In the decade since it was established, the Conservation Guest Scholar program has hosted professionals addressing a wide range of theoretical, scientific, and practical topics related to the conservation of museum collections, historic architecture, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes. The diversity of research topics and the broad array of experiences represented by past GCI Guest Scholars have enriched the Institute's own work while adding new knowledge and thinking to the field.
Through its Conservation Guest Scholar program, the Getty Conservation Institute supports research and the infusion of new ideas and knowledge into the practice of conservation. The Guest Scholar program was established in 2000 to fill a perceived need for opportunities for senior-level professionals to pursue research on topics and issues relevant to conservation. Intended to promote both new knowledge and fresh perspectives on conservation, the Guest Scholar program allows established conservators, scientists, and professionals in related fields to pursue scholarly interests while in residence at the GCI. GCI Guest Scholars participate with other Getty scholars, fellows, and interns in the intellectual life of the Getty, making use of research collections at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, and in the greater Los Angeles area.
GCI Conservation Guest Scholars are in residence for three, six or nine consecutive months between late September and June each year. The residency grant includes a stipend, a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.
Each year, the GCI selects scholars from a highly competitive international pool of applicants. Applications are welcome from established conservators, scientists, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields. Applicants should have at least five years experience working with conservation issues and an established record of publications and other contributions to the field. Proposals that require use of GCI Science laboratories will be considered but are dependent upon availability of lab facilities and staff time. Research that contributes to a PhD or other academic degree will not be considered.
Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities.
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Application materials and full terms of the Conservation Guest Scholars program are available on the Getty Foundation website.
2012–2013 Conservation Guest Scholars
The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to welcome the 2012–13 Conservation Guest Scholars, who will be in residence at the GCI starting in September 2012.
Lynn Pamela Campbell, Conservator, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand. "An Investigation into New and Recent Methods and Processes Involved in the Salvage of Heritage Collections in an Earthquake Zone." September–December 2012
Neil McKerrow Thornton Jackson, Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool, England. "Conserving the California Steel House: A Guide to Good Practice." January–March 2013
Katarina Kristianova, Professor, Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Bratislava. "Gardens of MoMo in Slovakia: Aspects of Preservation and Restoration." January–March 2013
Marina Pugliese, , Director, Comune di Milano, Museo del Novecento, Italy. "The Impact of Lucio Fontana's Research on Environmental Artworks and Installations Between 1950 and 1970: Historical, Documentary, and Conservation Issues." April–June 2013
Donald Shelby Sale, Preventive Conservation Manager, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, England. "Developing a Methodology for the Evaluation of Adhesives and Consolidants for Sculpture and Objects Made of Transparent Plastics Using Accelerated and Natural Long-Term Aging." October 2012–March 2013
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhD recipients in chemistry and the physical sciences with experience in conservation science. The 2013–2015 Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake research as part of the Collections Research group.
In collaboration with conservators and curators, the Collections Research group conducts scientific research to further the understanding and preservation of the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other museums around the world with which it collaborates. Research projects may address questions of authenticity, provenance and artists technique, assist in the evaluation of conservation treatment programs, or investigate the properties and behavior of the materials found in works of art. As member of the Collections Research group, the Postdoctoral Fellow will gain experience in conservation science within a museum environment.
Using the extensive range of analytical instrumentation available in the GCI's laboratories, the fellow will conduct scientific analyses on a wide variety of artists materials and works of art, including paintings, decorative arts, sculpture, antiquities, and works of art on paper. In addition, an independent research project that furthers understanding or preservation of works of art, undertaken in collaboration with other cultural or academic institutions, as appropriate, may be developed by the fellow. Professional development is encouraged and supported through participation in professional meetings and workshops. Working under the guidance of the senior scientist heading Collections Research, the fellow will develop project strategies, conduct research, interpret results, write reports and communicate findings to scientific as well as non-scientific audiences.
Applicants should have a recent (2008 or later) PhD in chemistry or another physical science, experimental research experience, strong instrumental analysis skills, an aptitude for learning and adapting new analytical techniques. Applicants should be creative and versatile problem solvers and be able to work effectively in small teams. Candidates should have an interest in the visual arts and a serious interest in pursuing a career in conservation science within the museum environment.
The fellowship runs from September 2013 to August 2015. In addition to a monthly stipend prorated to the actual dates of residency, the fellow will be provided with $2000 per year toward a related study trip, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to Los Angeles and full health benefits.
Completed application materials are accepted online only. The deadline for receipt is November 1, 2012.
Application materials and full terms of the postdoctoral program are available on the Getty Foundation website.
Current and Past Postdoctoral Fellows in Conservation Science
Andrew Lerwill, PhD, Nottingham Trent University. Museum Lighting Group, GCI Science (activation spectra and reciprocity of selected colorants).
Emma Richardson, PhD, University of Southampton. Modern and Contemporary Art Research, GCI Science (plastics characterization and deterioration).
Catherine Schmidt, PhD, Northwestern University. Collections Research Laboratory, GCI Science (fourteenth-century Florentine manuscript illuminations and panel paintings by Pacino di Bonaguida).
Carrie Brindle, PhD, University of California, Irvine. Canvas Staining and Modern Paints projects, GCI Science.
Graduate internships support full-time positions for students or recent graduates who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The GCI offers twelve-month residences in the Education, Field Projects, and Science departments. Graduate internships are open to applicants of all nationalities who are either currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying or who have recently completed a relevant graduate degree.
Deadline: December 3, 2012
Application materials and full terms of the program are available on the Getty Foundation website.
2012-2013 Graduate Interns
Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, Germany. GCI Field Projects, MOSAIKON: Site Management and Technician Training
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany. GCI Science, Preservation of Plastics
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States. GCI Field Projects, Arches Database Project
Università di Bologna, Italy. GCI Science, Collections Research Laboratory
Tim Luk Germain Michiels
Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. GCI Field Projects, Earthen Architecture Initiative
Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany. GCI Field Projects, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
Last updated: February 2013