Mellon Foundation grants will let Walters expand staff

May 10, 2002|By Glenn McNatt

The Walters Art Museum plans to nearly double the number of curators on its staff, from seven to 12, as a result of grants received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the museum said yesterday.

The grants, worth about $2.6 million, include a $1.75 million challenge grant to endow two new mid-level curatorial positions and a $372,000 spendable grant to support three post-doctoral curatorial fellowships.

In addition, the museum received a $465,000 spendable grant to support the mid-level curators while it raises the $750,000 needed to match the Mellon challenge grant.

Since 1996, the museum has received a total of $3,812,000 in grants from the Mellon Foundation to fund curatorial positions.

A previous $1 million challenge grant from the foundation was recently matched with $2 million the museum raised privately. Those funds were used to endow senior curatorial chairs in the fields of ancient and Asian art.

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