Since 2009, the Foundation has been supporting visiting faculty and research seminar projects as part of the Connecting Art Histories initiative. Below is a list of grants awarded, organized by geographic region.


Fundação de Desenvolvimento da UNICAMP
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), located just outside São Paulo, Brazil, received Getty grant funds for a series of visiting professorships and related workshops dedicated to the study of non-Western art. UNICAMP was the first graduate-level art history program in Brazil to offer courses in this area. The project cemented the university's leadership by supporting eight visiting faculty in Pre-Columbian, African, and Japanese art over a three-year period. A publication of articles from visiting faculty and select students is forthcoming.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2013)

Fundación ArtNexus para la Promolgación y Divulgación del arte
Fundación ArtNexus hosted Intellectual Networks: Art and Politics in Latin America, a project that brought together scholars from across Latin America to study intellectual and artistic networks in the region during the 1920s and the 1970s. A project team of international scholars met in two research seminars—one at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and one at the Getty Center—to address these important decades in Latin American social and artistic history. The team presented its research findings through papers at a public conference and through an exhibition of archival material at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero de Buenos Aires in 2013. The exhibition traveled to the Museum Leopoldo Rother at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in May 2014.
Grant awarded: $127,500 (2011)

Museum of Latin American Art
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the only museum in the Western United States exclusively focused on contemporary Latin American art, organized two linked international symposia, Between Museum and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century. Academics, curators and museum directors from 16 countries came together to discuss new models for interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary Latin American art. The first gathering was held in Los Angeles, hosted jointly at MoLAA and the Getty Center in March 2011; the second seminar took place at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru in November 2011.
Grant awarded: $160,000 (2010)

Trustees of Columbia University
Scholars based at Columbia University received Getty support for a series of international research seminars examining the cultural interactions between Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas in the 16th century. Despite the extension of Spanish Habsburg rule to the Low Countries, southern Italy, and Latin America during this time, scholarship tends to treat the art of each region separately. Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas brought together younger scholars from Italy and Latin America with a group of distinguished faculty to study the artistic ties that developed between these two regions during the so-called "Golden Age." Together the team identified a common corpus of key objects to be studied, developed a shared historical narrative, and explored new models for conceiving and analyzing artistic influence. A second Getty grant is supporting additional research seminars in two under-researched regions of Spanish Italy—Puglia and Sardinia. This phase is allowing senior mentors to work closely with the participating younger scholars to develop solid research projects.
Grants awarded: $247,000 (2015) and $280,000 (2019)

Universidad de los Andes
The Universidad de los Andes received grant support for its art history department to launch a visiting professor program in the area of non-Western art. The new courses are allowing students to access and participate fully in the discipline of art history globally as well as better understand the visual culture of South America, particularly Colombia. In the 16th century, the Manila Galleons carried art objects and cultural traditions as well as people across the Pacific, facilitating the introduction of Asian and African aesthetic forms into Colombia. With new methodologies shaping the study of African art, program organizers hope to invigorate the field of Afro-Colombian art, which has been studied largely from a European and anthropological perspective.
Grant awarded: $85,000 (2017)

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
In partnership with other universities across Latin America, the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro undertook a series of faculty and student exchanges and a related research project to examine the complex history of Latin American art in the long 19th century. Three intensive study courses held in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro focused on the following topics: the persistence of the classical tradition; the origins of Latin American modernism; and the appropriation of art and artifacts from indigenous cultures and trade networks with Africa and Asia. The resulting research is available in the online publication 19&20.
Grant awarded: $310,000 (2012)

Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Forging an innovative alliance, the art history departments at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the University of Zurich, Switzerland established a teaching exchange focused on the topics of The Global Baroque, The Notion of the Renaissance, and Practices in the Expanded Field of Art History. These courses featured residencies by visiting faculty from the respective programs in São Paulo and Zurich as well as field trips, allowing students first-hand study of objects and monuments in Brazil and Europe. This pedagogical project was complemented by a sequence of research seminars that focus on the challenges posed for art history by globalization, with a particular emphasis on Latin American art history. The project received a second round of Foundation grant support in 2013 for both partners to undertake additional visiting professorships and research seminars.
Grants awarded: $240,000 (2013), $185,000 (2013, to Universität Zurich), and $214,000 (2011)

Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, home of one of the leading conservation centers in Latin America, organized a series of research seminars entitled Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties. Art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists from eight different countries across Latin America and Europe worked together to advance "technical art history" concerning colonial Latin American art. The grant supported three convenings on three different continents—including one at the Getty Center—focusing on artistic practices and materials in colonial Hispanic America from the 16th through the 18th centuries.
Grant awarded: $214,000 (2010)

Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF)
This grant to UNTREF supported the final phase of the Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties project described above that originated at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín. The initial research seminars created an interdisciplinary team that examined in-depth the artistic practices and materials of colonial Latin American art. This follow-up grant expanded the intellectual network through a culminating seminar; a two-volume publication in English and Spanish that promises to have a significant impact on studies in the field is forthcoming.
Grant awarded: $110,000 (2015)

University of Texas at Austin
A team led by scholars at the University of Texas at Austin organized a series of research seminars on Latin American and Latino art from 1960-1990 that brought together art historians from the region with their counterparts in the United States. The project involved senior scholars and advanced graduate students working together to analyze the history of Latin American avant-garde and neo-vanguard art. The group held their first meeting in Bogotá, Columbia and additional meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Grant awarded: $224,000 (2012)

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American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome organized a series of seminars on medieval art and architecture across the Mediterranean, including North Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkan coast. While this region has been characterized by divisive religious and ethnic tensions, new art historical research has produced a more integrated history of the medieval period and uncovered a distinctive blend of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that shaped the region's art and culture during the period of study. The project maintained an interdisciplinary dimension, bringing together leading scholars from diverse contexts ranging from museums and academia to archaeology and cultural heritage. A final publication is forthcoming.
Grant awarded: $222,000 (2013)

Brown University
Distinguished scholars Susan E. Alcock and Natalie Kampen organized a research seminar exploring The Arts of Rome's Provinces. The seminar brought together twenty art historians and archaeologists from the Middle East, North Africa, the republics of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Western, Central, and Eastern Europe to study "romanization" and material culture in these regions. Through on-site research of historical monuments and important collections in Greece and Great Britain, the seminars encouraged collaboration between art historians and archaeologists, creating a model for future interdisciplinary exchange. A final seminar held at the Getty Villa cemented the research findings, leading to a publication.
Grants awarded: $235,000 (2010) and $180,000 (2009)

Charitable Foundation of Boğaziçi University
Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), a highly regarded program in art history, architecture and visual culture in Turkey, organized a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program that brought renowned art historians from a variety of fields to the university to teach graduate courses and thereby strengthen training of its graduate students. Visiting professors taught courses in topics ranging from contemporary art to South Asian photography and Near Eastern art.
Grants awarded: $200,000 (2011) and $175,000 (2010)

Cornell University
The Institute of Comparative Modernities at Cornell, in partnership with the Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh) and Asia Art Archives (Hong Kong), is bringing together a team of international experts and emerging scholars to investigate developments in the artistic and cultural histories of modern South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Group seminars will focus on how the withdrawal of colonial powers and the consolidation of nationalism following World War II affected modern art in the chosen regions. Participants will gather in Hong Kong at the Asia Art Archive, and at Dhaka during the Dhaka Art Summit, in addition to virtual sessions.
Grant awarded: $238,000 (2019)

Courtauld Institute of Art
The Courtald has received support for a series of research seminars examining the cultural complexity of art and artifacts of the Caucasus and eastern Anatolia from the late 12th through the 14th centuries. The first seminar, Crossing Frontiers: Christians and Muslims and their Art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus brought together senior experts and emerging regional scholars to uncover the history of Turkey and Armenia as a hub of dynamic artistic exchange. A second phase of the program, Connecting Art Histories in the Medieval Caucasus: Christianities, Islams and their Intersections, reconvened the original participants for a meeting in Georgia—the dominant Christian power in the Caucasus in the late Middle Ages. In 2018, the Courtauld received support for an extension to its Georgia seminar that is allowing participants to convene in Jerusalem, the key religious and spiritual center for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as a center of conflict and cultural exchange.
Grants awarded: $215,000 (2014), $186,000 (2017), and $47,500 (2018)

