The GCI is pleased to welcome its 2005–2006 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 on 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 to nine consecutive 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 sixth year, the program has hosted scholars from around the world working on wide-ranging projects, indicative of the inter-disciplinary nature of conservation.

Applications for the 2006–2007 scholar year are currently being accepted. The application deadline is November 1, 2005. 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:

Conservation Guest Scholar Grants
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685 U.S.A.
Tel: 310 440-7374
Fax: (inquiries only) 310 440-7703

Conservation Guest Scholars

Mary-Lou Florian, former research associate and conservation scientist at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia
She will conduct analysis of "The Discoloration in the Irregular Shaped Fungal Fox Spots."
September 2005–February 2006

Lorenzo Lazzarini,professor of applied petrography, Department of Architectural History at the University IUAV of Venice
He will conduct research on "The Colored Stones of Ancient Greece: Quarries, History of Use, Characterization, and Deterioration."
September–November 2005

Alan Phenix, senior lecturer in the Conservation of Fine Art Department, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
He will work on a two-part project: "An Environmental Dynamic Mechanical Analysis of Artists' and Conservation Materials" and a textbook for conservation with the working title "Use of Organic Solvents in Art Conservation: Theory and Practice."
October 2005–June 2006

Henri Van Damme, professor, the City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution
He will research "Traditional Mineral Materials: A Gentle Introduction to Their Chemo-Mechanics."
March–May 2006