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2020 Mentorship Program Participants Announced

Thursday, September 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Supporting next generation of curatorial leaders and advancing professional development,
AAMC Foundation’s 2020 Mentorship Program includes a diverse group of 10 junior curators
New York, NY, September 10, 2020 — The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation announced the 2020 participants of its Mentorship Program, which provides junior curators with professional development and leadership growth opportunities. The 2020 cohort includes a diverse group of 10 junior curators, from Japan, Germany, and the US, including Arkansas, California, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania, among others. The 2020 program has shifted to a virtual platform to be responsive to travel restrictions and budgetary concerns amongst the curatorial community.

“We are honored to announce our 2020 group of mentees, and provide them with this opportunity. Moving the AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program to a virtual platform this year allows us to continue this vital service, not available elsewhere for mid-career curators across fields and geographical location,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “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.”

Awarded Mentees for the 2020 program are:
  • Andrea Alvarez, Curatorial Assistant, Albright-Knox Art Gallery 
  • Alejo Benedetti, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 
  • Kristen Gaylord, Assistant Curator of Photographs, The Amon Carter Museum of American Art 
  • Shoko Haruki, Curator, Tokyo metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum
  • Joanna Lee, Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art Museum 
  • Mia Lopez, Independent Curator 
  • Ksenia Nouril, Jensen Bryan Curator, The Print Center
  • Margaret Shortle, Kuratorin, Museum für Islamische Kunst 
  • Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
  • Diva Zumaya, Assistant Curator, European Painting and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In 2020, the traditional in-person three-day intensive will be held virtually over three weeks, with pre-reading and watching experiences, live speaker sessions, and small group engagement with leaders on the topics of diversity, inclusion, social justice, collaboration and promotion, board responsibilities, and self-expression. Presentations and interactions feature individuals from the Ford Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Museum of the City of New York, National Gallery of Art, New Museum, Newark Museum, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and more.

Each mentee will have a virtual experience one on one over the course of eight months with their mentor.  Mentors partnered with mentees include curators from the Aga Khan Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Glasgow Women’s Library, J. Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museo Tamayo, amongst others.

In May 2021, the mentees will join the Art Curators Conference along with the nearly 400 attendees from around the globe. 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, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

About AAMC & AAMC Foundation 
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.  

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701,

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