Welcome New Director Matthew K. Ward
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew K. Ward as the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Director. He succeeds Helen A. Harrison, who retired from the position on January 18.
“Matt has the perfect mix of scholarly expertise, programming background, and curatorial experience to head the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center,” said Harrison. “I’m excited to hand over the reins to an outstanding leader who understands the historic site’s mission and vision, and who will bring fresh ideas and new approaches to fulfilling them.”
Ward, an art historian and curator from Long Island, New York, received his Master’s degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University and is currently a PhD candidate there. His academic work has focused on early American modernism, specifically the nascent American career of Willem de Kooning. He has served on the Brooklyn Museum’s ASK App team developing educational content, as Instructor of Record at Stony Brook University, Hofstra University and St. Joseph’s College, and as a researcher at the Willem de Kooning Foundation. His most recent position was Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas, where his exhibitions included “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos” and “Warhol x Scholder: Cowboys & Indians.” For the museum's contemporary series, Ward organized first solo exhibitions of work by living Asian, Hispanic, and Black artists.
"The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is one of our truly special resources here on the Island, as well as a bona fide international pilgrimage site,” said Ward. “As community members, as artists, as art historians we should feel immensely proud of it. The house, the studio, the works Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner created here—these are indelible parts of this country's cultural history. I also see the P-K House as a venue in which visitors can connect with the work of our region's artists and scholars. Where, while celebrating the past, we can move enthusiastically into the future. This is very much a living space. I feel immensely privileged to be a part of it.”
$25,000 in grants received from NYSCA and the National Trust
The New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State legislature, has renewed our $15,000 grant in support of year-round educational programs organized and presented by Joyce Raimondo, our Education Coordinator. More than 200 programs have been presented this year, including on-site and remote workshops for children, teens and adults. Current offering are listed here.
A $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Johanna Favrot Fund will support upgrades to "Tracing Paint," our award-winning virtual reality tour of the Pollock-Krasner studio. New Meta Quest 3 headsets, with greater clarity and navigation without controllers, will be available when the museum reopens for tours in May.
"Tracing Paint" available for download from Viveport and Oculus
It's also available for download from the Oculus App Lab Store for your Oculus Quest headset.
- See the building as it was when Pollock and Krasner worked there.
- Watch some of their paintings return to the areas on the floor and walls where they were created.
- Hear the artists discuss their methods and motivations. See an excerpt HERE.