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:


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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
LACMA is the largest encyclopedic museum in the western United States, and its prints and drawings collection of approximately 30,000 works from Western Europe and America ranges from the 15th century to the present day, with a special emphasis on Southern California artworks since 1960. With Getty support, LACMA is leading a traveling seminar focused on the graphic arts collections and printmaking studios of Los Angeles. Although the city is home to a notable breadth of prints and drawings collections, few curators have first-hand experience of L.A.'s graphic arts holdings or its vibrant printmaking culture. Over the course of five days, participating curators will gain a deeper understanding of the city's prints and drawings collections and learn about printmaking processes and materials by visiting local museums, print shops, and publishers.
Grant awarded: $97,000 (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)

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 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)

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)

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 an exhibition and accompanying catalogue of recent drawings acquisitions in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Department of Prints and Drawings. The project, led by Senior Curator Sonia Del Re, will provide the opportunity to exhibit and publish 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)

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)

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, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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