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Getty Grant Program Names Recipients of Annual Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fifteen Scholars from Eight Countries Will Conduct Research in the History of Art and the Humanities

June 4, 1999

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Recipients of the 1999-2000 J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art and the Humanities were announced today by Deborah Marrow, Director of the Getty Grant Program. Fifteen scholars who received their doctorates within the past six years were each awarded a stipend of $35,000 for one year's research. (See attached list for the names, academic affiliations, and project titles of this year's Fellows.) The awards went to scholars in eight countries and will be used to conduct research worldwide. The purpose of the fellowships is to release scholars from academic and administrative responsibilities at a critical point early in their careers when much is expected of them professionally, but research time is extremely limited.

The Fellows were chosen through an international open competition. Applications were reviewed by more than 60 field specialists, including an international advisory committee. The research projects of this year's Fellows reflect a broad range of topics, including the transformation of Chinese calligraphy in the 17th century, the interrelationship of aboriginal Australian and European colonial visual cultures, and the growth of antifascist art in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and 1940s.

Selection of the 1999-2000 Fellows brings to 244 the number of scholars to receive the awards since the program's inception in 1984. The application deadline for the 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship competition is November 1, 1999. Information and application forms are available from the Getty Grant Program, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685 and online at

The Postdoctoral Fellowships represent one of the many types of grants awarded to institutions and individuals throughout the world by the Getty Grant Program. Since its inception in 1984, the Grant Program has given more than $82 million to support more than 2,000 projects in more than 150 countries. Recent grants have supported the scholarly reinterpretation of the Classic Maya murals of Bonampak in Chiapas, Mexico; the development of interpretive materials for the Denver Museum's American and European art collections, and the architectural conservation of Aachen Cathedral in Germany.

Please note: The Getty Research Institute offers separate residential fellowships.  Additional information is available from the Getty Research Institute at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688, 310-440-7392 (phone), 310-440-7782 (fax), (E-mail), and online at

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Fellows/Project Titles

Dr. Qianshen Bai
Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant Professor, Boston University
"The Transformation of Chinese Calligraphy in the Seventeenth Century"

Dr. Anita Julia Callaway
Ph.D., University of Sydney
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University
"Inventing an Idiomatically Australian Art: Cross-Cultural Exchange between Indigenous and White Australians in a Colonial Society"

Dr. Jill Elizabeth Caskey
Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
"Eye of a Needle: The Rufolos of Ravello and the Art of Wealth and Splendor"

Dr. Swati Chattopadhyay
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Depicting Calcutta: Colonial Conflict and the Emergence of a Nineteenth-Century Modernity"

Dr. Maria Pia Fantini
Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Assistant Professor, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
"Immagini a Stampa e Riti: funzione, forme e censura tra Riforma e Controriforma"

Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Fraser
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
"The Sketch in Medieval China: Aesthetic Theories and Practices"

Dr. Robert Edward Haywood
Ph.D., University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
"Interventions: Art, Happenings and Cultural Politics in the United States (1958-1970)"

Dr. Preminda Susana Jacob
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"The Nexus of Visual Art and Media in South India"

Dr. Wolfgang Jung
Ph.D., Rheinisch-WestfälischeTechnische Hochschule Aachen and Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia
Associate Professor, Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main
"On Borromini’s ‘Furor Matematicus’"

Dr. Richard Theodore Neer
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
"Framing the Gift: The Ideology of Thesauroi in Archaic Greece"

Dr. Mignon Elizabeth Nixon
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
Lecturer, Courtauld Institute of Art
"‘He Disappeared into Complete Silence’: Louise Bourgeois and a Psychoanalytic Study of Late Modernism"

Dr. Stephen Grant Perkinson
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, University of Denver
"The Physiognomization of the Image in the Late Middle Ages"

Dr. Ivana Radovanovic
Ph.D., University of Belgrade
Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade
"Art of the Lepenski Vir Culture: Iconography, Ideology and Belief System of the Mesolithic Community (VIII-VI millennium BC)"

Dr. David James Roxburgh
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor , Harvard University
"In the Realms of Dispersal and Collectedness: Art and Aesthetics in Pre-Modern Iran"

Dr. Diana Beatriz Wechsler
Ph.D., University of Granada, Spain
Researcher ­ Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires/CONICET
"Buenos Aires Art and Politics. An Outlying Metropolis at the Crossroad of the Anti-Fascist International"

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