The Cyprus Institute
The Cyprus Institute, a non-profit research and education institution located in Nicosia, is organizing a program of research seminars that will focus on the layered art histories of medieval and early modern Mediterranean cities. Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities includes three on-site seminars in historic cities in Greece, Spain, and Cyprus that bring together art historians and cultural heritage professionals for sustained research and intellectual exchange. Shared encounters with works of art and architecture will stimulate discussion and new analyses while also providing crucial insight into the day-to-day realities of custodianship in differing contexts. Mediterranean Palimpsests' emphasis on regional and international collaboration will help bring to light the aesthetic as well as economic and political networks that continue to link Mediterranean cities.
Grant awarded: $240,000 (2017)

Emory University
Beyond the Northern Aegean is a series of two traveling seminars that brings early-career art historians and archaeologists together with senior scholars of ancient Greek art and architecture to enhance collaborative, cross-regional scholarship on ancient Thrace. Participants from the Black Sea region, Western Europe, and North America will explore how ancient communities traversed political and cultural borders to express, appropriate, and manipulate Greek architectural forms and ideas. The first seminar includes visits to ancient Macedonia and Thrace, and the second seminar takes place in northwestern Turkey and the Black Sea littoral.
Grant awarded: $246,000 (2018)

Johns Hopkins University
Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond is a collaborative project with the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece that will bring a group of early-career art historians and archaeologists from the Mediterranean region together with senior specialists to foster new approaches to the study of the wider Mediterranean world and East/West interactions. Two research seminars will take place in Greece, where access to relevant sites will give participants first-hand exposure to the archaeological and museological contexts of a wide range of important objects from the period between 2000 BCE and 650 CE. The project includes on-site meetings, a virtual seminar, and a website to facilitate internal communication, public updates on activities, and dissemination of research.
Grant awarded: $236,000 (2017)

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaftern E.V. / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence developed a multi-year research project, Art, Space, and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization, to examine how the visual arts have shaped and strengthened connections among cultures in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent from late antiquity to early modernity. The project successfully brought together almost 100 junior scholars from around the world with more than 20 distinguished senior scholars for seminars, workshops, summer programs, and research trips to important historical sites.
Grants awarded: $100,000 (2012), $236,000 (2011), $200,000 (2010), and $200,000 (2009)

President and Fellows of Harvard College / Villa I Tatti
Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies received support for a 2013 research seminar in Florence for scholars from China who teach Western art and architecture to study Renaissance works firsthand. The three-week program offered Chinese art and architectural historians the unique opportunity to study major works in situ, and to share ideas about art historical scholarship with colleagues from the U.S. and Italy. Building on the success of this first program, Harvard organized similar institutes for 2014 and 2015. Entitled Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy, the intensive summer sessions studied the close integration of art and architecture that is characteristic of Renaissance Florence.
Grants awarded: $215,000 (2014) and $108,000 (2012)

President and Fellows of Harvard College
Distinguished scholar Alina Payne (Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University) led a series of seminars that proposed a new intellectual direction for early modern studies by focusing on the artistic ties that developed along the complex network of waterways connecting Eastern Europe to the Dalmatian Coast, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. This region was a critical meeting point for assimilating, translating, and linking the cultures of Central Asia with Western Europe, and Christianity with Islam. Aimed at fostering dialogue among younger scholars from the former Soviet Bloc, as well as fruitful exchange with scholars in the United States, the program included an intensive field study of regional monuments and collections, a follow-up residency at Harvard, and a final seminar in Eastern Europe.
Grant awarded: $360,000 (2013)

