Getty Foundation: Grants for Fine Arts

OVERVIEW: The Getty Foundation has an ever-changing list of grant initiatives for individuals and institutions. These initiatives variously are meant to support increasing access to museum collections, strengthening the discipline of art history, advancing the practice of art conservation, and supporting "current and future leaders in the visual arts." 

IP TAKE: Getty has a continuing rotation of grant programs and initiatives. In order to stay on top of them, grant seekers should sign up for the Getty Foundation newsletter.

PROFILE: Created in 1984, The Getty Foundation is one of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s constituent programs. The foundation supports “individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world.” Its funding priorities are constantly in flux. Some are core to the foundation’s priorities and are maintained longer than others. The current layout of grant initiatives are as follows:

Connecting Art Histories - This program seeks to "strengthen art history as a global discipline by fostering new intellectual exchanges among scholars in targeted regions whose economic or political realities have previously prevented collaboration." Grants support visiting professorships in selected art history departments and research centers. They also support "intensive research seminars." Past grants in this area include $160,000 to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA, and $224,000 to the University of Texas at Austin for a series of research seminars on Latin American and Latino art. (Many grants in this area were given to University programs.)

Digital Art History - This program provides grants that allow art historians to "explore the opportunities and challenges" presented by digital technologies. Grants fund training to "prepare art historians to work with new technologies, and to plan for innovative research and publication projects that will establish new models for the field." Duke University received a $50,000 grant in 2015 to support "a ten-day intensive summer institute, Visualizing Venice, that focuses on the history of the Venice Biennale."

Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative - This program seeks to help museums make scholarly information about their permanent collections available through web–based, digital formats. Some of the grants in this area include a total of $370,000 for planning and implementation support to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and over $480,000 in total to the Seattle Art Museum.

Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A. - This program seeks to bring together a collaboration of art institutions across Southern California to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945—1980. Past grants can be found here.

Panel Paintings Initiative - This initiative funds a "range of coordinated efforts to create new avenues for training emerging and mid–career professionals, to notch up advanced practitioners, and to increase knowledge on panel preservation."

MOSAIKON - This is a joint initiative to help in the preservation of mosaics in the Mediterranean basin. A complete overview can be found here.

In general grants made as part of these initiatives are by invitation only. However, the Getty Foundation also provides various graduate and multicultural undergrad internships, as well as various professional development grants. It also supports residential fellowships for art historians at the Getty Research Institute and conservators at the Getty Conservation Institute. Grant seekers can see some past Getty initiatives here and see a list of past grants awarded by year here.

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