The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, located in the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship. The Swann Foundation awards one fellowship annually (with a stipend of $15,000) to support continuing scholarly research and writing in the field of caricature and cartoon. Completed applications are due Feb. 14, 2003, and applicants will be notified in spring 2003. The fellowship will cover the 2003-2004 academic year.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a candidate for a master's or doctorate at a university in the United States, Canada or Mexico; working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree; or engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving a degree. Although research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon, there is no limitation regarding the place or time period covered. Since the fund encourages research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is also no restriction on which university department might oversee a project proposed for the fellowship, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art.
In the interest of increasing awareness and extending documentation of Library of Congress collections, fellows are required to make use of the Library's collections, be in residence for at least two weeks during the award period, and deliver a public lecture at the Library on his/her work in progress at that time. Each recipient must also provide a copy of his/her dissertation, thesis or postgraduate publication about the fellowship project, upon completion, for the Swann Foundation Fellowship files.
New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906-1973) established the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon in 1967. An avid collector, Swann assembled a large group of original drawings by 400 artists, spanning two centuries, which his estate bequeathed to the Library of Congress in two installments in 1974 and 1977. Swann's original purpose was to compile a collection of original drawings by significant humorous and satiric artists and to encourage the study of original cartoon and caricature drawings as works of art. The emphasis on original works serves two purposes: to preserve art that is too often lost or casually destroyed, and to foster critical appreciation for aesthetic qualities such as draftsmanship, subtlety of line and wash in artists' original drawings—qualities that are lost inreproductions.
The foundation's support of research and academic publication is carried out in part through its program of fellowships. The application for the Swann Foundation fellowship requires a statement of qualifications, project description, research needs, and a budget. The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is overseen by an advisory board composed of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members. Its activities support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world.
Guidelines and application forms are available through the Swann Foundation's Web site: www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swannhome.html; by e-mailing: [email protected]; or by calling Martha Kennedy in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress at (202) 707-9115. Important notice: Due to the anthrax scare of October 2001, the Library of Congress still has problems receiving mail. Use FEDEX, UPS, or another direct shipping service to guarantee that your application and letters of recommendation arrive by the Feb. 14, 2003, deadline.
Swann Foundation Announces Fellow for 2002-2003
The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, announces the selection of Sandra Cheng, a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Delaware, to receive its 2002-2003 Swann Foundation fellowship.
The fellowship will support research for Cheng's dissertation, which is titled "'Il bello dal deforme': Form and Subject in Seventeenth Century Italian Caricature." Her dissertation examines the rise of caricature in 17th-century Italy and explores the interrelationship between it as a newly emerging artistic genre and conventional artistic categories, such as portraiture.
As a Swann fellow, Cheng is required to make use of the Library's collections and be in residence for at least two weeks during the award period. She will also deliver a public lecture on her work-in-progress.