December 21, 2001 Fellowship in Caricature and Cartoon Offered

Press Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
Public Contact: Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, currently located in the Library of Congress, is again 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 February 15, 2002, and notification will occur in spring of 2002. The fellowship will cover the 2002-2003 academic year.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D. 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 or her work in progress at that time. Each recipient must also provide a copy of his or her dissertation, thesis, or postgraduate publication, upon completion, for the Swann Foundation Fellowship files.

New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906-1973) established the Swann Foundation for Carciature 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 in reproductions.

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, now 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:, by e-mailing:, or by calling Martha Kennedy in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress at (202) 707-9115.


PR 01-187
ISSN 0731-3527