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Management 101 for Mentees

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM ET


This forum discusses how to best to navigate the role that emerging curators play in keeping their own creative work going while also taking on management roles. Specifically, the speakers discuss best practices and advice on how one best moves from being a junior specialist in a particular area to also being a manager of others (outside contractors, guest curators, catalogue authors, etc.), as well as broader collection areas.


Additional Resources

Anderson, Maxwell L. Metrics of Success in Art Museums. 2004. Getty Leadership Institute
Getty Leadership Institute
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and Kellogg Leadership Seminar

Presenters (listed alphabetically)

Tobi Bruce, Director, Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Bruce is Director, Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, having previously held positions in curatorial, collections management, research and education at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa) and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston).  With over twenty years’ experience working with public collections, Tobi has curated over fifty exhibitions,  lectured extensively on collection building and curatorship, general art history, and women artists, and has participated as a panelist at conferences nationally and internationally. Her most recent undertakings are
The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists (with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University) (2015-2016);  Into the Light: The Paintings of William Blair Bruce (1859 – 1906)  (2014);  The French Connection: Canadian Painters at the Paris Salons (2011) and William Kurelek: The Messenger (2011-2012), a collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria which was named in the top three exhibitions of 2012 by editors at Canadian Art magazine. A graduate of Queen’s (BAH Art History) and Carleton (MA in Canadian Art) universities, Tobi also served two terms as a Director with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.  Most recently Tobi was made an   Adjunct Lecturer at McMaster University, where she is currently teaching Canadian Art.


Emilia Layden, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee

Keller's major exhibitions include the traveling retrospective Francesca Woodman (2011) and Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840–1900 (2008), which explored the use of photography in nineteenth-century science. She organized About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, the inaugural photography collection presentation, for the museum’s reopening. Keller oversaw Picturing Modernity, SFMOMA’s presentation of its photography collection, from 2003 to 2013 and co-organized the symposium Is Photography Over? in 2010. She is the editor of several SFMOMA publications and the author of scholarly essays on Jay DeFeo, Eadweard Muybridge, Larry Sultan, and Carleton Watkins, among others. She is currently at work on an exhibition of the photographic maps of Sohei Nishino (November 2016) and the first survey of the nineteenth-century photographer J.B. Greene (spring 2018).


Anne Collins Smith, Curator of Collections, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Smith is the Curator of Collections at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is a cultural curator, art historian, and cultural worker in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Smith received a B.A. in English and Art History from Spelman College and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration at New York University. She served as an intern at the Cinque Gallery, which was founded by artists Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis, and the Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Smith was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College where she began to fuse interdicisplinarity with her curatorial practice. At the Davis, she curated the exhibition The Space Between: Artists Engaging Race and Syncretism. Smith’s interests include: arts, the economy, and social uplift; arts leadership; audience development; cosmopolitanism; the evolving role of the curator; material culture; public art; visual culture; and, African Diasporic continuity in artistic and cultural practices. Smith participated in the Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta; Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive; Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation; and, Association of Art Museum Curator’s Mentorship programs. Smith recently organized Maren Hassinger...Dreaming (2015) and Howardena Pindell (2015). She is currently participating in the Burnaway Art Writers Mentorship Program. Her curatorial projects in progress include Eye Ten (I10), Real Good Hands, and, Always a Pleasure.

AAMC's Webinar Program

AAMC 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, a medium that simultaneously reaches the organization's entire membership, regardless of location. As of October 2015, all webinars are free with a current membership. An archive of past webinars is also available to current members.

All of AAMC’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity: across fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, regional position, and self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race) of participants. The more diverse our voices, the more dynamic our offerings.

For the 2015 - 2016 season, our webinars focus on the theme "How Art Curators Get Their Ideas Out There." The topics for the webinars have been selected based on this idea as it relates to exhibitions, scholarship, and the broader social context. 

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