The Association of Print Scholars to Host
a Printmaking Workshop for
Early-Career Curators and Scholars in 2021-2022
NEW YORK, NY — The Association of Print Scholars (APS), an organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of fine art prints, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major grant in the amount of $120,000 from the Getty Foundation to fund a series of two hands-on intensive printmaking workshops for emerging scholars and curators in the field. The grant is funded through The Paper Project, an initiative focused on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings. Grants help prints and drawings curators navigate the demands of the 21st century museum, both by preserving traditional skills that have been passed down through generations of specialists, and by making their collections accessible to today’s museum audiences.
Given the rapidly growing interest in technical methodologies and material analyses, it is increasingly necessary for print curators and scholars to build a more meaningful understanding of the relationship between an artist, printer, and publisher, and the technical process itself, as integral to the work’s larger intended meaning. As a result, APS is organizing two intensive four- and five-day long workshops in 2021 and 2022, respectively, that will invite participants to learn about a specific technical area from talented printmakers, master printers, and curators from around the country.
In an effort to enable greater geographic access to these workshops, and to expose scholars to the artistic communities, museums, institutions, resources and print collections outside of urban centers such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, each workshop will be held in partnership with a distinguished print studio and museum in other important creative and curatorial centers for the medium in the United States.
The first workshop is dedicated to intaglio techniques (etching, engraving, and drypoint) and will be hosted at the esteemed Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 21- 26, 2021. The second workshop, dedicated to lithography and monotype, will be hosted at the renowned Tamarind Institute and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, and 10 Grand Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico in May 2022.
The workshop will be organized and led by APS President, Dr. Alison W. Chang, and Vice President, Dr. Elisa Germán, with support from APS Workshop Coordinators, Sarah Bane and Lauren Rosenblum.
A formal call for applications for the first workshop will be sent out in Fall 2020.
About the Association of Print Scholars
The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is a non-profit organization that encourages innovative and interdisciplinary methodological approaches to the history of printmaking. By maintaining an active website, sponsoring working groups, and hosting periodic symposia and lectures, APS facilitates dialogue and community among its members and promotes the dissemination of their ideas and scholarship. APS supports research grants and sponsors projects in the digital humanities that advance knowledge of printmaking. Membership is open to anyone whose research focuses on printmaking across all geographic regions and chronological periods.
About the Getty Foundation
The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grants initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. The Getty Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.
These workshops are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Paper Project initiative.