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Nominations Open for 2017-2020 AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board of Trustees

Monday, February 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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New York, February 6, 2017 -  The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation’s Governance & Nominating Committee has opened nominations for eight at-large and two Vice President roles on the organizations’ Board of Trustees. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of AAMC, and are due by February 17, 2017, 3:00 PM ET.

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation board upholds and represents best practices in the curatorial field and in the larger museum community, and is committed to promoting advocacy and inclusion within the curatorial profession and visual art community. The committee seeks nominees that are representative of the varying curatorial models within the visual arts non-profit community—including non-traditional art organizations and those working within and outside the United States. Nominees should be individuals of achievement and distinction and that will advance our mission and goals and assure inclusion within the Board. Nominees should have experience within our committees, task forces, programs, and/or other efforts, and be willing to actively participate in furthering the organizations.

In addition to accepting nominations for at-large members, nominations for Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Governance & Nominating, both Executive Committee roles, are also open.


The Governance & Nominating Committee vets Board of Trustees and Executive Committee position nominations and ensures the creation of a broad slate that is supportive of inclusion, access, and advocacy. From this juncture, the candidates are moved forward for approval to the Board of Trustees. A full membership vote to ratify the final nominations will take place at the organizations’ Annual Conference & Meeting in New York, May 6 – 9, 2017.  Should a candidate move forward to be presented to the current Board, we ask that every effort be made to attend the Board meeting on May 7.

The Executive Committee roles and Board of Trustee roles begin in June 2017, and orientation materials will be shared over the summer months. The AAMC & AAMC Foundation board meets three times a year, and attendance in person is encouraged.

Eligibility & Nominations

  • All current members of AAMC are invited to make nominations.
  • Nominated parties must be current members of AAMC.
  • Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Nominations must be made with the prior approval of the candidate.
  • Information submitted should be sent as attachments, in pdf format only, to

Required Information for Nominations

The nominations or self-nominations are to submit their nomination to, with the following information provided in pdf format as attachments:

  • Information about the candidate's record of service to the AAMC & AAMC Foundation
  • Brief bio (maximum of 250 words)
  • Current CV/Resume
  • Contact information, which must include: full name, title, organization affiliation (if applicable), email, and phone number
  • Please note that candidates affiliated with an institution must secure permission from their director to serve on the Board and should confirm that this permission has been secured in the letter of interest. Direct acknowledgement of the fundraising engagement for the organization is required in this approval.
  • A letter of interest from the nominee addressed to the Governance and Nominating Committee, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, 174 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075, USA (emailed not mailed).

Information for Candidates

A list of essential Board responsibilities are noted below.

  • All Board members are expected to uphold best practices in the curatorial field, and promote advocacy of it and diversity within it. Trustees should also be able to speak positively and clearly about the AAMC & AAMC Foundation, including but not limited to our mission, strategic plan, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the museum community, and do the same for the curatorial field as
    a whole.
  • All candidates should solicit support from their organizations to actively engage in fundraising efforts, and to attend key AAMC & AAMC Foundation meetings
    in person.
  • Board meetings are held three times a year: February/March, May, and October/November. Dates are set at the May meeting, but are subject to change. Currently meetings are held in NYC, with the exception of the May meeting, which is held at the Conference host city.
  • Terms of office are for Trustees at large is three years, with a three-year option
    for renewal.
  • Board members with an annual salary above $75,000 (USD) are asked to provide a $1,000 annual minimum donation to the organization, and those below that income bracket $500. This amount is exclusive of membership dues, event registrations, and Circle donor giving.  

Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

  1. Ensure that the activities of AAMC & AAMC Foundation adhere to and advance mission and vision statements.
  2. Provide proper financial oversight. The Board must assist in developing the annual budget, ensure that proper financial controls are in place, and oversee prudent use of assets.
  3. Provide adequate resources. Ensure that adequate financial support for staff and programming is in place for the organization to operate effectively.
  4. Fundraise for the organization. Board members are responsible for contributing financially to the organization each year through direct contributions and through garnering other means of financial support for the organization. Board members are expected to solicit financial gifts to the organization.
  5. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and accountability. The Board is responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  6. Ensure effective organizational planning. The Board must actively participate in implementing and monitoring the strategic plan’s goals and make sound and informed judgments about its implementation.
  7. Act with duty of loyalty. When acting on behalf of the organization, Board members must put the interests of the AAMC & AAMC Foundation before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interest.
  8. Advocate for the organization and the curatorial profession at large. The Board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the greater arts community for both the organization and the curatorial profession at large.
  9. Enact AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Diversity Statement within the organization, the board and in the curatorial community at large. All of AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity: across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institution (museums, non-four wall art organizations, national or international), and regional position, of participants.
  10. Assess Board performance. The Board is responsible evaluating its own performance periodically and comprehensively.
  11. Recruit members to AAMC. The Board is responsible for recruiting new members to AAMC, and for recruiting new members to the Board.
  12. Actively participate in the organization’s activities. Board members are expected to attend all Board Meetings either in person or by telephone, and to attend AAMC programming whenever possible.
  13. Support the Executive Director. The Board should ensure that the Executive Director has the moral and professional support the individual needs to further the goals of the organization.

Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Vice Presidents of the Board serve as active members of the Executive Committee. As co-chair of a committee, they are also participating members of that Committee. When an Executive Committee liaison to a Committee, they serve a non-voting advisory role on that Committee. Vice Presidents shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to them by the President or by the Board of Trustees. On average, Board Vice Presidents commit to 2 - 3 hours of engagement a week. The fall and spring are the most active times of the year and may require additional hours. The Term of Office is for two years, however, these terms may be extended in one-year increments one time, as long as their Trustee status is current as well.

Qualifications for all Executive Committee roles:

  • Be a current member of the AAMC.
  • Show evidence of a strong commitment to advancement of the curatorial field.
  • Show evidence of leadership and scholarly attainment in the field at large.
  • Positively support the AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s current strategic plan and vision.
  • Be inclusive of the organizations’ diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.
  • Be forward thinking within the community.
  • Have served as an AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board Member.


  1. Oversee, with the co-chair, the Finance, Fundraising, & Audit Committee.
  2. Oversee the process of approval of the Annual Budget.
  3. Oversee financial operations, ensuring that incoming revenues and outgoing payments are handled and recorded appropriately.
  4. Actively work to fundraise with the Executive Director and organizations’ leadership.


  1. Serve as President when President is absent.
  2. Oversee, with the Co-Chair, the Governance & Nominating Committee.
  3. Work with Executive Director and President to manage Board & Officer nominations and the election process.
  4. Work with Executive Director and President to initiate and conduct the Board Assessment Process


*AAMC (501c6) and AAMC Foundation (501c3) are overseen by the same board.  The AAMC is a membership organization 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


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.  

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