Joel Peter Witkin

BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York
CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageEuropean-American
Light Work RelationshipOther, 1975 (Work donated through CAPS Program)




The work of Joel Peter Witkin came to Light Work through the Creative Artists Public Service Program (CAPS) in 1975. CAPS was an organization founded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to award grants to individual artists. Artists who received a CAPS fellowship were awarded grants, and then asked to perform some type of community service as a condition of the award. CAPS contacted Light Work to ask if we would accept Witkin's work into our collection to satisfy his public service component of his CAPS award.