Stony Brook Foundation (Stony Brook, NY)
In 1945, Jackson Pollock, then a fledging artist, moved to Long Island from New York City with his new bride, fellow artist Lee Krasner. In this serene environment, Pollock developed a new technique that made him one of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionism visual arts movement. The property near East Hampton, New York would be Pollock's home for the rest of his life and the site of his most innovative and influential work. The Stony Brook Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, took over the development and preservation of the property, creating a museum and study center devoted to scholarship in modern American art, with special emphasis on Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and their contemporaries.
Everything in the house is original, including the artists’ personal library of books and large collection of jazz and classical records. The studio contains both artists’ working materials, with the floorboards covered with streaks of paint from the unique painting method developed by Pollock. All these materials stored and used in the house and studio are in danger of damage by severe seasonal temperature and humidity fluctuations due to a lack of a heating or cooling system. In addition, there are inadequate ventilation and fire protection systems.
The federal Save America’s Treasures (SAT) program, begun in 1999 as a millennium initiative, addresses the urgent preservation needs of the nation’s most significant historic sites and collections. The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center was awarded an FY 2003 SAT grant of $107,000 through the NEA to provide climate control and fire suppression systems in both the house and studio.
(From the 2003 NEA Annual Report)
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency