The Getty Foundation has awarded thirteen new grants totaling nearly $1.3 million to support curatorial innovation in the graphic arts as part of its Paper Project initiative. With $8.7 million in grants awarded to 72 institutions worldwide, 2024 is the final year of the initiative.
The final thirteen grants support diverse training projects, including fully-funded workshops and traveling seminars for curators of works on paper that start this spring and continue into 2025. One of the new grants is awarded to the University of Amsterdam for the ten-day traveling seminar Exploring the Materiality of Powdered Colors (April 2025), which will address the making, preservation, and scientific study of pastels, primarily from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Another grant has been awarded to the Rijksmuseum for a three-day workshop that will offer participants an integrated approach to the study of inscriptions and marks on Dutch Old Master drawings or historic mounts.
See the Getty website for a list of grants awarded organized by type, starting with the most recent grants for professional development workshops and seminars happening in 2024 and 2025.
The Paper Project was launched in 2018 to support ambitious curators of prints and drawings who want to raise the visibility of works on paper. These collections are often some of the largest holdings in many museums. In addition to funding curatorial projects that share new research about understudied artists and artworks, Getty has also helped graphic arts professionals with training residencies, workshops, and seminars that bring scholars together to deepen their knowledge of the many materials and techniques used for centuries by artists working on paper.