The Getty Foundation has announced inaugural grants awarded through a new program aimed at strengthening curatorial practice in the graphic arts field.
Through a series of conversation with curators internationally, the foundation discovered that leading museums face a shortage of well-qualified print and drawing specialists ready to move into senior curatorial positions. To address the problem, the foundation's Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century program will support traveling seminars for early- and mid-career curators of drawings and prints, curatorial fellowships, professional workshops and symposia, collection-based research projects that present significant training opportunities for young professionals, and exhibitions and publishing projects led by emerging leaders in the field.
Inaugural Paper Project grants were awarded to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford; the British Museum in London; the Courtauld Gallery in London; the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. According to the foundation, the initial grants in the multiyear initiative total more than $1.2 million.
"The Paper Project is a response to the need for more training and professional development opportunities to serve a rising generation of curators of prints and drawings," said Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow. "Assisting curators at early points in their careers will help ensure that museum departments of prints and drawings continue to have strong leadership and independent voices well into the future. The museums involved in these inaugural projects are widely recognized for their excellent collections, influential scholarship, and commitment to training."
(Image credit: J. Paul Getty Museum)