Getty Foundation: Grants for Fine Arts

OVERVIEW: The Getty Foundation has an ever-changing list of grant initiatives for individuals and institutions that are "committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world." 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." 

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PROFILE: The Getty Foundation's set of initiatives is in constant flux. Some are core to their 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 are given to support visiting professorships in selected art history departments and research centers, and to 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 is designed to provide grants that allow art historians to "explore the opportunities and challenges" presented by digital technologies. Grants are given in support of 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 recently 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 aims 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. Recent 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. You can also see some past Getty initiatives here and see a list of past grants awarded by year here.


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