Kara Walker’s “Hole from Negress Notes (Slavery Reparations Act)”

  •  In 2016, WCMA was awarded a $500,000 three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  This grant will support the expansion of the museum’s online collection as a platform for experimentation, teaching, and research through the development of in-depth cataloguing and metadata about the collection and openly accessible tools for deep engagement with collection data. This will allow for the creation of a dynamic online collection interface that invites both serendipitous browsing and focused research, including the ability to search objects by usage in college courses and disciplines.
  • In 2014, the Henry Luce Foundation awarded WCMA a two-year, $150,000 grant to support the ongoing digitization of WCMA’s American art collection.  Two previous grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (in 2009 and 2011) also supported the digitization of the museum’s American art holdings.  With the support of the Luce Foundation, WCMA successfully digitized 2,253 prints and drawings. The project increased the the percentage of the American collection now included in the online catalog to 51% and enriched the search capabilities within the database.

Maurice Prendergast's "A Day in the Country"

Maurice Prendergast’s “A Day in the Country”

  • In 2008, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation pledged $1.27 million to help establish, and subsequently endow, a curatorial fellowship program at WCMA.  The Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts is a three-year position targeting first-generation college graduates and underrepresented populations in the museum field.  The fellowship program also enhances the museum’s efforts to encourage faculty from all disciplines to make broader use of WCMA’s collection in their teaching and scholarship through workshops on teaching with original works of art.  The most recent Mellon Curatorial Fellow was Emilie Boone, who served at Williams during spring 2016. She left the college in August for a tenure-track position at CUNY New York City College of Technology. Her replacement will be hired in time for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.