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Mentor Webinar: How to Mentor those you Manage
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How to Mentor Those You Manage

February 25, 2016


How To Mentor Those You Manage invites mentors in our year-long mentorship program to consider the way management applies to the curatorial profession today, especially as museums become less hierarchical places. How is management different from leadership? How do curators build trust, confidence, and partnership with their staffs? How does this apply as curators must manage up, down, and across through out their careers? What suggestions can be offered regarding delegating and giving constructive feedback? How can managers encourage creativity? Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Chief Curator, Curator of European Art, The Dayton Art Institute, will discuss the way managers do not just assign tasks but define purpose and keep the team focused in developing a road-map to achieve goals with measurable results, while nurturing and developing talent to inspire creativity. Karol B. Wight, President and Executive Director, The Corning Museum of Glass, will address these points in her present position and as a long-time curator at the Getty Museum.


Claire Schneider, Independent Curator

Claire Schneider is currently an independent curator in Buffalo, New York and Founder and Director of CS1 Projects, a commissioner and producer of art projects in unexpected spaces. Working with CS1 is often an opportunity for an artist to expand their practice, reach a new audience, and collaborate with creatives in other disciplines. For example, Playing Bones: A Kalevala Duo, 2015, brought Finnish performance artist Pia Lindman together with avant-garde classic musicians Wooden Cities on the Saarinen designed Kleinhans Music Hall, leading to Lindman’s inclusion in the 2016 San Paulo Biennial. Schneider was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Albright-Knox, 1998-2008, and Senior Curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008-2010. Known for her collaborative approach and keen ability to successfully lead complex project teams and community partnerships, she co-curated Extreme Abstraction, 2005, directed Beyond/In Western New York 2007, and founded the series Architecture + Art in 2010. At the Albright-Knox, Schneider oversaw numerous acquisitions and reinstallations of the collection and spearheaded several education initiatives. In 2013, Schneider organized the traveling exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s for the Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill. Accompanied by a 240-page catalogue, More Love won an AAMC Honorable Mention for Best Exhibition. She has also held positions at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Mass MoCA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Schneider received her BA from Tufts University and an MA from Williams College.


Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Chief Curator, Curator of European Art, The Dayton Art Institute

Since the conclusion of the CCL program in May 2014, Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Chief Curator, Curator of European Art has assumed a greater leadership role at The Dayton Art Institute with oversight of the curatorial division, the museum’s broad collection, and exhibitions program. Since her arrival at the museum in 2012, she has engaged in an active and creative campaign to solicit funds to conserve and re-frame objects within the museum’s collection. A member of the leadership committee of the museum, Marcereau DeGalan is engaged in strategic discussions at the board and executive committee level. Presently, she is helping to oversee a multi-million dollar phased renovation and reinstallation of the museum tied to its centennial anniversary in 2019, and in developing a series of originally conceived exhibitions to complement that anniversary year including an exhibition around Picasso and Braque’s time in Paris in which they linked themselves to Dayton’s own Orville and Wilbur Wright in their attempt to get painting off the ground of conventional representation. Previously, Marcereau DeGalan held curatorial positions at the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She received her doctorate in Art History from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland with a focus in 18th century British Portraiture. Her ongoing work in that field has been supported through research grants from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Huntington Library and Art Museum, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Karol Wight, Executive Director and Curator of Ancient and Islamic Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass

Karol Wight became executive director and curator of ancient and Islamic glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in August 2011. In January of 2015 she was promoted to the position of President and Executive Director of the Museum, while still continuing her curatorial role. In addition to responsibility for all Museum activities, Wight oversees the Museum’s extensive collections and exhibitions program, the Rakow Research Library, The Studio, the Museum’s publications, its education programs, and conservation and scientific research for the collection. Previously Wight was senior curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. A specialist in ancient glass, she has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Ennion and his Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (Corning Museum of Glass, 2015), Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead (Corning Museum of Glass, 2013), and Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (Getty Villa, ongoing). Wight directed public programs and changing exhibits at the Getty Villa, and from 1997-2005 helped to oversee a $275 million renovation, expansion, and reinstallation of the Villa. Wight received her doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and holds a place on AAMD’s Art and Archaeology Task Force.


Additional Resources

Saving your Rookie Managers from Themselves,
by Carol A. Walker

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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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