Open Position: Collections Curator, Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University is seeking applications for a Collections Curator. The position will manage all aspects of the museum’s permanent art collection including conservation, documentation, storage, research and acquisition of works of art. Contribute to preparing educational materials for collection items on display. Support the staff running the educational program for all age groups including research and planning for museum tours. Continue reading “Open Position: Collections Curator, Northern Michigan University”

Help Shape CAA’s New Guidelines for Addressing Changes to Visual Arts Programs at Colleges and Universities

About the Project:

Over the past few months there have been an alarming number of colleges and universities throughout the nation—from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point to University of Texas at Austin—taking actions we perceive as detrimental to the education of future generations in the arts and humanities, particularly in the fields of art history, studio art, and design.

From our perspective, in many instances, it appears that decisions to merge departments, eliminate degrees, or reduce libraries are largely transactional in nature, designed to balance present-day budgets. Continue reading “Help Shape CAA’s New Guidelines for Addressing Changes to Visual Arts Programs at Colleges and Universities”

For Education Initiative, Studio Museum in Harlem Places Reproductions of Works in Its Collection in Neighborhood Schools and Libraries

The Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a new initiative titled “Find Art Here,” which will see reproductions of works from its collection go on display at public schools, libraries, and service centers across Harlem. The museum began installing these reproductions at the end of September at the initiative’s participating organizations, who collaborated with the museum to choose the works. They will host work by artists that the museum has supported throughout its history, including Derrick Adams, Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and Stephanie Weaver. (ARTnews)

Indiana University Receives Transformative Gift of African Art

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art and the School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University recently received an estate gift, with an estimated value of close to $4 million, from painter, collector and IU Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts William “Bill” Itter.

Itter’s unique gift to the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art includes an exceptional collection of more than 500 ethnographic objects composed primarily of African ceramics, textiles and baskets. (Press release)

Joseph Antenucci Becherer Appointed Director of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art

Joseph Antenucci Becherer, the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been named director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

At Notre Dame, Becherer will lead a staff of 16 responsible for exhibition development and educational programs that serve Notre Dame’s students and faculty, as well as primary and secondary school students who visit the museum. He also will play a major role in helping design the University’s new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame, scheduled to open in 2021. (Press release)

CAA Conversations Podcast: Martha Hollander and Tyler Rockey on web-based tools in the art history classroom

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

In this edition, Martha Hollander and Tyler Rockey discuss web-based tools and approaches in the art history classroom.

Martha Hollander is a professor of art history at Hofstra University. Tyler Rockey is an adjunct professor of art history at Neumann University.

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2019 AAMG Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

Learning Laboratory and Community Center: Positioning the Academic Museum for Success
University of Minnesota | Conference Dates: June 27-30, 2019

Both higher education and civic responsibility are under siege today by economic, cultural, and political forces.  Yet both are essential for a robust democracy. What can those of us working in academic museums and galleries do to help reverse this trend, and how do we advocate effectively for this work among our key stakeholders?

This year’s AAMG Annual Conference at the University of Minnesota invites you to reflect upon our relevance to parent institutions and local communities. Can we effectively bridge increasingly polarized values and priorities among our broad constituencies and still fulfill our mission and core values?  How do we mentor students in the digital age? And what can we do to transform our institutions to reflect shifting demographics, financial challenges, and new learning methodologies?

We invite you to submit conference proposals that address these questions and topics. Please submit your proposal using this link by December 1, 2018.  Continue reading “2019 AAMG Annual Conference: Call for Proposals”

Seven tips for greater accessibility at events from AAM

In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.

In this article, Nicole Smith of the Kennedy Center provides seven tips for museum professionals on how to make public programs more accessible. (AAM)