This September the GCI will welcome the first of the 2004-2005 conservation guest scholars. 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 conservation professionals to pursue interdisciplinary scholarly research in areas of general interest to the international conservation community.

Scholars—who are 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. Now in its fifth year, the program has hosted scholars from 19 countries working on wide-ranging projects indicative of the interdisciplinary nature of conservation.

Applications for the 2005-2006 scholar year are currently being accepted. The application deadline is November 1, 2004. For information on the program and on application procedures, interested established professionals should visit the "Grants" section of the Getty Web site. Information is also available by contacting:

Attn: 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: (inquiries only) (310) 440-7703

2004-2005 Conservation Guest Scholars

George Abungu, heritage consultant, former director-general of the National Museums of Kenya
He will pursue research on "Developing Strategies for Sustainable Management and Use of Intangible Heritage in Africa."
September 2004-May 2005

Maria Barbara Bertini, Director, State Archives, Milan
She will work on "Preventive Conservation and Emergency Planning," with an emphasis on archives.
October 2004-March 2005

Ulrich Birkmaier, Conservator, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
He will conduct research on an "Investigation of a Painting Support Utilized by Marsden Hartley: The Weber Academy Board."
April-June 2005

Andreas Krase, Dresden University of Technology, and Curator of the Hermann Krone Collection
He will pursue research on "The Memory of the Material: Studies on an Expanded Understanding of Historical Photographs."
October-December 2004

Maria Pia Riccardi, Researcher, Pavia University
She will conduct research on "Investigation of Ancient Technologies as a Prerequisite for the Conservation of Lime Plasters and Windowpanes: A Research Model Extendable to Other Contexts."
October 2004-March 2005