The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century is an initiative begun in 2018 to strengthen curatorial practice in the graphic arts field internationally. Below is a list of grants awarded:



2021 Grants

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology has been publishing its collections online since 2017, but this digital platform is not geared for browsing by a casual researcher, nor does it allow for interactive exploration. A digital project will allow the Ashmolean to develop more innovative ways to tell multimedia stories for wider audiences. The project will investigate almost 200 of the museum's early modern German drawings, all of which will be shared in the Collections Online. The main digital output will be a new microsite that focuses on a smaller selection of artworks that highlight the role of drawing in the design process. Examples range from Hans Holbein the Younger's design for the (now lost) Jane Seymour gold cup to a design for a silver table fountain by Albrecht Dürer. Project curator Mailena Mallach will hold virtual interdisciplinary workshops about the objects under study, and the digital platform will be accompanied by online and in person outreach to ensure that audiences at Oxford and internationally are introduced to the website and the new research on the museum's early modern German drawings.
Digital project support: £68,000

The British Library
For two projects

The British Library is home to an extensive collection of prints and drawings, yet no index or catalogue of these objects currently exists. Consequently, much of this visual material remains invisible and unknown, even to Library staff. Valuable and diverse holdings are usually unlisted and undescribed, leaving researchers and members of the public generally unaware that these artworks exist. Prints and Drawings at the British Library: A Handbook will be a ground-breaking point of entry to the extensive and historically significant collections of prints and drawings at the British Library. The Handbook will offer scholars the first full survey of the range, complexity, and riches of the artworks found in the British Library's printed books, manuscripts, maps, and music collections. In addition to a print edition, lead curator Felicity Myrone will also oversee the development of a free e-book of the collections to ensure wide access and use.
Publication support: £61,000

A major new exhibition, opening in 2023, and the accompanying publication will present stories exploring the ways cultures around the world have written about, visualized, and recorded living creatures from the 2nd century through the present. The project will draw from the British Library's international collection of prints and drawings and compare them side by side with examples of manuscripts, paintings, and extensive sound recordings. Working across diverse media, co-curators Cam Sharp Jones and Malini Roy alongside Cheryl Tipp (Curator of Wildlife & Environmental Sounds) will showcase the importance of global intellectual knowledge in our understanding of the animal world.
Exhibition and publication support: £45,000

The Chrysler Museum
Not long after Nigeria's independence from British rule in the 1960s, African American artist Jacob Lawrence traveled to the country and became part of an international network of artistic innovation that emerged from the socio-political upheaval across West Africa. Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence & the Mbari Club will be the first museum exhibition of Lawrence's Nigeria series, based on his time there and his interactions with the prominent artists, dramatists, and writers of the Mbari Club. Chrysler curator Kimberli Gant will complete new research on modernist art practices worldwide during the post-colonial era and place Lawrence's work in conversation with that of other African and international artists featured in Black Orpheus, the Mbari Club's arts journal that promoted modern African literature and art to a global audience.
Exhibition support: $100,000

City Palace Museum, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation
Mapmaking has been a part of the visual repertoire of Udaipur since the 1700s, as court artists of the Mewar dynasty regularly depicted real-world buildings and terrain. With the advent of colonial cartography under the British, these methods underwent radical change and new technologies were introduced. Showcasing works from the City Palace Museum's never-before-exhibited collection of 2,000 maps, architectural drawings, and landscape views, an exhibition and catalogue will examine artistic representations of the "City of Lakes" alongside topographical maps and plans. Together, these media provide an opportunity for guest curator Shailka Mishra to study and present shifts in the visualization of architecture and landscape over more than two centuries, tracing how Udaipur artists responded to transformations in cartographic practice.
Exhibition and publication support: ₹7,000,000