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an affiliate of the University of London, received support to host the research seminar, Art and Archaeology of the Crusades in the Eastern Mediterranean. While older histories characterize the Crusader States as a strict boundary between Christianity and Islam, this seminar took a fresh look at the visual legacy that resulted from the complex intersection of Judaism, Islam, and different Christian sects in the region. The project brought together senior and younger scholars from the disciplines of art history and archaeology for four workshops in historically significant cities: Istanbul, Acre, Amman, and Athens. Field work included visits to museum collections and historic sites. In 2016 SOAS received a grant for a joint convening of the original seminar and the Courtauld Institute's Christianities, Islams, and Their Intersections in the Medieval Caucasus.
Grants Awarded: $335,000 (2014), $115,000 (2016)

University of California, Berkeley
The Many Lives of Ancient Monuments is a research seminar that examines the long and multifaceted histories of ancient cities of Turkey. The seminar brings together younger art historians and archaeologists from the Greater Mediterranean with a group of distinguished scholars to renegotiate art history's relationship to "periodization," or the tendency to isolate objects and sites of study as exemplary of just one period. Based at the newly-inscribed UNESCO world heritage site Aphrodisias, the project includes visits to several other archaeological sites throughout Turkey and will lead to a new interpretation of the study of ancient art in the Greater Mediterranean.
Grant Awarded: $60,000 (2017)

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Jawaharlal Nehru University
One of India's leading post-graduate universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi conducted a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program in the School of Art and Aesthetics to expand its range of art history graduate courses. Established in 1969, the School has become the country's premier center for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. Headed by JNU Professor Kavita Singh, the three-year program brought distinguished scholars to the university each year to teach courses in diverse areas such as gender and identity in Roman art, contemporary art theory, and the history of art in Jerusalem.
Grants awarded: $145,000 (2010) and $145,000 (2009)

Max Weber Stiftung—Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland / Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte
In 2017, a group of young Chinese scholars of European art convened at the German Research Center for Art History in Paris (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte) for a three-week seminar devoted to the French avant-garde. Direct study of artworks in the Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l'Orangerie, Petit Palais, Centre Georges Pompidou, and Musée Gustave Moreau complemented lectures given by distinguished scholars of modernism. Paris itself was also a focus of study, especially the Montmartre and Montparnasse neighborhoods and the site of the 1889 and 1900s world's fairs, where the integration of art and architecture characteristic of modernism remains evident. A second site-based seminar in 2019 is addressing issues of art and the French State from the ancien régime through the mid-twentieth century. Seeking to expand the nascent network established by the first seminar, this program will bring up to 18 early-career Chinese scholars to Paris for three weeks to study French state patronage of art and architecture.
Grants awarded: $135,000 (2016) and $165,000 (2017)

Two grants to Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, more commonly known as Heidelberg University, supported research seminars on modern Chinese art. The first suite of seminars focused on the Republican era (1912-1949), when art-making practices shifted away from Western models of modernism towards indigenous Chinese themes and pictorial styles. A second suite of seminars addressed Chinese artists' encounters with European modernism starting in the late Qing period, from roughly 1890 until 1939. A third grant is supporting a series of dissertation workshops, to be held over the course of two years, for advanced graduate students of Chinese and Japanese art history. The workshops will connect doctoral candidates from China and Japan with one another and with outstanding international faculty, in order to bring together two fields with interwoven histories and overlapping historiographies.
Grants awarded: $245,000 (2013), $225,000 (2016), and $293,000 (2019)

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University, in collaboration with Peking University, received Getty support to organize and implement an international seminar on the subject of "Chinoiserie" and artistic encounters between China and the West during the Qing dynasty. The meeting was held in October 2012 in Beijing and brought together emerging scholars with senior specialists.
Grants awarded: $64,500 (2012) and $23,000 (2011)

University of Chicago
The University of Chicago is organizing a traveling seminar and four dissertation workshops over the course of two years for advanced graduate students from East Asia and the West in the field of Chinese art history. The traveling seminar to China focuses on Buddhist art in relation to the Silk Road and provides students with a practical introduction to object-based research, on-site analysis of works of art, and collaborative study with international colleagues. The workshops—two in Chicago and two in Beijing—enable students to explore historical and methodological connections and to foster cross-period and cross-medium interests that are often limited by the set periodization shaped by Western art historiography. Combined, these scholarly programs are intended to nurture a new generation of historians of Chinese art who have the ability to cross continental, cultural, and academic boundaries.
Grant awarded: $368,000 (2018)

