Mark A. Roglán Publication Award

Mark Roglan

The Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture is pleased to announce the Mark A. Roglán Publication Award in the amount of $2,500 that recognizes exemplary scholarship on Spanish art from 1820 to 1920. The award is named for the late director of the Meadows Museum, Mark A. Roglán, an eminent museum professional and art historian whose field of specialization was Spanish art of the modern period and its collecting history.

  • Each year, the award will honor a single distinguished publication. Publications eligible for the inaugural 2023 award must bear an imprint date from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022. Subsequent awards will be presented annually and recognize publications from the previous calendar year. Submissions of books, exhibition catalogues, book chapters, or journal articles in Spanish, English, Italian, or the Iberian languages will be accepted.
  • Nominations, including self-nominations, and submissions for the award should be sent by April 7, 2023, to The Custard Institute.

Custard Institute Postdoctoral Fellow 2023–2024

Custard Institute Postdoctoral Fellow is appointed by and reports to the director of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum, SMU. They serve a full-time appointment of one year (12 months), beginning in September 2023 or as appropriate. The Fellow will work with the faculty and staff of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture (CISAC) at SMU, and of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH) at the University of Texas at Dallas on the research project, Royal Power, Exoticism, and Technology: Porcelain Rooms from Naples to Madrid. This cultural heritage project brings together art historians and experts in digital technologies at the EODIAH and the CISAC to create digital models of two of eighteenth-century Europe’s great artistic and technological achievements: the porcelain rooms that the Bourbon King Charles of Naples (later King Charles III of Spain) commissioned from his court workshop for the royal palaces at Portici (10 km southeast of Naples) and Aranjuez (50 km south of Madrid).


  • Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital cultural heritage technologies, and demonstrated foundation in the history of art and architecture or archaeology
  • Excellent proficiency in either Spanish or Italian

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one year of research experience or relevant digital cultural heritage experience
  • Experience with collaborative projects and project management

Opportunities & Responsibilities

  • Play a lead role in all aspects of the project to research and model the Bourbon porcelain rooms at Portici (now held at the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples) and Aranjuez
  • Conduct research to gather primary and secondary sources related to the design, construction, and later histories of the porcelain rooms
  • Actively collaborate with CISAC and EODIAH faculty and staff, as well as the staffs of Aranjuez, Capodimonte, and Portici
  • Spend periods of project-related work in Naples, Portici, and Aranjuez
  • Teach a course on digital cultural heritage in the spring of 2024
  • Manage your own travel/research budget

Fellows receive:

  • An annual stipend of $50,000 to defray living expenses
  • Additional funds available for research, travel, and other expenses
  • In addition to SMU/CISAC appointment, a UTD/EODIAH affiliation as Visiting Researcher
  • SMU benefit package

Applicants must submit:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement (not to exceed 1,500 words) describing:
    • the candidate’s background in digital cultural heritage, art history, architectural history, or archaeology;
    • the applicant’s research goals;
    • how these goals relate to or will benefit the Custard Institute and the porcelain rooms project; and
    • the names and contact information of three academic and/or professional recommenders.

Deadline to apply: April 20, 2023

All materials should be submitted as PDFs and emailed to Dr. P. Gregory Warden, Mark A. Roglán Director, Custard Institute at

Travel Grant


Custard Institute Travel Fellowships in the amount of $2,000 are intended to support research and study related to the art and material culture of Spain and must be used for travel and study in Spain. Travel must be conducted between July 1 of the award year and the following June 30. Applicants must be doctoral students at a North American institution or will have received their Ph.D. from a North American institution within five years of the application deadline.

Application Deadline:

May 1 for travel initiating between July 1 and December 31
November 15 for travel initiating between January 1 and June 30

Custard Institute Publication Subventions


Custard Institute Publication Subventions of $1,000 to $3,000 are intended to support peer-reviewed publications in the English language on Spanish art and material culture. The application deadlines are February 1 and September 1 of each year. Application will be evaluated by a jury.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter (maximum 500 words) explaining the publication and the need for a subvention,
  2. A copy of the contract,
  3. A table of contents or in the case of an article, the text.
  4. A current CV.

All materials should be submitted as PDFs and sent to the Custard Institute.