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Building Relationships with Individual Donors

Live Webinar for Mentees

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2 - 3 pm ET




Curators play a critical role in advancement activities at a non-profit institution. We are often part of the efforts to cultivate individual patrons, and others, who not only ensure an institution’s financial stability but also support the realization of myriad curatorial projects and initiatives, not to mention help grow collections. In this webinar, panelists from a range of institutions will discuss their experiences and strategies for forging effective relationships with individual patrons.

Meet the Speakers
(listed alphabetically) 


Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Moderator

Megan Fontanella has been on the curatorial staff of the Guggenheim since 2005 and conducts collections research, focusing on institutional history and the provenance of artworks. In addition, she has co-organized several collection-based exhibitions, including Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 and The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918, as well as presentations for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. More recently, Ms. Fontanella supported the traveling retrospective Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting and curated Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim. Fontanella graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in art history modified with history, and received her MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she specialized in 19th-century French art.


Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and the Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, Panelist

Katherine W. Hart has been at the Hood Museum of Art since 1990 and served as interim director of the museum from 2004 to 2005 and 2010 to 2011, and as associate director from 2005 to 2013. Kathy serves as the curator in charge of collections not covered by other collections curators at the museum and head of the museum’s academic programming and collection management departments. She works on contemporary art projects and acquisitions, and is the museum’s primary liaison to faculty. She has coordinated major traveling exhibitions organized by the Hood, including Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (2003). She holds a B.A. in art history from Williams College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and has completed her coursework toward the Ph.D. in art history at the City University of New York.

Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grant Rapids Art Museum, Panelist

Ron Platt is Chief Curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, where he plans and organizes the Museum’s program of changing exhibitions, leads the presentation and growth of GRAM’s permanent collection, and works with donors, the art community, and the public to broaden GRAM’s audience and mission.

 Ron’s specialty is modern and contemporary art, and he has organized numerous one-person and thematic group exhibitions, artist’s residencies and commissioned projects over the last twenty-five years.  Prior to joining GRAM in 2014, Ron has held curatorial positions at the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, and at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center. He received a BA in American Studies from University of Maryland and an MBA in Arts Administration from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 Among the more than fifty exhibitions he has curated are, Under the Skin: Tattoos and Contemporary Culture, Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, and one person shows by Dona Nelson, Luca Buvoli, Tom Friedman, and Monir Farmanfarmaian.


AAMC's Webinar Program

AAMC Foundation offers webinars on essential skills, timely issues, and latest discoveries that define the profession of Art Curator and enhance understanding and development in the field, through online webinars. All of AAMC’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity across fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, regional positions, and self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race) of participants. The more diverse our voices, the more dynamic our offerings.

Live Mentorship Program webinars are open to only the mentees or mentors within the Program. For more information on the AAMC Mentorship Program, please click here. You may also visit our resource page to see an archive of past webinars and other information.

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