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2019 Mentorship Program Participants Announced

Thursday, August 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Supporting next generation of curatorial leaders and advancing professional development,  

AAMC Foundation’s 2019 Mentorship Program includes a diverse group of 10 junior curators

August 22, 2019, NEW YORK, NY -- The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation announced the 2019 participants of its Mentorship Program, which provides junior curators with professional development and leadership growth opportunities.  The 2019 cohort includes a diverse group of 10 junior curators that all identify as female and 9 whom are people of color. The mentees also come from across the U.S. and around the world, including Nigeria, India and Canada, and have interests ranging from 19th Century European to Contemporary African to Photography. 

Selected from over 150 applicants, awarded mentees for the 2019 program are:

  • Rose Bouthillier, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada 

  • Moumita Dhar, National Museum, New Delhi, India

  • Martina Dodd, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, USA 

  • Tahnee Growingthunder, Curating Indigeneity Project, Oklahoma City, USA

  • Cindy Kang, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

  • Favour Ritaro, Rele Gallery, Laos, Nigeria

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

  • Alexandra Terry, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA 

  • Leslie Ureña, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, USA 

  • Yao Wu, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA 

We are honored to announce our 2019 group of mentees, who bring an unprecedented diversity of interests, backgrounds, and perspectives.  The multilayered program highlights the value of our mission at its core: supporting and advancing the curatorial field, forwarding inclusion, collaboration and access in our art organizations, and enhancing curatorial engagement within our communities,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “Fostering critical relationships for participants and expanding learning opportunities, AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program provides a unique experience not available elsewhere for mid-career curators across fields and geographical location.”

The 2019 program launches with introductory video recordings by each mentee.  In November, the mentees will travel to New York for a three-day immersive program investigating topics of finance, fundraising, inclusion, implicit bias, access, social justice, collaboration and promotion, with presentations and guest speakers from a range of New York Arts organizations, including A Blade of Grass, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Ford Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, and Tate Americas, and more. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference in Seattle to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 attendees from around the globe.  Between the time of the intensive and the conference, each mentee will visit their mentor to connect in person with them, shadow them throughout their day to day work, and be connected with colleagues within the mentor’s organization and larger arts community. Mentors include curators from the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Andy Warhol Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Tate, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and amongst others. The program concludes with a virtual meeting of the cohort, with each mentee presenting how the program impacted and shaped their goals and development.  

For more information on AAMC Foundation’s work and supporters, please visit

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.



Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 500+ institutions around the globe. Together the AAMC &  AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, the AAMC Foundation is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. It ensures that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. 

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