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Wednesday, May 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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New York, NY, May 20, 2015 – On May 11, 2015, members of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) at the organization’s Annual Conference & Meeting elected a new President; Executive Committee members, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Governance & Nominating; and five Trustees-At-Large.

The AAMC & AAMC Foundation President, 2015-2017, is Helen C. Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in charge of the Early Christian and Byzantine collections. She is a founding member of the AAMC, and has previously served the organization in many roles, including most recently as Vice President of Finance. She received her undergraduate degree with distinction from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. As a curator, she conceived of the reinstallation and expansion of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art in 2000, the first permanent galleries for Byzantine art in a major international museum, and their further expansion in 2008. She has curated three major ground breaking Byzantine exhibitions at the Museum: The Glory of Byzantium (1997), Byzantium: Faith and Power (2004) and Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (2012) and The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Collecting in honor of the director’s retirement (2009). All were declared major exhibitions of their year by reviewers for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and/or Apollo Magazine

“With the support of our outstanding board and Executive Director, I look forward to implementing the AAMC's newly approved strategic plan to better represent and support all art curators,” said Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, AAMC President.  “We anticipate using our resources to expand and develop programs enabling our current and future members to most productively use their scholarly expertise and innovative ideas to participate in leading efforts to meaningfully engage the widest possible audience with art.”

The new Executive Committee members are: Graham Boettcher, Chief Curator and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art; AAMC Board of Trustees, Finance and Fundraising Co-chair and newly elected Vice President of Finance; and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario; AAMC Board of Trustees, Governance & Nominating Committee member and newly elected Vice President of Governance & Nominating. 

Boettcher and Uhlyarik will join current Executive Committee Members, Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum; AAMC Board of Trustees Vice President, Programs, and Marianne Lamonaca, Associate Gallery Director & Chief Curator, Bard Graduate Center Gallery; AAMC Board of Trustees, Vice President, Communications, all under the leadership of the AAMC President, Helen C. Evans.

AAMC members elected to serve three year terms as Trustees-At-Large are Sandra Firmin, Director and Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum; AAMC Conference Committee Co-Chair; Catherine Futter, Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; AAMC Career Support Committee Co-Chair; Benjamin Hickey, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Masur Museum; AAMC Marketing & Communications Committee Member, Curatorial Slam Co-Chair; Jen Mergel, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA, Boston; AAMC Professional Development Committee Co-Chair; AAMC Diversity Task Force Co-Leader, and Martha Tedeschi, Deputy Director for Art & Research, Art Institute of Chicago; AAMC Governance and Nominating Committee Member; recent AAMC Webinar presenter.  We are confident these leaders in the museum community will serve the organization with vigor as we look to our 15th Anniversary and beyond.

Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, has completed her two-year term as President of the AAMC.  Under her leadership as President, the AAMC secured funding from the ADAA Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Walton Family Foundation; launched an Advocacy Task Force and a Diversity Task Force; formalized the yearlong Mentorship Program, oversaw a Strategic Planning process that resulted in a new strategic plan for the organization; increased programming and events; expanded the AAMC staff; and led two sessions at the College Art Association Annual Conference, among other activities. To honor her service, and in gratitude to her unyielding support of the curatorial field, the AAMC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to elect Neff to Ex-Officio, Emerita status on the Board.

“I am delighted to report that with the vision and talent of the Executive Director, Judith Pineiro, the Executive Committee and Board of the AAMC, the organization has never been stronger and better poised to serve art curators as we navigate the changing landscape of the museum world,” said Neff. 

The AAMC & AAMC Foundation are grateful to those completing their Board of Trustees terms, Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, President, Catherine Evans, Chief Curator, Carnegie Museum, AAMC VP of Governance and Nominating, Andrea Bayer, Jayne Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trustee-At-Large; Gloria Groom, Senior Curator, David and Mary Winton Green Curator of 19th Century European Painting & Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago,Trustee-At-Large; and Jon Seydl, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of European Art, Worcester Art Museum, Trustee-At-Large.  Each contributed greatly to AAMC and has made a positive impact on moving the organization’s mission forward.

About the AAMC

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has members from over 400 institutions, including representation from all 50 states and 5 provinces. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's role in art museums through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  For more information, please visit





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