Art History, Conservation, and Museums

To help shape and sustain art history and conservation as dynamic and rigorous disciplines, we support art museums, conservation centers, research institutes, graduate programs, and related institutions, with an emphasis on training, collaboration, and knowledge networks.  Grants seek to strengthen fundamental and innovative work in four primary areas:  curatorial initiatives; art conservation and conservation science; art museums and higher education; and art history research.

Published July 2015: Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey



Grantmaking in Art History, Conservation, and Museums

In the area of art history, conservation, and museums, the Foundation makes grants to support:

  • Curatorial innovation in museums and professional development of curators for leadership, with sharpened focus on the public humanities
  • Programs that increase diversity of the curatorial and conservation professions
  • Curatorial challenges in areas such as new media; art and anthropology; decorative arts and material culture
  • Development of networks for curatorship and conservation of new media art
  • Object-based and curatorial curricula in art history graduate programs
  • Involvement of artists in the work of art museums and graduate programs in art history and conservation
  • Digital humanities capacity in art history graduate programs and research initiatives
  • Digital resources that facilitate the aggregation, management, and exchange of complex cultural heritage data and the expansion of research networks
  • Collaborations between museums and universities in conservation science
  • Threatened or underdeveloped areas of conservation expertise
  • Major challenges in the development of tools and methods for conservation science
  • Collection sharing that brings understudied material to light for scholars and the public

Special Initiatives

Current special initiatives in art history, conservation, and museums include:

  • Art History Graduate Education and Museums
  • ConservationSpace
  • Conservation of Chinese Painting
  • Curatorial Diversity