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Johannes Stradanus (1523-1605) was a principal artist at the Medici Court in Florence and famed throughout Europe. He designed sophisticated prints that circulated widely and represent a critical chapter in the history of how images have been used to share ideas and information. Cooper Hewitt holds over 150 double-sided and copiously annotated drawings by Stradanus that chronicle mythology, history, politics, and scientific and technological innovations. While the drawings constitute an essential resource for scholars of Renaissance art and culture, they have only rarely been exhibited to the public due to their small size and fragility. Curator Julia Siemon will lead the production of a digital project centered on the Stradanus sketchbooks, presenting a holistic study of this major body of European Renaissance drawings to a large, public audience for the first time.
Digital project support: $100,000

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The digital catalogue and database Census of Italian Single-Leaf Woodcuts Before 1550, hosted by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and launched in 2018, has quickly become an indispensable tool in the study of Renaissance prints and their circulation. The curatorial team that worked together over the past four years to prepare the Census is now collaborating on an exhibition and catalogue featuring important discoveries and highlights from their research. Co-curators Laura Aldovini, Ludovia Piazzi, and Silvia Urbini will take viewers through the history of the medium, starting with the first known examples in the late 14th century to the single-leaf woodcut's full maturity in the mid-16th century. The common denominator of these works is their rarity; in many cases very few impressions have survived, and often only a single impression. A selection of approximately 100 woodcuts will range from prints as works of art to functional objects from daily life and cast new light on the diversity of makers and subjects these images represent.
Exhibition and publication support: €81,500

International Print Center New York
Margaret Lowengrund, a visionary printmaker, critic, and organizer within the mid-20th century printmaking community, was the first woman to open her own printmaking workshop in the United States. Although her impact on the field of printmaking is significant and the legacy of her workshop, The Contemporaries, endures to this day, her contributions are largely under-studied and under-recognized. Independent curators Christina Weyl and Lauren Rosenblum are organizing the exhibition and accompanying publication, A Model Workshop: Margaret Lowengrund and The Contemporaries, at the IPCNY. Their project will expand the scholarship around Lowengrund and recover her as a pioneering figure who laid the groundwork for other important woman-led printmaking studios in the decades to follow, including Universal Limited Art Editions (U.L.A.E.), Tamarind Institute, and Crown Point Press.
Exhibition and publication support: $100,000

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
A leader of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s, Betye Saar is best known for making multimedia works that use found objects and pop culture imagery to challenge the persistent racism and sexism of American culture. Betye Saar: Travel, Respond, Assemble presented at the Gardner will be the first exhibition to reveal the impact of the artist's global travels on her creative process. An avid traveler, Saar created dozens of annotated sketchbooks that have never been shown publicly and include richly textured collages, vivid watercolors, sketches, and notes made on her treks. Curator Diana Greenwald will lead the project, presenting new research on private sketchbooks as a practice of artistic resistance and reflections on the difference of experience between those who journey by choice and those forced to travel against their will, such as enslaved peoples, colonized peoples, and political refugees.
Exhibition and publication support: $25,000

Kunstmuseum Basel
Etching uses acid to fix an image into a metal plate that is then used to generate multiple prints. The Kupferstichkabinett or print department of the Kunstmuseum Basel will present the labor-intensive and experimental processes that bring etchings into being through an interactive gallery experience: The Acid Lab. Focusing on 10 to 20 etchings from the museum's collection, The Acid Lab will help visitors explore these objects in depth using immersive, magnified images and a tactile interface that recreates the experience of making an etching, step by step, and illuminates the history of different printmaking techniques. Curator Marion Heisterberg intends the project to serve as a model of how to make historical collections of works on paper engaging and relevant for a broad 21st-century audience.
Digital project support: CHF 89,500

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Pressing Politics focuses on two important moments for the development of 20th-century political printmaking: German Expressionist prints created in the aftermath of World War I and graphic art produced by the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico City during its heyday in the 1940s. The exhibition will juxtapose these two bodies of work from Europe and the Americas, examining the conditions that gave rise to potent political imagery seen in posters, magazines, single-sheet prints, and print portfolios. Drawing from LACMA's permanent collection and the collaborative work of the Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and the Latin American Art department, curators Erin Sullivan Maynes and Rachel Kaplan will collaborate across departments and compare works through the themes of labor, politics, war, and revolution. The project will also provide the opportunity to identify conservation needs of these fragile and important works on paper and add Taller de Gráfica Popular artworks to LACMA's online collections.
Exhibition support: $50,000

