Beginning in September, the GCI will welcome the 2002-2003 conservation guest scholars. While in residence at the GCI, the scholars will research a variety of topics, from a study of lime mortars and plasters to the development of a preservation manual for Indian cultural heritage collections.

The Conservation Guest Scholar Program is a residential program that serves to encourage new ideas and perspectives in the field of conservation, with an emphasis on research in the visual arts (including sites, buildings, and objects) and the theoretical underpinnings of the field. This competitive program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue interdisciplinary scholarly research in areas of general interest to the international conservation community.

Scholars—in residence at the GCI for periods of three, six, or nine months—are given housing at a scholar apartment complex, a work space at the GCI, a monthly stipend, and access to the libraries and resources of the Getty in order to conduct their research.

Applications for the 2003-2004 scholar year are currently being accepted. The application deadline is November 1, 2002. Interested established professionals should visit the Grants section of the Getty Web site for information on the program and on application procedures. Information is also available by contacting:

Conservation Guest Scholar Grants
The Getty Grant Program
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685 U.S.A.
Tel. 310 440-7374
Fax 310 440-7703

Conservation Guest Scholars 2002-2003

Koenraad Van Balen, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, R. Lemaire Centre for Conservation, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

While in residence, he will further research his study of lime mortars and plasters entitled "Lime: A Tradition with a Future."
September 2002-June 2003

Alicia García Santana, Senior Researcher, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment, Varadero, Cuba

She will pursue research on "A Study of Hispanic Vernacular Houses of the Caribbean Region."
April-June 2003

Setha Low, Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology and Director of the Public Space Research Group, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, U.S.A.

She will work on "Social Sustainability in Heritage Conservation: People, History, and Values."
January-March 2003

Carl Pruscha, Chair, Architectural Design (Habitat, Environment, and Conservation), Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

He will research "Preservation and Conservation of Vernacular Architecture in Mountainous Regions."
February-July 2003

Aparna Tandon, Curator and Conservator, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Jammu, India

She will conduct research on "Developing a Preservation Manual for Indian Collections of Cultural Heritage Artifacts."
September-December 2002

Albert Wiedemann, Lecturer, Technical University of Berlin, and Surveying Engineer, FPK Engineering Ltd., Berlin, Germany

While at the GCI, he will work on "Simple Geodetic and Photogrammetric Methods for Conservation Purposes."
September 2002-January 2003.