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Successful Mentorship Year: For Mentees
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Successful Mentorship Year: For Mentees

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


This webinar is designed to guide this year’s mentors and mentees in their participation in the year-long mentorship. Panelists will share their experiences in both roles as well as point out possible pitfalls and offer some tips for success. Participants are encouraged to ask specific questions they might have.


Andaleeb Badiee Banta
 is a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque art of Europe; she earned her Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Since becoming Curator of European and American Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College in 2013, Dr. Banta has focused on providing students with opportunities to have direct and meaningful encounters with art. Prior to her appointment at the AMAM, Dr. Banta was an Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and has also held curatorial and research assistant positions at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Banta has published and presented on numerous European artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with a focus on the intersection of creative process, material requirements, and practical limitations. Her publications include articles in journals such as Master Drawings, The Burlington Magazine, and Apollo, and she is editor of a volume of collected essays, The Enduring Legacy of Venetian Renaissance Art (forthcoming 2016, Ashgate Publishing). Dr. Banta is currently directing the project “Old Master Drawings@Oberlin,” an online corpus of the AMAM’s European drawings. 


Catherine Futter 
is the Louis C. and Adelaide Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, overseeing the departments of Ancient, European Art, and Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts. Prior to the Nelson-Atkins, Catherine was at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Chrysler Museum of Art. While at the Nelson-Atkins, Catherine has overseen permanent collection reinstallation projects, curated contemporary art, design and architecture exhibitions and co-curated a major international loan traveling exhibition, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939. Catherine is also the project manager for the museum’s cultural district project and a member of the museum’s Strategic Leadership Group. In 2014, she was a Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Catherine is actively involved with mentorship: she was co-chair of the Association of Art Museum Curators Career Support Committee and a mentor for MINDDRIVE, an after-school program for urban youth; Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program; and, the Yale University Graduate Student Assembly and Graduate & Professional Student Senate Alumni Matching Program. Catherine is an alumna of the AAMC Mentorship Program as a mentor.

Stephen Harrison is responsible for a diverse collection of ceramics, glass, metalwork, and furniture representing European, American, and Asian export material from 1500 to the present. He joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2005 and has worked on numerous projects, including the complete redesign and reinstallation of the museum’s decorative arts collection. His award-winning exhibition Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique garnered international critical acclaim, including the 2009 Robert C. Smith Award from the Decorative Arts Society in America. Before coming to Cleveland, Harrison was the curator of decorative arts at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where he oversaw the complete reinstallation of the High’s collection of American and European decorative arts.  He has also held curatorial positions in New Orleans and Dallas. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He earned an MS in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in early American material culture from the Winterthur Museum Program at the University of Delaware.

Elizabeth Siegel
is Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree at Yale and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Among her recent exhibitions are Shatter Rupture Break, an exhibition bringing together modern work from across the Art Institute; Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door, a retrospective that traveled to the J. Paul Getty Museum and High Museum of Art; Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks, which traveled to the de Young Museum, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Besides catalogues accompanying those exhibitions, other books include Taken by Design: Photography at the Institute of Design, 1937–1971 and Galleries of Friendship and Fame: A History of Nineteenth-Century American Photograph Albums. She is currently working on an exhibition on Alfred Stieglitz and the nineteenth century. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Greg Jacobs, a documentary filmmaker, and their two daughters.


*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.


This program is generously supported in part by funding provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) and the AAMC President's Circle. 

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