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
Between 1960 and 1980, an intense print culture emerged from the studios of architects who used graphic media to distribute their visions globally. The exhibition Print-Ready Drawings will feature the material preparations behind these printed images—collaged mechanical documents. Eluding stable categorization as drawing and not yet print, the mechanical document is often overlooked despite its ubiquity in postwar architectural practice. Mechanical collages and drawings reveal spaces of communication between architects, consultants, technicians, and material manufacturers and open up an unexamined but significant part of the creative process. In addition to bringing attention to a class of objects that have not yet received sustained curatorial attention, the project also includes workshops that will connect curators of architecture with curators of graphics arts to share knowledge around the stewardship, study, and display of prints and drawings by architects. The project is led by independent curator Sarah Hearne.
Exhibition support: $75,000

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Near the turn of the 20th century, pioneering printer and founding curator of the MFA Boston's print and drawing collection Sylvester Rosa Koehler organized an exhibition that featured practically all known printing techniques up to that time. The tour-de-force exhibition included more than one thousand items, the majority of which are still in MFA's care but remain uncatalogued, unphotographed, and even unstudied since Koehler's death. Curator Meghan Melvin will lead a cross-departmental team in the examination, cataloguing, and digitization of as many of the works from the 1892 exhibition as can be identified, along with supporting material from Koehler's larger technical collections. The resulting "Digital Koehler" archive will be a major resource for research, scholarship, and education in the field of print history.
Digital project support: $100,000

Museum Plantin-Moretus
(Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Culturele Instellingen Antwerpen/Erfgoed)

The Print Room of Museum Plantin-Moretus is home to a world-class collection of Netherlandish and Flemish Old Master drawings, including works by Frans Floris, Pieter Bruegel, Anthony Van Dyck, and Jacques Jordeans, as well as a sketchbook by a 12-year-old Pieter Paul Rubens and the 10-meter-long Zelandia by Antoon van Wijngaerde. With the aim of bringing to light many of these unique works, the proposed exhibition, The Most Beautiful Scribbles in the Time of Bruegel and Rubens, will showcase 80 drawings from public and private collections in Belgium that are rarely on display. Together, these works provide an opportunity to examine drawing materials, techniques, and practices in the Southern Low Countries in the 16th and 17th centuries. The accompanying scholarly catalogue, overseen by curator Virginie D'haene and available in English and Dutch, will offer insights and possible new attributions for Old Master drawings in the collections of the Museum Plantin-Moretus and provide a representative overview of the art of drawing in early modern Flanders.
Exhibition and publication support: €81,000

National Gallery of Slovenia
Hinko Smrekar, a Slovenian illustrator and satirist, was active between 1904 and 1942 as a regional leader in the art of caricature. He suffered political reprisals and imprisonment for his biting political commentary, eventually leading to a breakdown of his mental health. In 1942, when Ljubljana was occupied by Mussolini's Italy, Smrekar was arrested for possession of a Resistance newspaper and executed the next day without trial. Despite his artistic innovations, Smrekar's work has never been fully collected and properly researched. This project will give lead curator Alenka Simončič the opportunity to bring more than eight years of in-depth research on the artist to fruition. A digital microsite and publication of the English-language catalogue raisonné alongside the Slovenian original will greatly expand access to Smrekar's oeuvre and awareness of his contributions to a global corpus of political artwork from the early 20th century.
Digital project and publication support: €31,000

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Cut-paper silhouettes were the predominant form of affordable and accessible portraiture in the United States in the pre-photographic era, and artist William Bache (1771-1845) was one of the art form's leading practitioners. Among the treasures in the National Portrait Gallery's collection is an album of 1,846 silhouette portraits by Bache, whose patrons ranged from recognizable political and social elite to marginalized, unidentified individuals rarely encountered in Federal-era portraiture. Yet study of the album is constrained, both by the fragility of its paper and the presence of arsenic in its pages. A team led by curator Robyn Asleson will research, catalogue, and digitize the full album, unlocking this important record of an early American art form for renewed public engagement and study. Alongside the album the microsite will feature historical documents related to Bache's practice and clientele as well as genealogy, demographics, and fashion.
Digital project and publication support: $96,000

