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Founded in 2013, AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program gives early- to mid- career curators (Mentees) opportunities to advance their professional development, learn about important issues in the field, share ideas and cultivate strong bonds with peers, and develop a working relationship with a senior curator (Mentors). The program’s goal is to advance the skills, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in a curatorial career, not specifically develop a singular curatorial or scholarly project.

The 2019-2020 Program launches this fall with the Mentees conducting introductory video recordings that are shared with the cohort, Mentors, and residency presenters. Then, as the foundation for the Mentee cohort experience, a three-day intensive residency in New York City will be held from November 19 - 21, 2019. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 curators in attendance from around the globe. The Program concludes with a virtual meeting of the cohort, with each mentee presenting how the Program impacted their goals and development. The introduction and conclusion aspects of the Program add a digital learning and sharing experience for the Mentees.

All Mentees are provided funding to accommodate their attendance at these events, in addition to networking, and other benefits, which are outlined in greater detail by following the appropriate application link. A group of curator jurors will select ten mentees for 2019 Program, with Mentees and Mentors announced in August.

Click here to meet the 2019 Mentee cohort!



Applications for the 2020 AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program are accepted through our online portal. The online application portal opens in May 2020.



  • All applicants must be art curators at nonprofit organizations at any location around the globe, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, independent curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with nonprofit organizations will be considered.
  • All applicants must be able to commit to participating in all Program requirements at the time of application, including the all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel. A stipend is granted as part of this Program to accommodate the travel requirements.



Introduction Video



Rose Bouthillier, Curator (Exhibitions), Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada

Mentor: Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA



Moumita Dhar, Assistant Curator, National Museum, New Delhi, India

Mentor: Erika Holmquist-Wall, Chief Curator and Mary & Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of European & American Painting and Sculpture, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, USA



Martina Dodd, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Education Curator, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, USA

Mentor: Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA



Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder, Curator & Tribal Liaison of Oklahoma History Center, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, USA

Mentor: Georgiana Uhlyarik, Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada




Cindy Kang, Associate Curator, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

Mentor: Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy; Interim Curator of the Purcell-Cutts House, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA




Favour Ritaro, Associate Artists Development, Exhibition and Partnership, Rele Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

Mentor: Sylvia Forni, Curator of African Arts & Cultures, Department of World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum



Stephanie Sparling Williams, Associate Curator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, USA

Mentor: Asma Naeem, The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA




Alexandra Terry, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA

Mentor: Michael Wellen, Curator, International Art, Tate, London, England



Leslie Ureña, Associate Curator of Photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, USA

Mentor: José Diaz, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA


Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA

Mentor: Jennifer Casler Price, Curator of Asian, African, and Ancient American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA


This program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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