Art x Science x LA is the third regional collaboration in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time series. Opening in 2024, Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA will present an ambitious range of exhibitions and public programs that explore the intersections between the visual arts and science, from prehistoric times to the present and across different cultures worldwide. From alchemy to anatomy, and from botanical art to augmented reality, art and science have shared moments of unity, conflict, and mutual insight. The next PST theme connects these moments in the past with the most pressing issues of today. From climate change to the future of artificial intelligence, PST: Art x Science x LA will create an opportunity for civic dialogue around urgent problems of our time.

Southern California is a fitting location for the new PST theme, since the region's history includes key developments in science and technology in the modern era. Edwin Hubble used the telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory to advance astronomy, Cold War-era aviation and aeronautics anchored the Southern California economy, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched the spacecraft that delivered the first images of another planet's surface. PST: Art x Science x LA will engage with this history by including in the initiative world-renowned scientific institutions from across the region.

For more information, please email pacificstandardtime@getty.edu.


General information on applying for Pacific Standard Time research grants
As in earlier Pacific Standard Time initiatives, the Foundation will support participation in PST: Art x Science x LA through an open grant competition. The Foundation will be looking for a balanced range of projects in terms of their historical, cultural, and geographic focus.

Funding will begin with research and planning grants for projects that lead to exhibition projects. Support for project implementation and publications will be available in a future grant cycle, largely restricted to organizations that have already received research grants.

All Pacific Standard Time grants will be made to institutions, and not to individuals. If your institution is interested in applying for a research grant for an exhibition, the first step will be submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for review by the Foundation, due by November 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm.


Letter of Inquiry instructions
Please read the instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (see below) carefully before submitting your Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

The LOI is intended to be a brief abstract, not the proposal itself. It is understood that the research questions, project team, and specific outcomes might be preliminary or speculative at this early stage. Organizations invited to submit a full proposal for an exhibition or performing arts research grant will have several additional months to develop the project before the application deadline in spring 2020.

The LOI should include the following information (1-10):

  1. Name of applicant organization
  2. Brief description of application organization
  3. Name, title, and email address of primary contact for applicant organization (one person only)

  4. For larger organizations submitting a proposal for more than one project, please answer questions 4-10 for each project:

  5. Working title
  6. Where will the project be presented in 2024 (if known)
  7. Name(s) of any partnering or collaborating organization(s)
  8. Project team members identified so far
  9. Project summary, including discussion of the key research questions motivating the project (maximum one page, single-spaced)
  10. Will this project be accompanied by a publication or catalogue?
  11. Do you anticipate that any new works of art will be created as part of this project?


All LOIs should be submitted via email to pacificstandardtime@getty.edu by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2019. Please include "LOI" and the name of the applicant organization in the subject line of the email.

Invitations to apply for research grants or declinations will be sent by the Foundation to all applicants by Friday, December 13, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 2 pp., 116 KB)

Left: Códice De la Cruz-Badiano, 1553, page 38 (detail). This illustrated Aztec herbal manuscript is considered the oldest medical text written in the Americas. Collection INAH, Mexico. Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0). Center: Engraving and aquatint of color wheel (detail) composed by René Henri Digeon, engraver, and Lamoureux, printer. In Michel Eugène Chevreul's Des couleurs et de leurs applications aux arts industriels à l'aide des cercles chromatiques (Paris, 1864). The Getty Research Institute, 90-B8575. Right: Design for the Water Clock of the Peacocks (detail). In Badi' al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari's Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1315. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, www.metmuseum.org