Bourses du Getty Research Institute

Art & Technology


The making of art has always been impacted by the limitations and advances of the technologies at hand. Throughout human history, artists have invariably embraced technological innovations—from the casting of ancient bronzes to the invention of the tin paint tube to the printing of three-dimensional objects—and harnessed the new possibilities afforded by them. Art and technology are deeply intertwined; after all, the terms « technology » and « technique » are both derived from the Greek word techne, meaning « art » or « craft. » Technological developments spur artistic experimentation by extending the horizon of what is possible and by encouraging artists to consider traditional mediums in new ways and to explore new mediums altogether.

The theme of « Art & Technology » encompasses questions on manufacture and craft, process and invention, materiality and immateriality, and the digital and the virtual:

  • How do Indigenous epistemologies support or underpin alternative concepts and frameworks for understanding the relationship between art and technology?
  • How do technologies move across cultures, and how are they transformed in the process? What happens to technologies as they travel between cultures? How do they evolve and adapt?
  • How do ancient technologies inform contemporary artistic practice, and what possibilities are afforded by contemporary technology to reckon with art of the deep past?
  • What are the implications of nonhuman systems of production?
  • How can technologies be productively misused by artists?
  • How have technological advances changed and challenged modes of viewership?

Application deadline is October 3, 2022.

African American Art History


Getty Research Institute invites applications from scholars of African American art and cultural history who would like to participate in the upcoming 2023/2024 scholar year. Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been created under the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), an ambitious program that aims to address an incomplete version of American art history by increasing the Research Institute’s African American—related collections, research, exhibitions, projects, publications, events, and partnerships with local and national institutions. The fellowships will provide financial support and housing to scholars undertaking research projects that speak to the goals of the initiative. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI fellows will have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers.

Our special collections include archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II, modern, and contemporary—and we are acquiring and processing major collections or collaborating on acquisitions from a range of artists and institutions. We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would benefit from our resources, which might include special collections, the Getty Library, or the scholar year cohort, and from alignment with AAAHI’s aims and goals.

Paul Revere Williams Project Fellowship

Paul Revere Williams was one of America’s greatest twentieth-century architects. During a prolific career spanning almost six decades, Williams mastered a wide range of architectural styles and designed more than 3,000 structures working for individual clients as well as government and industry. He also overcame the legal, social, professional, and institutional barriers that prevented many African Americans from entering the field of architecture. The Getty has launched a major research project focusing on Williams’ life and legacy. In addition to the two nine-month residencies described above, this project includes a one-year residential fellowship opportunity. We welcome expressions of interest from emerging scholars of architecture and architectural history who would like to join the project team.

Application deadline is October 3, 2022.

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