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ADAA Foundation Curatorial Awards 2012 - 2015

The ADAA Foundation Curatorial Awards were a three year program launched in 2012, with the first awards given in 2013, to support yearly fellowships for a curator in a pre-World War II field and a curator in a post-World War II field.    Each Awardee recipient receives $10,000 in fellowship grant money to be applied toward research and development expenses associated with an exhibition.  The last program Awards were given in 2015, and the program will not be providing Awards in 2016.

The program was intended to honor exceptional curatorial visions and help museums advance deserving projects with funds for early research and development. Working in collaboration with the Association of Art Museum Curators, the ADAA and AAMC Foundations form Award juries to narrow down the initial application pool of over forty proposals to the two finalists. The AAMC Foundation administers the grants on behalf of the ADAA.

 "Supporting curators while they are in the nascent stages of developing an exhibition is of great interest to the ADAA Foundation,” says Dorsey Waxter, President of the ADAA, "We are delighted to have been able to provide this support and look forward to future collaborations between curators and dealers.”

The AAMC is grateful for the ADAA Foundation’s past support.


2012 Awardees
Press Release

Lee Sullivan, Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Walking Sculpture

Natalie Mault, Curator, LSU Museum of Art,  The Visual Blues 

2013 Awardees
Press Release

Jane Dini, Assistant Curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Art of American Dance

Pam McClusky, Curator for the Art of Africa and Oceania, Seattle Art Museum, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art 

2014 Awardees
Press Release

Allyson Purpura, Senior Curator and Curator of the Arts of Africa, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

Andrea Grover, Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, Radical Seafaring

About The ADAA
The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is a non-profit membership organization of the nation's leading galleries in the fine arts. Founded in 1962, ADAA seeks to promote the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship, and ethical practice within the profession. ADAA members deal primarily in paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs from the Renaissance to the present day. For more information, please visit


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