National Portrait Gallery, London
In 2015 the Lucian Freud Archive was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in London, making it the largest repository of the artist's drawings in public hands. The collection spans Freud's lifetime and ranges from preparatory sketches for major paintings, etchings, and designs for book covers to childhood drawings and correspondence. The breadth of materials is equally diverse, with drawings in black conté, pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, and ink that offer an in-depth exploration of a single artist's practice on paper. Support is provided for the conservation and display of works on paper from the Lucian Freud Archive when the Gallery re-opens in 2023, following a major redevelopment. Project curator: Tanya Bentley.
Project support: €61,000

Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum
Organized by curator Allison Goudie, A Sea of Drawings: Unlocking the Van de Velde Studio at the Queen's House, Greenwich will activate one of the largest single collections of drawings from a 17th-century artists' studio. Using 21st-century public engagement techniques, the online resource will reveal and explore the central role of drawings in the successful studio business of father-son artist duo Willem van de Velde the Elder and the Younger. The Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) is home to some 1,400 drawings of the Van de Veldes and their preserved royal studio. Incorporating interactive digital tools, informative videos, and newly published conservation and technical research, the project will be adapted to in-gallery digital displays that revitalize the studio space in time for its 350th anniversary.
Digital project support: €48,000

Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library
The Denig Illuminated Manuscript, named after Pennsylvania German folk artist Ludwig Denig (1755-1830), combines intricate ink and watercolor drawings, personal and devotional texts, and sheet music hymns to form a compelling record of early American art and religious life. Unfortunately, the manuscript is now too brittle and fragile for display in Winterthur's galleries. The Getty grant allows curator Stéphanie Delamaire to develop a digital edition of the manuscript that incorporates scientific studies, conservation research, and multimedia components such as musical recordings of the manuscript's illustrated songs, bringing rare early American drawings to life for a wider public.
Digital project and publication support: $95,000

2018-2020 Grants

Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin holds one of the most comprehensive art collections in Central Texas, including more than 14,000 prints and 1,800 drawings dating from the Renaissance to the present day. A Getty grant is supporting the exhibition and catalogue, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso. Featuring a selection of 150 prints from Steinberg's print collection, the exhibition analyzes the art historian's writings through the lens of his collecting, using his own words as label texts. Curated by Dr. Holly Borham, the 2021 exhibition will present visitors with a history of printmaking and its techniques and show how the medium shaped Steinberg's approach to art history.
Grant awarded: $100,000 (2020)

Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States, with particular strength in its collection of 19th-century French drawings. A Getty grant is supporting an exhibition and catalogue of these works, a project led by Dr. Britany Salsbury (Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings). The exhibition will present approximately 60 drawings from the CMA's collection, and the accompanying catalogue will situate these artworks within the broader history of drawing in 19th-century France, documenting their provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. Approximately three-quarters of the featured drawings have not appeared in previous CMA catalogues and will be published here for the first time. As part of the exhibition research process, the CMA will host a study day inviting experts in the field to examine more closely the history, materials, and function of the drawings to be exhibited and published. The exhibition will be presented in Cleveland in 2022.
Grant awarded: $100,000 (2019)

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
The University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is the second-largest general fine arts museum in the state, holding more than 10,000 artworks from the 4th century BCE to the present. A Getty grant is supporting an exhibition at KAM and accompanying catalogue on political prints in the Dutch Golden Age. The project, "Fake News and Lying Pictures," brings together art history with social and political history to reveal the past roots of prevalent tactics in contemporary visual culture, such as trolling, spreading false information, ridiculing public figures, and promoting unrest. The prints in the exhibition will range from monumental engravings by celebrated artists to popular broadsides, revealing how people across classes and throughout Europe participated in robust and sometimes violent debates via print media. The exhibition is being organized by Dr. Maureen Warren, curator of European and American Art, who will also be lead author and editor of the accompanying catalogue.
Grant awarded: $100,000 (2019)

