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New Grants for Museum Curators Provide Critical Support for Scholarly Research

Getty Grant Program Awards over $100,000 in Fellowships to 10 Curators in U.S. and Europe

May 25, 2000

Los Angeles-The Getty Grant Program today announced the first 10 recipients of a new fellowship program that addresses the museum field's critical need for curatorial research support. Curatorial Research Fellowships totaling more than $100,000 will support curators' professional scholarly development by allowing them to take time off from regular museum duties to undertake short-term research or study projects. This year's grantees come from eight American and two European institutions, and the topics they will investigate range from late-medieval gardens to feminist art of the 1970s and '80s.

"We decided to create this new grant category after surveying the museum field and discovering a real need for resources to support scholarly research by curators," said Joan Weinstein, senior program officer for the Getty Grant Program, who oversees the Curatorial Research Fellowship program. "Museum budgets are often severely strained, and the Getty's fellowships offer a welcome new source of funding for serious scholarship."

Research carried out by Fellows may be in preparation for institutional or independent projects. For example, William Robinson, associate curator of paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will conduct research for an exhibition on Spanish modernism, while Sandra Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will be able to travel to Rome to study the photography collection of the Vatican Library.

In addition to the range of their subject matter, the Fellows themselves represent a wide variety of organizations, from regional museums and university art galleries to major international institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Grantees are also at different stages in their careers, from assistant to senior curators.

"The professional, geographic, and thematic mix is what makes this first group of Fellows so exciting," said David Rodes, director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, who served on the Curatorial Research Advisory Committee. "We all know that many demands are placed on museum professionals today, but allowing curators concentrated periods of time to pursue research will ultimately strengthen their work and that of their institutions. I think it's wonderful that the Getty is encouraging this."

Full-time curators working in museums with art collections are eligible to apply for Curatorial Research Fellowships, which are awarded by the Getty Grant Program through an open competition. Fellowships provide a stipend of $3,500 per month for up to three months, as well as up to $3,000 for travel and research materials. Fellows pursue their research wherever necessary to complete their projects. The next application deadline for Curatorial Research Fellowships is November 1, 2000. Detailed application information for this and other Getty grants is available online at

Getty Grant Program
2000-2001 Curatorial Research Fellowships



Elisabeth Antoine
Musée National du Moyen Age, Paris

For the catalogue of the exhibition "On Earth as in Heaven: Gardens of the Late Middle Ages."

Szilvia Bodnár
Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings Department
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

For a catalogue of the Museum’s 15th- to 17th-century German drawings collection.

Cornelia Hepburn Butler
Associate Curator
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

To conduct preliminary research for a historical survey of feminist art.

May Lewis Castleberry
Associate Curator of Special Collections
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

For the exhibition "The New World’s Old World: Views of Ancient America."

Julien David Chapuis
Assistant Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

To prepare the dissertation "Stefan Lochner: Image Making in Fifteenth-Century Cologne" for publication.

David Park Curry
Curator of American Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

For the monograph "James McNeill Whistler: A Visual Synthesis."

Mary MacNaughton
Director, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery,
Scripps College, Claremont, California

For the monograph "States of Mind: The Art of Adolf Gottlieb."

Sandra S. Phillips
Senior Curator of Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

To study the photography collection of the Vatican Library.

William H. Robinson
Associate Curator of Paintings
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

For the exhibition "Barcelona Modernism: Picasso to Dalí."

Joaneath Ann Spicer
The James A. Murnagan Curator Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

For a monograph on the Dutch painter and draughtsman Roelandt Saverij (1576-1639).

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