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2016 Conference Venues Announced

Thursday, October 29, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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For Immediate Release


New York, NY, October 29, 2015– The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation are pleased to announce the hosts for its 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting.  As the organization celebrates its 15th Anniversary, we are honored to hold our Conference “AAMC @ 15: Moving Forward” in Houston, Texas, May 7 – 10, 2016.

"I am delighted to welcome the AAMC to my hometown, and I feel certain that the attendees will be impressed and inspired by the variety and strength of Houston's art institutions,” said Gary Tinterow, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and AAMC & AAMC Foundation Trustee Emeritus, "I hold strong memories of the first exciting and empowering AAMC convention held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art fifteen years ago, and I am immensely proud of the progress the organization has made since then to support curators in their professional development and to heighten recognition of the value of curatorial work."

The Conference sessions and events will be held at several Houston area cultural institutions, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); Asia Society Texas; The Menil Collection; and Project Row Houses.  Additional site visits during the four days  of activities include Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; University Museum at Texas Southern University; Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston; DiverseWorks; Rice University Art Gallery; and Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, both part of MFAH.

“As AAMC president, I am delighted that the Conference & Meeting will visit so many of the sites that are part of Houston’s innovative art scene,” noted Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jarharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and AAMC & AAMC Foundation President, “It is especially appropriate that we will gather at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as its director Gary Tinterow was the first president of AAMC and most instrumental in establishing our organization. Do join us in Houston and congratulate Gary on his museum and all that we have become, and will be.”

We are pleased to announce new activities at this year’s events, including lunchtime Roundtable discussions and a formal reception honoring the Awards of Excellence recipients.  The Conference panels will focus on issues related to audience engagement, the medium of cinema and video, exhibiting controversy, and donor relations. Our full Conference itinerary, including sessions and panelists, will be announced in early 2016. 


About the Conference

The Conference “AAMC @ 15: Moving Forward” celebrates 15 years of AAMC, and is scheduled for May 7 – 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  We anticipate welcoming nearly 350 curators at all stages of their career, with panel topics encompassing many relevant subjects. Our Conference is the only one where art curators from every discipline and type of institution meet to discuss issues facing the profession.  The multi-day program includes a keynote speaker (TBA), President’s welcome, networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award ceremony, tours of host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting. #aamc15yr

For more information about the event and sponsorship of it, please contact AAMC at


About the AAMC

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions, including representation from all 50 states and 5 provinces. AAMC & the AAMC Foundation celebrates the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art museum curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.   In 2015, AAMC began accepting members from around the globe, strengthening our already powerful outreach in the community.

In the ever-changing visual non-profit art world, AAMC is a voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. For more information, please visit



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