Musée Condé, Domaine de Chantilly
The Musée Condé, part of the Domaine de Chantilly, is home to collections from the 14th to 19th centuries, including approximately 7,000 Old Master paintings, drawings, and prints. A Paper Project grant is supporting the exhibition and catalogue Albrecht Dürer: Prints and the Renaissance. The exhibition will be co-organized by Dr. Mathieu Deldicque of the Musée Condé and Dr. Caroline Vrand of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Encompassing all of Dürer's major print series and his important drawings from the Musée Condé's collection, the exhibition will be the first in France dedicated to the German artist since 1995.
Grant awarded: €90,000 (2020)

National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada was founded in 1880, and its Prints and Drawings department holds the premier collection of graphic arts in Canada, containing over 27,000 works on paper by Canadian, American, European, and Asian artists. A Getty grant is supporting a catalogue and accompanying online content in celebration of the recent 100th anniversary of the Department of Prints and Drawings. The project, led by Senior Curator Sonia Del Re, will provide the opportunity to publish and virtually display a selection of drawings acquired over the last fifteen years, together with highlights from the department's 100-year history.
Grant awarded: $130,000 CAD (2020)

RISD Museum
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present, including a notable collection of more than 25,000 works from the 15th century to the modern day. The Paper Project grant will support an exhibition and digital catalogue of old master European drawings from RISD's collection. The project, led by Dr. Jamie Gabbarelli, RISD's assistant curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, promises to elevate awareness of RISD's high-caliber collection among both scholars and the general public. Gabbarelli also aims to generate new approaches to the display and presentation of drawings, helping visitors to understand the historical materials and techniques used.
Grant awarded: $100,000 (2018)

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's largest museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects spanning a period of five millennia. It's holdings of continental European drawings are among the most comprehensive in the United Kingdom. The Paper Project grant supports the preparation of a catalogue to accompany the exhibition French Master Drawings in the V&A. The exhibition will be organized by Dr. Ana Debenedetti (Curator of Paintings and Drawings), who will also be the lead author for the catalogue, together with V&A's Senior Paper Conservator, Dr. Victoria Button. The catalogue will provide a broad contextualization of the French drawings, situating them within contemporary European practices and offering new interpretations of their materiality and functionality.
Grant awarded: £40,000 (2018)

Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum, founded in 1973, houses the largest collection in the world of works by Vincent van Gogh, as well as paintings, prints, and drawings by related artists from 1840–1920. The museum's fin-de-siècle works on paper collection consists of over 2,000 French prints, posters, and artist's books. Among these is an important collection of Nabis prints, notably four series of lithographs produced by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Ker-Xavier Roussel, and Edouard Vuillard, and published by renowned dealer Ambroise Vollard. A Getty grant is supporting a catalogue that will bring the final prints together with related preparatory sketches, drawings, and trial-proofs into a single publication on the artistic processes of the Nabi and their collaborations with printers and publishers. The project will be headed by Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho, Curator of Prints and Drawings. It will also include a digital component hosted by the Van Gogh Museum.
Grant awarded: €100,000 (2019)


Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is Britain's first public museum and the world's first university museum. The Ashmolean's extraordinary collection contains around 25,000 drawings and over 250,000 prints by artists from the 15th century to the present day. The Italian drawings collection is of particular significance as one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. The grant will support curatorial training in preparation for a scholarly collection catalogue of the museum's collection of Italian drawings, including research travel and consultation with other experts regionally and internationally.
Grant awarded: £230,000 (2018)

Beaux-Arts de Paris
The Beaux-Arts de Paris (also known as École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) houses an internationally renowned art collection, which contains 25,000 French, Italian, and Northern master drawings by artists such as Michelangelo, Poussin, Rembrandt, Ingres, and Boucher. The Paper Project grant is supporting a two-year curatorial fellowship in the school's Cabinet des dessins (drawings cabinet). Serving as an ideal training opportunity for an emerging scholar, the fellowship offers exposure to a wide range of curatorial skills in a collaborative environment that includes close mentorship. In addition to participating in all departmental activities, the fellow will travel to international art fairs and other graphic arts collections, and assist in research, planning, cataloguing, and exhibition design for three exhibitions per year. The fellow will curate his or her own exhibition as a culmination of the fellowship.
Grant awarded: €117,000 (2019)

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) in Paris is the national library of France and has a collection of nearly 15 million prints, drawings, and photographs. In 2021, the BnF will make its collections more accessible to the public by reopening several of its historical buildings and presenting thematic displays of its vast collections. During this critical juncture, a Getty grant is supporting a two-year curatorial fellowship in the Department of Prints and Photographs. The fellow will gain broad-based curatorial training in cataloging, collection management, research, exhibitions, acquisitions, monitoring of conservation processes, and interacting with the public and researchers. The fellow will also develop a rotation drawn from more than 1,000 prints and drawings of the Fontainebleau school in the BnF's collection, and prepare for the opening of the Richelieu Library and Museum, including assisting on a major exhibition about the Renaissance.
Grant awarded: €130,000 (2020)

The British Museum, London
The British Museum has one of the world's greatest collections of works on paper, with around 50,000 drawings and over two million prints that chart the development of Western graphic arts from the early 1400s to the present. The collection includes large holdings of important artists such as Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Goya. As part of The Paper Project, the Museum received a grant to support two curatorial fellowships in its Department of Prints and Drawings. The 18-month fellowships will provide broad-based curatorial training in areas such as cataloguing, collections management, research, exhibitions, acquisitions, and interacting with the public and researchers. Fellows will also have the opportunity to pursue their own focused research projects related to the collection, leading to a public project at the Museum.
Grant awarded: £135,000 (2018)

The Courtauld Gallery, London
Founded in 1932, the Courtauld Institute of Art is an independent college of the University of London with a center for the study of art history and conservation. The Institute also houses an internationally renowned Gallery that includes a preeminent collection of drawings featuring works by such masters as Rembrandt, Guercino, Tiepolo, Turner, and Cézanne. The Paper Project grant will allow the Courtauld Gallery to offer a two-year curatorial fellowship in the Prints and Drawings Department. The fellow will be involved in every aspect of the Department's activities, including exhibition planning and assisting in preparations for the collection's reinstallation following gallery renovations. The fellow will be offered the opportunity to organize a focus exhibition with an accompanying publication, as well as to contribute to the Department's exhibitions, publications, and digital projects.
Grant awarded: £104,000 (2018)

Fin-de-Siècle Museum
The Fin-de-Siècle Museum is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and hosts interdisciplinary exhibitions integrating art, literature, music, and photography from the turn of the 20th century. A Getty grant is supporting a two-year curatorial fellowship focused on the Fin-de-Siècle's modern collection of prints and drawings (1800 to the present). In addition to developing foundational skills in collection research and cataloguing, acquisitions, loans, and exhibition practice, the fellow will help to prepare a scholarly publication on the museum's Belgian works on paper collection from 1870 to 1920. Drawings and prints of this period can be technically complex, so the fellow will benefit from training with paper conservators. In turn, the fellow will help organize a two-day workshop for students and young curatorial professionals in Belgium on the conservation and management of prints and drawings.
Grant awarded: €134,000 (2020)

etching of Rembrandt's mother
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Founded in 1870, the Met is one of the premier encyclopedic museums in the world. The Paper Project grant will support a curatorial fellowship in the Department of Drawings and Prints, which consists of almost 1.5 million works of art ranging from the 15th century to the present. The 16-month fellowship will offer an emerging curator in the field of Northern European prints and drawings the opportunity to work under the mentorship of Met curators and gain broad-based training in such areas as cataloging, collection management, research, exhibitions, and acquisitions. The fellow will also assist curators with the development of an upcoming major international loan exhibition on Renaissance etchings, organized in partnership with the Albertina in Vienna.
Grant awarded: $82,000 (2018)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) is a private, non-profit museum of decorative arts housed in the west wing of the Palais du Louvre. The Paper Project grant will support a curatorial fellowship within MAD's Graphic Arts Department, which holds some 180,000 drawings encompassing both the decorative and fine arts, including works by Parmigianino, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Edgar Degas. The fellow will work closely with the curatorial team and staff across the museum to inventory the collection, research attributions, organize seminars, and host scholars, as well as plan for a major exhibition of highlights from the drawings collection.
Grant awarded: €125,000 (2018)

Drawing of Leda and the Swan
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Founded in the 19th century, Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands and the only Dutch museum that offers a comprehensive overview of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its celebrated works on paper collection includes approximately 17,000 drawings and 65,000 prints. Boijmans's collection of Italian drawings is one of the most comprehensive and art historically important in the world, but it is also understudied and underpublished. The Paper Project grant includes funding for curatorial training in the preparation of a scholarly collection catalogue of the museum's 15th- and 16th-century Italian drawings.
Grant awarded: €280,000 (2018)

The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of only a handful of global institutions that is both an important art museum and a distinguished center for art historical research, critical discussion, and higher education. Its Manton Study Center for Works on Paper holds more than 6,000 prints, drawings, and photographs ranging from the 15th to the early 20th century. With Getty support, The Clark will host a two-year curatorial fellow immersed in the day-to-life of the Manton Center. The fellow will assist with the preparation of a major exhibition of 18th-century French drawings, organized in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The BnF's 18th-century drawings have been little studied, offering a significant training opportunity for the fellow, who will also contribute to the accompanying catalogue and help organize an exhibition-focused Study Day.
Grant awarded: $200,000 (2020)

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) consists of twelve museums, including the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, the oldest museum of graphic arts in the German-speaking world. A grant awarded in 2018 supported two traveling seminars focused on 16th-century Italian drawings. The seminars developed the connoisseurship skills of early- and mid-career curators though visits to the most important holdings of Renaissance and Mannerist Italian drawings in Germany and Hungary. A second grant awarded in 2019 builds on the seminars by supporting curatorial training in the preparation of a catalogue of the Kupferstich-Kabinett's 16th-century Italian drawings. The project will also include an international symposium on scholarly cataloguing of drawings in the digital age.
Grant awarded: €172,000 (2018), €285,000 (2019)

Seated Man Reading, Facing Left
Stichting Het Rijksmuseum, Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of art and history in the Netherlands, housing a permanent collection of 1.1 million objects from the Middle Ages onwards. The Print Room of the Rijksmuseum is composed of nearly 50,000 objects and houses one of the finest collections of Dutch drawings in the world. A Paper Project grant is supporting curatorial training related to the completion of an online scholarly collection catalogue of the museum's 17th-century Dutch drawings. The two-year fellowship position will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn the practice of connoisseurship and research methodologies of drawings scholarship alongside the experience Rijksprentenkabinet team. In addition to research and writing, the fellow will also gain experience in developing rotations, writing label texts, collaborating on large exhibitions, and learning about collection management and acquisitions.
Grant awarded: €154,000 (2018)


Accademia delle Arti del Disegno
The Accademia delle Arti del Disegno was founded in 1563, with renowned early members such as Michelangelo and Bronzino. Today, the Accademia operates as an artists' membership organization, archive, and gallery, and pursues an active research agenda focused on the Florentine Renaissance. The grant to the Accademia is supporting a traveling seminar focused on the history of collecting 15th- to 18th-century Italian drawings. Participants will visit relevant collections in Florence, Milan, and Verona, developing their connoisseurship skills and acquainting themselves with important collectors of Italian drawings throughout history, from Giorgio Vasari to Pierre-Jean Mariette.
Grant awarded: €95,000 (2019)

A group of scholars look at black and white prints
The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College
The curatorial profession in museums lacks racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity, including the field of prints and drawings. To encourage a new and diverse generation of works on paper specialists, the Benton is offering a multi-year workshop series that introduces undergraduate students and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds to prints and drawings curation. For two summers starting in 2022, a dozen participants will come to Pomona College for a week-long course, gaining exposure to traditional skills essential to the study and interpretation of works on paper. The workshops will feature discussions, led by senior curators and museum professionals, on topics such as the material properties of prints and drawings, the histories of printmaking and collecting, and practices of museum-based interpretation related to works on paper. Leading up to the workshop, participants will be able to participate in a pre-workshop orientation with Getty curators and paper conservators in addition to a series of virtual sessions to gain foundational knowledge on the graphic arts.
Grant awarded: $115,000 (2021)

Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums are comprised of three museums and four research centers, with collections that include 60,000 prints and nearly 25,000 drawings dating from late-medieval to the present. The Paper Project grant is supporting a three-day professional workshop that brings 16 junior curators of prints and drawings together with senior curators, conservators, and scholars to foster a deeper understanding of technical approaches to the study of prints and drawings. Hands-on sessions cover a variety of topics, from preservation, acquisition, and interpretation to understanding a work's physical structure, condition, storage, and display needs. Together participants explore the fundamental points of intersection between conservation and curatorial practice in the graphic arts.
Grant awarded: $110,000 (2018)

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
The Morgan Library & Museum is an internationally renowned museum and research center dedicated to fostering public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the art, music, and literature of the Western world. Founded in 1924, the Morgan holds one of the preeminent collections of drawings in the United States, including 25,000 works spanning from the 14th to 21st centuries. The Morgan's commitment to the study of drawings is manifest in its Drawing Institute, founded in 2010 to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the role of drawing in the history of art. The Paper Project grant is supporting a ten-day traveling seminar in and around London in June that will bring early-career professionals together with senior curators to foster connoisseurship and an understanding of the art market for old master and 19th century drawings.
Grant awarded: $105,000 (2018)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Brodsky Center is a collaborative printmaking workshop established in 1986 that joined the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. Since its founding, the Center has published over 300 print editions with a diverse range of emerging and established artists. The Paper Project grant is supporting a week-long traveling seminar organized by the Brodsky Center and focused on contemporary prints. Despite the importance of works on paper in contemporary artistic practice, few curators specializing in the art of our own time have extensive technical training and knowledge of the medium's history and material characteristics. The seminar will address this gap by allowing participants to visit important print collections, artist-run workshops, publishers, and conservation centers in Philadelphia and New York City.
Grant awarded: $134,000 (2019)

Print Quarterly Publications
Founded in 1984, Print Quarterly is the leading international journal dedicated to the art of the print from its origins to the present. The journal's board is comprised of eminent museum curators and university professors with expertise in prints. The Paper Project grant will enable Print Quarterly to organize a series of multi-day seminars in London for curators who work with print collections. Participants will visit important print collections, publishers, dealers, and the London Original Print Fair and receive intensive training in the technical and historical aspects of the print. Seminars will increase participants' awareness of current trends in the field and provide an invaluable opportunity for exchange between emerging and senior curators.
Grant awarded: £141,000 (2019)

University of Cambridge
The Fitzwilliam Museum, part of the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, includes over half a million works of art from antiquity to the present day. The museum's prints and drawings collection is the second largest in the United Kingdom, with particular strength in botanical art. The Paper Project grant will support a professional workshop for curators who oversee collections of botanical works on paper. Entitled Growing Networks, the ten-day workshop will bring participating curators together with botanists, botanical artists, and paper conservators to foster interdisciplinary connections. The program begins with a colloquium, followed by a series of practice-based seminars and visits to botanical art collections in Cambridge, London, and Edinburgh.
Grant awarded: £79,000 (2019)

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Images (Header and Footer): The Print Room depository of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, L-R: Dr. Albert Elen (senior curator), Roselien van Wijngaarden MA (registrar), Jan de Klerk MA (registrar), Mieke Fransen MA (registrar), Photo by Fred Ernst, 2018; View of the Study Room of the Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden, Image © Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Photo by Andreas Diesend