Inaugural Getty Rothschild Fellowship Goes to David Saunders

Posted in fellowships by Editor on July 21, 2016

Press release (11 July 2016) from The Getty:

davidsaundersThe Getty and the Rothschild Foundation today announced the creation of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship, which will support innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting, and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions. The fellowship offers art historians, museum professionals, or conservators the opportunity to research and study at both the Getty in Los Angeles and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England. The inaugural fellow is Dr. David Saunders, a foremost expert in the area of conservation science who will work on museum and gallery lighting during the fellowship.

“The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation hold similar values regarding the understanding and conservation of visual art around the world, and it is only appropriate that we would work together to support individuals who demonstrate these values through their research,” says Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “We are pleased to award the inaugural Getty Rothschild Fellowship to Dr. Saunders, whose work in museum lighting has been of long-standing interest to the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum.”

Dr. Saunders is a former principal scientist at The National Gallery and keeper of conservation, documentation, and research at the British Museum. Now an independent researcher, Saunders is writing what will be a seminal book about museum and gallery lighting. Waddesdon is an ideal place to advance his research, as it will serve as a case study for the upcoming publication.  The Flint House, the RIBA award-winning Rothschild Foundation property, will provide an exceptional environment in which the fellow will stay while working at Waddesdon.

“The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor are delighted to be collaborating with the Getty on this Fellowship, which will nurture high-level scholarship on subjects which are close to the hearts of both institutions, whether in the fields of art and art history, collecting, conservation or the application of new technologies to the museum and heritage worlds. I am particularly pleased that our first Fellow will be David Saunders, whose work is of the greatest possible relevance to Waddesdon, as a historic house seeking to present itself in innovative ways,” says Lord Rothschild, OM GBE.

The selection process for the Getty Rothschild fellowship includes a number of criteria, including whether the applicant’s work would benefit from proximity to the Getty and Rothschild collections. Fellowships will be for up to eight months, with the time split equally between the Getty and Waddesdon Manor. Dr. Saunders will be at the Getty from January to March 2017 and at Waddesdon Manor from April to June 2017. Fellows will also receive a stipend during their time at both locations. The fellowship is administered by the Getty Foundation.

In 2014, Lord Jacob Rothschild received the Getty Medal for his contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.


AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators

Posted in opportunities by Editor on July 21, 2016

From The Association of Art Museum Curators:

AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators
Applications due by 15 October 2016

Applications are now open for the inaugural term of the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The two-year Program will accept three non-US based curators and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500–1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. Applications are now open for International Awardees and US Liaisons, and are due by October 15, 2016.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, the Program aims to not only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange within our field, but also to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and give primacy to the curatorial voice in the international dialogue between museum professionals. The Program will be an active part of building international partnerships, leading cross-border conversations, and spearheading international representation within AAMC’s membership & AAMC Foundation’s efforts.

The first year of the Program pairs an International Awardee with a US Liaison for a direct partnership, during which time the pair will conduct ongoing discussions on the area sought by the International Awardee. The Liaison will offer insight into the International Awardee’s desired focus of advancement, which could include leadership, research, creating cross-border exhibitions, loan development, understanding US fundraising models, marketing initiatives, navigating galleries in the US, and so on. The International Awardee will also be part of AAMC’s Curator’s Circle donor group, allowing for interaction with leaders at this level and bringing their voice and experience to our supporters.

The second year of the Program provides the International Awardee with a travel stipend and complimentary registration for AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Annual Conference & Meeting. Gathering together on average 350 curators from around the country, AAMC’s largest annual event provides attendees with a unique opportunity to network across borders, fields and institution type, while attending panels and sessions on leading issues facing the profession. Year two also includes placement on an AAMC Committee to add another international voice within our leadership base, and to assist in advancing AAMC’s initiatives. The Program will conclude with an International Awardee-led webinar presented to the full AAMC membership on a topic relevant to the Program or a current project of the individual International Awardee.

Follow-up beyond the two years would continue with access to the virtual chat space for current, past and incoming classes, an alumni reception every other year and review of initial Program goals.

Visit the program page to learn more about the program’s components, and to download US Liaison and International Awardee application forms.