Blanton Museum receives $504,000 Mellon grant

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 29, 2013

The Blanton Museum of Arthas been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program, museum officials announced today.

The grant will fund three fellowship per academic year for a six year period. The fellowships will be offered through a competitive process to current and incoming Ph.D. art history students at UT.

Fellowships will be offered in each of the Blanton’s core collection areas — prints and drawings, and European paintings; modern and contemporary art; and Latin American art.

“By integrating the classroom experience with museum training, this program will transform the Blanton’s engagement with art history graduate students,” said Blanton director Simone Wiche in a release. “Working closely with the museum’s talented staff will enhance their professional and intellectual preparation as the next generation of museum leaders.”

This is the second major grant in recent years that the Mellon Foundation has award to UT’s arts divisions and colleges.

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