Networked Curator: Digital Literacy Workshop for Art Curators

AAMC Foundation’s Networked Curator is a professional development initiative for nonprofit art curators that advance overall digital skills and vocabulary, enables them to better understand the resources and possibilities of the sector, and empowers them to collaborate and actively participate in related initiatives. Applicants are required to have a minimum of at least 5–7 years of direct curatorial experience, as well as moderate experience with, dedicated commitment to and interest in responsibility for digital projects. Each application will require submission of an individual curatorial project which they will work to integrate program learning into during the course, this project can be a temporary exhibition, permanent collection, publication or other organizational based related. Up to 15 participants will be selected through an application process for this career advancement experience.

Fellows selected to the 2020 program will:
–conduct introductory pre-program virtual meetings;
–engage in pre-program learning;
–participate in an immersive three-day program with a peer cohort held in Miami, Florida;
–augment their technological capacity by advancing an individual curatorial project which they bring to the workshop and reflect on throughout the program;
–and expand their knowledge, network, and perspective by contributing at the Museum Computer Network’s annual conference in Baltimore, MD.

All participants are provided funding to accommodate their attendance at these events, in addition to other benefits that are outlined below in greater detail.

Program components

(1) Introductions & pre-program learning
At the start of the Program, participants will participate in an introductory video meeting to share their goals and ambitions with their colleagues, funders, facilitators, and speakers for the program. Additionally, participants will be responsible for reviewing reading materials and completing 4–5 assignments over the course of April–June.

(2) Invitation to exclusive AAMC Foundation program alumni reception at the Art Curators Conference in 2020 and 2021

(3) Miami residency
A three-day intensive residency hosted in Miami, Florida from July 29–31, 2020 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel will serve as the foundation for the Networked Curator program experience, leveraging Miami’s arts community as a catalyst for learning and development. It is designed to bring together leading voices in digital to help participants visualize collaborative relationships, explore partnered project development methods, and walk through realized objectives. In addition, a closing evening event on the final day will provide additional opportunities for networking and learning.

(4) MCN conference
The program stipend is also expected to cover travel and registration to attend the Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference that will take place in Baltimore, MD on November 10–13, 2020. Attendance is required as awardees will be paired with a MCN leader to advance project development and participate in an AAMC Foundation organized program.

(5) Reporting and follow-up
All participants will give a final presentation via a virtual convening in January 2021. They will also be required to complete a Program final report and program evaluation survey. Follow-up and commitments beyond the Program would continue through opportunities for alumni communications, such as invitations to AAMC Foundation Annual Program Alumni Receptions.

Eligibility requirements

Find all eligibility requirements and more information on our website.

The final deadline for submitting an application is 12pm ET on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions.

For more information, see:


Call for Nominations: AAMC Awards for Excellence

Know a curator who is creating groundbreaking new work?

Nominate them for Association of Art Museum Curators’ Awards for Excellence, the annual prize dedicated to recognizing both affiliated and independent curators whose work offers new methodologies, considers the public’s understanding, and advances the field. Since their launch in 2004, nearly 200 curators have received an award from AAMC. Click here to view past Awards for Excellence recipients.

Only affiliated and independent curator(s) working in the nonprofit sector can receive an award. All nominations must be submitted by AAMC members in good standing. Those in other fields and in for-profit settings cannot be nominated. Self-nominations are welcome, encouraged, and will receive the same consideration as other nominations.

A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or more of the following categories for work on view or published between January 1 and December 31, 2019:

  • Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue
  • Exhibition or Installation
  • Article or Essay (digital or print)
  • Digital Publication

Awardees are kept confidential until they are announced at the Annual Conference & Meeting during an Awards for Excellence reception on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Seattle, Washington, USA. We hope that all Awardees will be able to join us at the event. Ability to attend the event does not influence the award selection process.

All nominations must be submitted through our online portal by 12 PM ET on Monday, December 2. The deadline is fast approaching, so click here to submit your nomination today!

2020 Engagement Program for International Curators

Type: Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges [View all]
Posted by: AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Deadline: Thu, October 24th, 2019

AAMC Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Engagement Program for International Curators!

