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AAMC Foundation Announces International Engagement Fellows

Wednesday, December 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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First Class of AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators Announced

New York, December 28th, 2016: The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation has selected its inaugural class of US Liaisons and International Fellows for the Engagement Program for International Curators, a program made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Through facilitating partnerships between Liaison and Awardee, the Program aims to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community, and support avenues of exchange and discourse amongst colleagues across the world. 

The Program consists of a two-year engagement for three non-US based International Awardees and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. 

Having received applications from four continents, the following curators were selected as International Awardees: Nicholas Chambers, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Sarah Lea, Curator, Royal Academy of Arts; Fernanda Pitta, Senior Curator, Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and the following were awarded positions as US Liaisons: Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Carol Eliel, Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Anna Marley, Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

During the first year of their engagement with the Program, International Awardees will work closely with their US Liaisons to further their research on a project, exhibition, or area of research related to historic American art. Areas of focus include the development of Cubism in the US, American Surrealism, and trans-American parallels in 19th century visual arts. In addition to regular communication online and by phone, International Awardees will receive funding to visit their US Liaison's institution, engaging with American colleagues and resources that will further their relationship. In addition, US Liaisons will hold a webinar for the Awardees on a topic that will assist with their overall professional development and advancement and familiarity with the US curatorial community.

During year two of the Program, International Awardees will receive a travel stipend and waived registration fees to attend AAMC & AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference and meeting, the largest Annual gathering of AAMC's members. Registration fees will also be waived for US Liaisons. During the Conference weekend, Liaisons and Awardees will be welcomed to a private Program Alumni reception, held bi-annually, where they will meet fellow Program participants, share their experience with the Program, and form further professional relationships. The Awardee will also be given a place on an AAMC Committee or Task Force, giving the International Awardee a voice within AAMC & AAMC Foundation leadership,and allowing them to collaborate with American colleagues on a wide range of initiatives and lend their expertise and perspective in shaping the work of the AAMC. At the conclusion of the Program, International Awardees will hold a webinar for all of AAMC membership on the work undertaken during the Program.

AAMC Foundation, with the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art, is thrilled to be launching a Program that furthers the dialogue between international curatorial colleagues, and assists in forging new professional relationships across boarders. As the international museum community grows more collaborative, the AAMC is proud to support programming that gives primacy to the curatorial voice within this new global exchange. 


About AAMC & AAMC Foundation Programming

AAMC & AAMC Foundation provides several other programs and grants to its members in order to support their professional development and advancement and to further strengthen the curatorial field at large. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome provides essential funding to curators whose work requires research in Italy. Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship through January 9th, 2017, the Program honors exceptional curatorial vision, and has aided in the realization of projects essential to the furthering of curatorial discourse in a wide range of disciplines. 

The AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program, supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AAMC President's Circle, fulfills a key aspect of AAMC & AAMC Foundation's mission to provide avenues for professional support and advancement to curators at all stages of their careers. The Program is open to curators that work directly with, collaborate with, or oversee contemporary art, architecture, design or decorative arts within the purview of curatorial work and expertise. Launched in 2012, the Program has supported over twenty mentoring pairs across the country, from all scales of institutions, areas of expertise, and field of focus. Applications for the 2017 class of mentors and mentees are due to AAMC no later than January 11, 2017, and more information about the application may be found onAAMC's website here. 

To learn more about AAMC's Grant Programs, such as its Awards for Excellence, Travel Grant Program and more, visit For further information, please contact 


Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation 

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe.  The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector 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 & other non-profit models through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation are the only organizations offering professional development and career navigation to the non-profit curatorial profession, and we do so on a global platform.  We achieve this by offering valuable programming, including providing standards for best curatorial practices and ethics; advocating for the profession; convening and creating effective networks; initiating diversity efforts; and mentoring and inspiring future curators—across all borders.  In order to meet our expansive goals, the organizations are working to strengthen alliances, expand funding, and grow services for our members.   All of the activities of AAMC & AAMC Foundation strive to be inclusive and representative of diversity: across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional position. 

Individual membership within AAMC is open to art curators, regardless of geographic location, as we accept international members, with direct responsibility for works of art at non-profit organization. Membership is open to curators working in any field and with all levels of experience, In addition, art curators without direct non-profit art organization affiliation, not working in the commercial sector, are welcome to apply for membership, and should see our membership application for additional information needed for review by the membership committee and AAMC executive director.


Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them.  



This Program is made possible through major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.   


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