Michelangelo's drawing of outstretched arms
In January of 2018, the Getty Foundation launched The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century. The initiative's primary focus is on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings.

Prints and drawings provide extraordinary insights into the artistic process of some of Western art history's most celebrated artists and are often important works of art in their own right. The Paper Project was conceived to help prints and drawings curators navigate the demands of the 21st century museum, both by preserving traditional skills that have been passed down through generations of specialists, and by making their collections accessible to today's museum audiences.

Grants in this initiative are supporting the following types of projects:

Short-term traveling seminars: Led by senior specialists in the field, these seminars create opportunities for small groups of early- to mid-career curators to devote extended time to shared object study in important cabinets of prints and drawings.

Leda and the Swan by Leonardo da Vinci
Professional workshops, symposia: Professional gatherings with an emphasis on shared learning among curators about critical issues in the prints and drawings field.

Curatorial fellowships: One-to-two year full-time curatorial fellowships at the postgraduate level with an emphasis on gaining practical experience in a broad spectrum of curatorial skills.

Collection-based research fellowships: Multi-year support for scholarly collection catalogue projects that present significant opportunities for training in connoisseurship for younger professionals.

Exhibition and publishing projects: Grants allowing mid-career curators and emerging leaders in the field of prints and drawings the opportunity to originate or enhance an exhibition and/or publication project that provides significant opportunities for intellectual and professional growth.

Applications are by invitation rather than through open competition.

For more information about grants or to sign up for The Paper Project mailing list, please email thepaperproject@getty.edu.

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Images (Top to Bottom): Michelangelo, Studies of an Outstretched Right Forearm for the Fresco 'The Drunkenness of Noah' on the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, circa 1508-1509, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs Collection). Photo: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam; Honoré Daumier, The Print Collectors, after 1863, black chalk, pen and ink, wash and watercolor on paper. Image courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum