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:


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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) consists of twelve museums, including the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, or Museum of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, the oldest museum of graphic arts in the German-speaking world. Located in the Royal Palace in the city center, the Kupferstich-Kabinett occupies restored spaces that feature exhibition galleries, a study room, storage facilities, and a paper conservation center. The Paper Project grant is supporting a multi-part traveling seminar organized by the SKD and focused on 16th-century Italian drawings that will help to develop the connoisseurship skills of the participating curators. In addition to Dresden, participants will visit the most important prints and drawings collections in northeast Germany, Central Europe, and Switzerland.
Grant awarded: €172,000 (2018)

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)

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)

For more information about The Paper Project or to submit inquiries for support, visit the initiative overview.

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