Image detail from the project Resident Aliens © Guanyu Xu, 2021 Development Grant Recipient

The Project Development Grant provides financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalistic works in progress. Assisting a photographer to help complete their project, the grant provides platforms for professional development in the work’s final stages.

Career Advancement Package

// $5,000 Grant
// Professional Development Seminar Admission
// Complimentary participation and presentation at Review Santa Fe
// Project Publication in Lenscratch
// Online Exhibition with CENTER at

2021 Grant Recipient

Guanyu Xu, Chicago, IL; Resident Aliens

From the project statement – “For many immigrants, the home could never be private and secure. In Resident Aliens, I find participants who hold different visa statuses in the United States. Upon invitation, I photograph their homes and personal belongings and then print these images out in addition to my subjects’ personal photo archives. These prints are installed back into their space as temporary installations and additionally documented as photographs. The project blurs the boundaries between the familiar and foreignness, private and public, belonging and alienation.”


© Stacey-Rain Strickler

Arpad Kovacs – Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum

Arpad Kovacs is an assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His exhibitions have focused on twentieth-century and contemporary photography, with a specific interest in conceptual practices and time-based media. A graduate of Queen’s University and York University, Arpad arrived at the Getty Museum in 2011. He organized the monographic exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense (2014); Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul (2014); Richard Learoyd: In the Studio (2016), as well as thematic shows, including In Focus: Play (2014); In Focus: Animalia (2015); Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media (2016); Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (2019); Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography (2019); In Focus: Platinum Photographs (2020). He is currently working on an exhibition and accompanying publication that will survey the work of German/American artist Uta Barth.

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