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    High Museum of Art and Emory University Receive Important Research Grant From Mellon Foundation

    ATLANTA, March 26, 2012 –The High Museum of Art and Emory University’s department of art history has received a significant grant from the Mellon Foundation. The grant, which focuses on object-centered curatorial training, will provide funding to support two art history doctoral candidates for a three-year program.

    “The Museum is energized around the possibility of working closely with Emory colleagues to integrate materials and conservation training into graduate study in art history,” said Patricia Rodewald, the High’s Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education. “Utilizing our combined resources, we can enable these students to incorporate the latest technologies into their study of works of art.”

    Each year, two students will be selected by a committee composed of Art History faculty and representatives from the High Museum of Art. One student will serve during the Spring semester and Summer term and the other will serve Summer term and Fall semester. Selected students will receive a fellowship plus a full stipend for summer research and travel in the U.S. and abroad.

    The first two fellows have been chosen. Ashley Laverock’s fellowship will take place Spring-Summer 2012. Laverock, a student of French Medieval art, is advised by Elizabeth Pastan, Associate Professor of Art History. Cecily Boles’ fellowship will take place Summer-Fall 2012. Boles, a student of Italian Baroque art and art theory, is advised by Sarah McPhee, Professor of Art History. Oversight of the student’s work will be shared by the student’s primary faculty advisor and the relevant curators at the High Museum.

    High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.

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