University of Sydney
In 2012, the Power Institute based at the University of Sydney, received a planning grant to organize a series of regional meetings in collaboration with colleagues in Southeast Asia to assess the current state of art history in the region. A key priority that emerged from these meetings was the need for additional training opportunities in art historical research methods and analysis for modern art, a field that historically has offered the most opportunities for professional support and advancement in the region. In 2014, the Power Institute received a second grant to support a series of seminars led by senior specialists that offered research training for emerging scholars from across Southeast Asia. Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore and Institute of Technology, Bandung, the project brought together scholars and curators to rethink histories of art in the region. Building on the success of these programs, the University of Sydney is now organizing Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a series of site-based seminars that engage with colonial and post-independence visual culture in key cities across Southeast Asia.
Grant awarded: 94,000 AUD (2012), $246,000 (2014), and $240,000 (2017)

University of Toronto
The University of Toronto (UT) and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art (GAFA), a leading art history department in China, organized a series of faculty and student exchanges focused on the study of medieval and early modern art. Faculty from UT and GAFA participated in teaching exchanges, and students from both institutions were selected through a competitive application process to engage in field study in Dunhuang and Sicily. The two-year curricular program exposed Chinese students to Western art and art-historical methodologies and deepened North American students' understanding of Chinese art and art-historical approaches.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2014)

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Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland is hosting Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States, a traveling research seminar for advanced graduate students from universities throughout East-Central Europe. The seminar examines how regional artists negotiated significant issues in their work following World War II until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Discussion topics include gender relations in education and the workplace; ideas of home and family; and state control of private spaces and intimacy. Research meetings are held at Adam Mickiewicz University, the Croatian Institute of Art History in Zagreb, Croatia, and the West University of Timişoara, Romania. Participants are visiting local collections, archives, studios, galleries, and museums and taking part in discussion-based seminars.
Grant awarded: $190,000 (2019)

New Europe Foundation
A grant to New Europe Foundation is supporting a series of research seminars on art historiography at New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, art historians in East-Central Europe have been reexamining the discipline, concerned that conventional categories of artistic style or period fail to accommodate fully the region's diverse artistic heritage. Such designations as "Renaissance," "Baroque," "modern," and "avant-garde" imply tidy stylistic periods and a predictable succession of artistic forms. A reexamination of the cultural assumptions that lie behind these categories has led scholars from the region to develop new methodologies, especially in relation to the study of modern and contemporary art. Today, these concerns have become of general interest to art historians working in the region. The Getty grant will bring together generations of scholars from the region to discuss and debate the efficacy of periodization, to share current works-in-progress on related topics, and to explore opportunities for collaborative research that crosses national borders and engages new methodologies.
Grant awarded: $231,000 (2018)

University College London
Led by experts on modern art in East-Central Europe, this project investigates the entangled histories of East European art through a series of symposia held within and beyond the region. The sessions will present contrasting aesthetic and critical positions related to East European art from the 1950s–1980s for discussion, in order to develop more rigorous and integrated accounts of art history in this territory. The majority of participating researchers come from former socialist countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Baltic countries, allowing for local scholarly exchange and the development of new professional networks in the region.
Grant awarded: $180,000 (2019)

Top Image: Participants in the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro's faculty exchange program visit TAREA (Taller argentino de restauro en arte) at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural of the Universidad San Martín in Argentina, 2012.
Second Image: Research team led by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence visits the Shah-i-Zinda complex in Samarqand. ©2012 Mirela Ljevakovic.
Third Image: The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour on Horseback (detail), Giuseppe Castiglione, 1758. Ink and color on silk, 127 x 91.3 inches. The Palace Museum.
Bottom Image: A 2017-18 seminar hosted at New Europe College. © New Europe College

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