Application deadline: 12PM Noon EST on 24 October, 2019

This program offers a 12-month partnership between US and international curators dedicated to professional development and exchange, thanks to major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Its framework for exchange also includes travel funding, networking, and other benefits, outlined in greater detail at: Continue reading “2020 Engagement Program for International Curators”

Curatorial Work as Academic Labor | Recording and Resources

On Tuesday, September 24, at 3 PM (EST), our Coffee Gathering featured Meredith Lynn, Assistant Curator at Florida State University, and Claire L. Kovacs, Curator of Binghamton University Art Museum. To better understand the range of job descriptions and promotional review criteria that apply to those who do curatorial work at academic museums or galleries, Lynn and Kovacs created a survey to gather information from their colleagues in academic museums and galleries. They presented their findings at AAMG in 2019 and again last week in the Coffee Gathering.

Meredith Lynn is an artist, curator, and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. In her art practice, she frequently explores the historical, political, and social issues surrounding land management and ownership. Her curatorial specialty is contemporary art, with a particular focus in interactive and new media art. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Northern Lights, and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and most recently shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Arcata, California and the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Alabama. She is the curator of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University where she also teaches in the Department of Art.

Claire L. Kovacs is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Binghamton University. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University – all in art history. She has curated exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, Coe College, Krasl Art Center, DePaul University, and at Augustana College, where she was (until recently) the Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Her strategies for curatorial work and programming emphasize the ways that academic museums explore contemporary issues, foster interdisciplinary inquiry, create space for a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, and function as a site of dynamic community engagement. She underscores intersectional equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in her curatorial work. Her research practice grapples with ways that art historical research can support ‘The Common Good’ (to borrow a phrase from the NEH), using curatorial practice and writing as a mechanism by which to amplify under-told stories.

Negotiation Resources

Association of Art Museum Directors, AAMD Salary Survey, 2019.

Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want. Bantam Books, 2008.

Gender Equity In Museums’ 5 Things You Need to Know

Museum Workers’ Salaries’ Google Sheet

POWarts Salary Survey 2019


Presentation Sources

AAMG Professional Practices for Academic Museums & Galleries.  Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, 2017.

Bozeman, Barry, and Monica Gaughan. “Job Satisfaction among University Faculty: Individual, Work, and Institutional Determinants.”  The Journal of Higher Education 82, no. 2 (April 2011): 154–186.

Campbell, Corbin M., and KerryAnn O’Meara. “Faculty Agency: Departmental Contexts That Matter in Faculty Careers.”  Research in Higher Education 55 (2014): 49–74.

Glesne, Corrine.  The Campus Art Museum: A Qualitative Study. IV. Challenges and Conditions of Success for Campus Art Museums.  The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 2012.

Harris, Michael S., and Matthew Hartley. “Witch-Hunting at Crucible University: The Power and Peril of Competing Organizational Ideologies.”  The Journal of Higher Education 82, no. 6 (December 2011): 691–719.

Hermanowicz, Joseph C. “Classifying Universities and Their Departments: A Social World Perspective.”  The Journal of Higher Education 76, no. 1 (February 2005): 26–55.

Horton, Susan. “High Aspirations: Differences in Employee Satisfaction Between University Faculty and Staff.” Applied Research in Quality of Life 1 (2006): 315–322.

Jackson, J. Kasi, Melissa Latimer, and Rachel Stoiko. “The Dynamic between Knowledge Production and Faculty Evaluation: Perceptions of the Promotion and Tenure Process across Disciplines.”  Innovative Higher Education 42 (2017): 193–205.

Kosteas, Vasilios D. “Job Satisfaction and Promotions.”  Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 50, no. 1 (January 2011): 174–194.

Lawrence, Janet H., Sergio Celis, and Molly Ott. “Is the Tenure Process Fair?: What Faculty Think.”  The Journal of Higher Education 85, no. 2 (April 2014): 155–192.

Logan, Dave, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright.  Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization.  New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

Moorman, R.H. “Relationship between Organizational Justice and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: Do Fairness Perceptions Influence Employee Citizenship?” Journal of Applied Psychology 76 (n.d.): 845–855.

Museum Workers Share Their Salaries and Urge Industry-Wide Reform, n.d.

Ponjuan, Luis, Valerie Martin Conley, and Cathy Trower. “Career Stage Differences in Pre-Tenure Track Faculty Perceptions of Professional and Personal Relationships with Colleagues.”  The Journal of Higher Education 82, no. 3 (June 2011): 319–346.

POWarts Salary Survey, n.d.

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Professional Organizations 

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)

AAMC Mentorship Program

Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)

The Getty Leadership Institute

The Getty Leadership Institute – NextGen 


CAA Resources Discussed

CAA’s Guidelines for Retention and Tenure of Art and Design Faculty 

108th CAA Annual Conference in Chicago