2019 Curatorial Awards for Excellence

The Association of Art Museum Curators recently announced the recipients of Curatorial Awards for Excellence. The annual, peer-juried Award recognizes curators from around the country for groundbreaking projects that have advanced new methodologies, scholarship, and inclusion and access within the arts.  [AAMC]

Conference: Teaching & Learning with Museum Exhibitions — Innovations across the Disciplines

On Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 Skidmore College will be hosting a conference on exhibition-based pedagogy sponsored by The Teagle Foundation. It is the culmination of a three-year collaboration by faculty members and museum staff at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany, State University of New York. Open to the public, it will feature various opportunities to discuss the educational potential of museum objects for teaching and learning in all disciplines, and to explore the vital role of museums at both liberal arts colleges and research universities.

For more information, see the announcement:


Apply to Join the CAA Council of Readers

Beginning this year, we are pleased to announce a new opportunity to help shape Annual Conference session content. In preparation for the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, the Annual Conference Committee will appoint a Council of Readers to read proposals submitted by CAA members and serve a crucial role in the review process.

The Council will be tasked with reading proposals within their specialty and will provide the knowledge and expertise of their fields to help shape the conference. Continue reading “Apply to Join the CAA Council of Readers”

Call for applications: NEH Summer Programs for K-12 Teachers and College Faculty

NEH Summer Programs 

for K-12 Educators and Faculty in Higher Education

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops grants broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities by supporting professional development programs, specifically designed for a national audience of K-12 educators or faculty in higher education. The programs provide one- to four-week opportunities for participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities. They take place throughout the United States and participant stipends help cover travel and living expenses.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
• focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources;
• provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching;
• contribute to the intellectual growth of the participants; and
• build lasting communities of inquiry.

NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops
• employ a place-based approach;
• teach historic sites through critical interpretation; and
• explore central themes in American history and government, literature, art, music, and related humanities subjects.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

For a list of the workshops, seminars, and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2019, along with eligibility and application requirements, please visit

Editorial: Museum Symposium Presents Opportunity to Evaluate Western Canon at Oberlin, Broader Academia

Kate Fishman and Katie Lucey, the arts editors for The Oberlin Review, reflect on the necessity increased representation of underrepresented artists and curators and the need for academic courses outside of the Western-based cannon of art. This reflection comes in the wake of the Allen Memorial Art’s recent “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now” symposium. (The Oberlin Review)

Image above by Claire Wang

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”