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AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators
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The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators is a 12-month Program accepting non-US based curators (International Awardees) and US-based curators (US Liaisons) working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980). 

Each International Awardee is paired with a US Liaison for a year-long partnership (beginning January 2019) dedicated to professional development and exchange in areas of advancement including but not limited to research, project management, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships. Two pairings are awarded each year.

The Program includes travel funding for Awardees, a participant stipend for US Liaisons, networking, and other benefits, which are outlined in greater detail by following the appropriate links below.



Important Dates

Applications for the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators opened on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

The final deadline for submitting an application was 12pm ET on Friday, November 9, 2018.



  • All applicants must be art curators at non-profit organizations, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with non-profit organizations will be considered. Please note that curators working in four wall collecting and non-collecting, community based, and non-four wall organizations, at any location in the globe are eligible.
  • All applicants must be with or have worked with exhibitions, collections, 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.
  • All applicants must be able to commit to participating in a 12-month Program at the time of application, including the all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel. A stipend is granted to International Awardees as part of this Program to accommodate the travel requirements. US Liaisons also receive a stipend for their participation in the program.



Current and Past Participants by Year



 International Awardee: Clement Onn, Senior Curator, Asian Export Art Asian Civilizations Museum


US Liaison: Karina Corrigan, H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum


International Awardee: Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern


US Liaison: April Watson, Curator, Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


2017 - 2019

International Awardee: Sarah Anne Lea, Curator, Royal Academy of Arts

US Liaison: Carol Eliel, Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


International Awardee: Laurence Schmidlin, Curator, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne

US Liaison: Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator, Head of Modern Art Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


International Awardee: Catherine Sinclair, Senior Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery

US Liaison: Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Telfair Museums


2016 - 2018

International Awardee: Nicholas Michael Chambers, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales

US Liaison: Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


International Awardee: Fernanda Mendonça Pitta, Senior Curator, Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

US Liaison: Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts





This Program is made possible through major support from the 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. 


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