you to visit the Wallach Division and explore further how its unique work supports access to and preservation of the photographic arts.