Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been created under the Getty's African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), an ambitious program that aims to address an incomplete version of American art history by increasing the Research Institute's African American—related collections, research, exhibitions, projects, publications, events, and partnerships with local and national institutions. The fellowships will provide financial support and housing to scholars undertaking research projects that speak to the goals of the initiative. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI fellows will have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers.

Our special collections include archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II, modern, and contemporary—and we are acquiring and processing major collections or collaborating on acquisitions from a range of artists and institutions. We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would benefit from our resources, which might include special collections, the Getty Library, or the scholar year cohort, and from alignment with AAAHI's aims and goals.

Getty Scholars for the AAAHI


Cherise Smith is Chair of the African & African Diaspora Studies department and Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies and Art History at the University of Texas, Austin. She specializes in American art after 1945, especially as it intersects with the politics of identity, race, and gender within the histories of photography, performance, and contemporary art.
Healing Old Wounds: Affect, Appropriation, and Trauma in Contemporary African American Art
(September–June)

Tobias Wofford is Assistant Professor of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. His research focuses on the crossroads of globalization and identity in the art of the African Diaspora and on concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in American art.
Black California: African American Contributions to the Visual Culture of the American West Before 1950
(September–June)