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TRAVELING SEMINAR FOR CURATORS OF CONTEMPORARY PRINTS

(6 April - 10 April, 2020)

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Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase (center) with Brodsky Center at PAFA Master Printer Peter Haarz (right) and PAFA Educator Stephen Coleman (left) editing the artist's new edition in The Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan Printmaking Studio, Philadelphia, May 2019.

BRODSKY CENTER AT THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS (PAFA), PHILADELPHIA, ANNOUNCES A TRAVELING SEMINAR DESIGNED TO DEEPEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNIQUES IN THE PRINT DISCIPLINE EMPLOYED BY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS.

The seminar will be held from April 6 to 10, 2020.

Ten national and two international curators will be selected to travel to organizations in Philadelphia and New York that support the creation, collection, and interpretation of contemporary artworks in the print medium, including the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Two Palms, and Prints of Darkness, among others, and attend demonstrations and lectures in printmaking, and caring for, exhibiting, conserving, and publishing prints.

CRITERIA

Funded through a grant to PAFA from the Getty Foundation through The Paper Project initiative focused on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings, the seminar covers all travel, lodging, meals, entrance fees, and session expenses.

Selected participants will be early-career curators with a demonstrated research interest in contemporary graphic arts, including curators who are working with prints in exhibitions and collections and desire to deepen their technical knowledge, and curators of drawings who are learning about prints.

Curators will be expected to arrive in Philadelphia by April 5, attend the seminar over the five-day period between April 6 and 10, and depart on April 11. A schedule of activities will be sent upon acceptance.

The seminar will promote dialogue around the most promising trends and ideas being developed by contemporary artists, print workshops, and art curators in the field of prints and paper, in the hope of enhancing the impact of the print medium through future exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational initiatives.

APPLICATION

Under “Traveling Seminar” heading, email application in PDF format (not to exceed 5MB) to the Coordinator of the Traveling Seminar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including:

(1) Letter of interest detailing applicant’s training in the history and techniques of prints and works on paper since 1960; three past and two upcoming exhibition projects, collection acquisitions, and/or publications in prints; and goals in attending seminar (2 pages, maximum).

(2) Updated CV.

(3–5) Three letters of support, one of which must be from applicant’s museum director and/or department head.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

ABOUT PAFA

Founded in 1805, PAFA is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The Brodsky Center provides professional opportunities for PAFA students in the process of making, editioning, marketing, and selling artists’ prints. Since 1986, the Center has completed over 300 editions with emerging and established artists, including Melvin Edwards, Chitra Ganesh, Joan Semmel, and Richard Tuttle.

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SEMINAR IN CURATING PRINTS

Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by late October 2019.

(London, 27 April - 1 May 2020)

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Print Quarterly invites applications for a program dedicated to prints connoisseurship and curatorial practice, spanning from printmaking techniques to innovative strategies of display and public engagement in a museum context.

The program will take place over four days in London and its vicinity. Most sessions will be held in museum print rooms, but insights into commercial print publishing, current printmaking and the primary and secondary art market will also be provided. The program will be led by the Editor of Print Quarterly with the contribution of international senior experts in the field.

The program is tailored to early and mid-career curators with responsibility for prints and works on paper seeking professional development. Space permitting, applications from scholars involved with print curating or advanced graduate students pursuing a thesis on a print-related topic will also be considered. A maximum of ten participants will be admitted to the program. The seminars will allow participants to strengthen their knowledge of and familiarity with prints across media and contexts, while exploring new fields and methods, including the non-Western tradition. Besides furthering their knowledge of the subject, the seminar will also stimulate the participants to think differently and further on how to manage, display and deploy their collections for the benefit of the public. Furthermore, through exposure to other museum curators and managers at the host venues and selected experts, participants will develop their network within the community of print scholars. The working language is English. The participants will be asked to prepare one to two short presentations on selected topics.
Travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be covered by the program.

The program is supported the Getty Foundation, as part of The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century.

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To Apply

 Applications should be emailed as pdf documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and consist of:

- A letter of intent summarizing your interest in the program. The letter should describe your current responsibilities and work, your future hopes and ambitions and an explanation of how participation in the program might help you achieve your goals. It should also include your thoughts about what you would hope to see covered in the program and wish to learn from it.

- A curriculum vitae that includes your name, title, affiliation, postal and email address, nationality/citizenship, languages spoken, education, publications, and name and contact details of two references.

Deadline: 20 September 2019

Participants will be selected and notified by late October 2019.

Questions about the program may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  


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