This extraordinary gift was made possible by the vision and generosity of Graeme Whitelaw in honor of his late wife.
Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support a student fellowship in the name of Harriet Griffin. This extraordinary gift was made possible by the vision and generosity of Graeme Whitelaw in honor of his late wife.
Harriet Griffin was an art dealer specializing in 19th and 20th century art who had an eye for the innate quality of a work. She began her career as a high school teacher after completing a degree from Brooklyn College. The opportunity to work for Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc. in the late 1960s launched a lifelong passion for modern art. At Parke Bernet she began as the assistant to Leslie Hyams in the Chinese Department where she developed her skills in cataloguing and research. She subsequently joined Loeb & Krugier on Madison Avenue where she assumed new responsibilities. When Loeb & Krugier closed, her former colleagues told her she had the business acumen to found her own gallery, and she opened Harriet Griffin Fine Arts in 1971. In 1978 she married and started a family with architect Graeme Whitelaw, who assisted her transition to dealing privately by designing a duplex gallery space on East 76th Street. Surrounded by a magnificent art reference library and an extensive collection of paintings and sculpture, Harriet enjoyed every opportunity to share her knowledge with young specialists. Her legacy as a dedicated scholar with great intellectual curiosity will live on via the Institute’s new Harriet Griffin Fellows.
“I am honored to endow this fellowship so that future students may immerse themselves in the world of art history as my wife did for decades,” said Graeme Whitelaw.
Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, commented, “With this generous support from Graeme Whitelaw, we will be able to offer MA students without the financial means an opportunity to fulfill their dreams of studying art history at a renowned institution in New York’s vibrant art world.”
About the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU
Founded in 1932, the Institute of Fine Arts is a center of graduate training and research in art history, archaeology, and conservation. The Institute has a faculty unrivaled in the breadth and depth of its expertise and in the range of its adjunct lecturers from top museums, research institutes, and conservation studios. The Institute has conferred more than 2,700 degrees, and its alumni hold leadership roles as professors, curators, museum directors, archaeologists, conservators, critics, and institutional administrators throughout the U.S. and internationally.