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Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, Meditation of Saint Jerome, c. 1520-25, Samuel H. Kress Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art

Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, Meditation of Saint Jerome, c. 1520-25, Samuel H. Kress Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art

The Kress Foundation has commissioned timely studies of topical issues related to the disciplines of art history, art conservation, and art museums. We present the results of these studies here, as well as other relevant studies the Foundation has supported.
Sponsored Research
November 2020

Ithaka S+R Art Museum Director Survey 2020

Ithaka S+R’s inaugural Art Museum Director Survey was developed in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). This data reveals the state of the field as it entered into a crisis, and the 2020 survey constitutes a benchmark and provides evidence of the perspectives of art museum directors immediately preceding COVID-19.
Ithaka S+R Art Museum Director Survey 2020
Sponsored Research
March 2016

Charting the Digital Landscape of the Conservation Profession

This study presents the results of a year-long series of activities (research, a community survey, discussion forums, interviews, and an analysis of online resources) to map the digital landscape as it exists today, and to identify strategic investments in the environment that will serve the community and help it flourish as a profession.
Charting the Digital Landscape of the Conservation Profession
Sponsored Research
July 2014

NAEA-AAMD Research Study: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K-12 Students

This study by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), investigates the question, What are the benefits to students of engaging with original works of art within the context of object-based art museum programs that take place during the formal school day?
NAEA-AAMD Research Study: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K-12 Students
Sponsored Research
April 2014

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians

This study, funded by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, looks at how art historians' research practices are evolving in the digital age.
Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians
Sponsored Research
October 2012

The Campus Art Museum: A Qualitative Study

This study, focused on seven campus art museums that received Kress Collections decades ago, examines the manifold contributions of academic art museums to the academic and personal lives of college and university communities.
The Campus Art Museum: A Qualitative Study
Sponsored Research
June 2012

Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship

This study presents the results of a survey of the art history profession’s attitudes toward digital art history and its relationship to key art history research centers.
Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship
Sponsored Research
June 2010

Copyright, Museums and Licensing of Art Images

This study analyzes the policies and terminology United States art museums employ in licensing images of objects in their collections.
Copyright, Museums and Licensing of Art Images
Sponsored Research
June 2010

Analysis of Trends in Art History Publishing from University Presses

This study seeks to understand trends in the monographic output of university presses in a specific discipline: visual arts and architecture; and to do so at a level of detail that is meaningful for the discipline’s specialties.
Analysis of Trends in Art History Publishing from University Presses