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Call for Proposals: The Paper Project

In January 2018, the Getty Foundation launched The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century. This international initiative supports training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings.

The Paper Project helps 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 supporting curators' efforts to make graphic arts collections accessible and relevant to today's audiences.

Past grants awarded in The Paper Project have included support for curatorial fellowships, collection-based research fellowships, short-term traveling seminars, professional workshops, and exhibition and publication projects at museums, libraries, archives, and other institutions that collect, interpret, and exhibit prints and drawings. Please note that Paper Project grants support organizations, not individuals. We are currently accepting applications for grants to support:

Exhibition and publishing projects:
Grants offering mid-career curators in the field of prints and drawings support to organize an exhibition and/or publication project showcasing prints and/or drawings that provides significant opportunities for intellectual and professional development. Grants can support permanent collection-based or loan-based exhibition projects.

Digital projects:
Grants offering early- and mid-career curators in the field of prints and drawings support to pilot or execute an original digital project, including virtual exhibitions, microsites, gallery interactives, digital publications, digital public engagement, webinars and online workshops showcasing prints and/or drawings, or virtual professional development workshops. Please note that these grants are not suitable for large digital infrastructure projects.

We invite proposals for projects led by early- and mid-career curators with a specialization in prints and/or drawings of any period. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for projects that engage with collections and topics in the history of prints and drawings that have not before received adequate curatorial attention and have the potential to expand the field. In recognition that many institutional budgets have undergone substantial contractions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome proposals for projects at any stage of development. Projects led by an eligible guest curator are also welcome, particularly an individual who brings expertise that is not currently represented in the applicant institution's curatorial staff.

The maximum award will be $100,000; most grant awards will be $25,000-$100,000.

Complete the Intent to Apply form by Friday, January 22, 2021

Submit full application by Monday, February 15, 2021

Applicants will be notified by May 2021

For more information or to sign up for The Paper Project mailing list, please email

Please visit the 'External Link' below for application information.

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