Our monthly gatherings give participants an opportunity to informally chat about a dedicated topic that relates to their work as academic art museum professionals and the mission of their institutions.
If you are an academic art museum professional and would like to propose a topic for a Coffee Gathering, please contact Cali Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 392-4435).
In this Coffee Gathering Nicola Lees (Director and Curator of 80WSE at Steinhardt School at New York University), will discuss the role artists have played as self-organizers, as either curators or presenters of their own art and art by others. She will also discuss the ways artists have unlearned, dis-invented, and deliberately misunderstood how works of art are circulated and displayed within institutional practice.
In this Coffee Gathering Amber Inwood (Museum Education Specialist for the Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University) shared her experience developing a pilot training program for gallery educators, which focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"we are also very fortunate to have a design space that is very relatable and inclusive. The Barry Art Museums’ exhibition spaces are designed under the premise of the slow art movement. Essentially, the slow art movement is a design principle, but also a museum principle, in which the objects are placed within the space according to how they relate to one another. It is visitor centric. The number one goal is that any visitor coming into the space has an emotional connection. To give you an idea of an emotional connection, this space here is called 'A Passion for Color and Form'...
"I had a five-year-old little boy come in here and say to me that he felt like he was in a box of crayons."
In this Coffee Gathering Cali Buckley, CAA’s Grants and Special Programs Manager, discusses curating digital art with Professor C.J. Yeh and Exhibitions Manager Austin Thomas from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in house at CAA’s headquarters.
In this Coffee Gathering Dana Carlisle Kletchka, an Assistant Professor of Art Museum Education in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University discusses post-critical art museum education theory; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years.
This Coffee Gathering includes leaders and facilitators:
Saralyn Reece Hardy is the Marilyn Stokstad Director at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. Prior to her time there, she served as Director of Museums and Visual Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts and as Director of the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas.
Matthew Clay-Robison is Gallery Director at York College of Pennsylvania. His curatorial philosophy focuses on the intersection of visual art and social justice. His own work as an artist addresses sociopolitical issues through printmaking. He holds a BFA from the University of Connecticut and MFA from the University of Maryland.
Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary based in Brooklyn, NY. Bejar was a fellow at the New York Foundation for the Arts and received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund Grant and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, among others.
This Coffee Gathering features a special extended hour-and-a-half Coffee Gathering with our hosts, Jessica Cloer, Diane Hart, and Ariana Webber, as they discuss different models of student art lending programs at the Rose Art Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
This Coffee Gathering addresses different approaches to training instructors from any discipline to integrate permanent collections and special exhibitions into their teaching, highlights a recent faculty workshop model adopted by Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, and considers key partnerships within parent institutions to facilitate the training process. The discussion is led by Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, and co-facilitated by Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director of CAA.
The discussion is led by Berit Ness, Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.
This Coffee Gathering is led by Joyce Tsai, Curator at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Education, University of Iowa, and Director, Intermedia Research Initiative, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.