The International Photography Hall of Fame said that it would leave its museum and home in Grand Center and instead open an office in Fenton. It cited changes in philanthropy as well as the effects of Covid-19.
The non-profit said that it will move from 3415 Olive St., to the Maritz Campus in Fenton on May 1.
The statement said that classes, workshops and movies would continue to be offered in various locations "near collections and the community as a whole" and virtually.
Patty Wente is the leader of IPHF. She said, in an email: "The aftermath and the fact that the museum was not open to the public for visits, it was at best difficult."
She said that the nonprofit "did switch to virtual classes and exhibits, but this isn't as good for the general public."
Wente said that "Corporate sponsors changed their focus on philanthropy in the St. Louis metro area post-Covid. IPHF relied heavily on this funding."
She said that the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis funding also decreased significantly "due to the drastic change in hotel sales tax during and after Covid." Hotel taxes are used by the Regional Arts Commission to fund grant recipients.
According to the latest tax filing, IPHF (the Photo Art & Science Foundation) reported revenue in 2021 of $467.164, down from $548.971 in 2010. At the end of 2021, assets totaled $259.571 and liabilities were $165.706, according to its latest available tax filing.
The cost of living increased to $518.391 in 2021, up from $473.979 in 2010.
Wente is the only employee of the hall of fame. The awards ceremony will continue as planned, but with a virtual ceremony on Nov. 3. The gift shop will also remain online.
The nonprofit says that it is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of photographers, inventors, and pioneers throughout history.