MY ART STORY by

Julia van Haaften

New York
New York

In 1979, with the photo art market well launched on its still-continuing upward trajectory, the NEA & NEH awarded back-to-back collection cataloging grants that helped fund projects to survey and document photographic holdings in the New York Public Library's General Research Division. The records produced by these projects, which I directed, helped support the founding of a formal curatorial department, the reorganized Art, Prints & Photographs Division, in 1980.

The department celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010 (the year I retired from institutional employment) with a wonderful exhibition by Stephen Pinson, who is now responsible for coordinating all visual materials collections in the New York Public Library. The entire enterprise would not have been possible without the Endowments, whose grants were matched by generous private funds.

Julia van Haaften
New York, NY