The Association of Art Museum Curators

Founded in 2001, the mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator’s role in art museums through professional development programs, awards, and grants. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators will continue to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community.

Our work supports our more than 1300 members from over 400 institutions located in 18 countries, as well as our non-member communities of curators and art organizations worldwide.

AAMC Foundation’s Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC) offers curators a rare and valuable platform for cross-cultural connections and relationship building. Application closes January 8th, 2021.

AAMC Foundation’s Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC) offers curators a rare and valuable platform for cross-cultural connections and relationship building. Participants gain new perspectives, partake in multi-national conversations, and advance professional skills. The 2021 EPIC program is entirely virtual and will award six International Awardees and six U.S. Liaisons.

With inclusion spanning 27 countries, the AAMC Foundation creates and strengthens international relationships between curators by providing a cross-cultural platform and programming. Specifically, EPIC has connected 28 curators from 9 countries, including support for curators from the United Kingdom, made possible by the Art Fund, in addition to our American Art-focused program. As we celebrate our fifth year of EPIC engagement, we are pleased to bring curators this opportunity again.

Applications become available on Saturday, November 21, 2020 and are open to nonprofit curators around the globe having worked or currently working within collections, exhibitions and/or currently with projects in development that explore historical art of the United States (c. 1500-1980), including Native American Art and U.S. Latinx Art, as well as painting; sculpture; works on paper, such as prints, drawing and photography; de corative arts; performance; and design (except industrial). Architecture and commercial film are excluded.

The final deadline to apply is 12pm ET on Friday, January 8 This program is made possible through the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

2021 VIRTUAL PROGRAM BENEFITS

The program is fully funded for participants and the application process is free and available online. Pairings are introduced in February 2021 and meet virtually at least twice to advance shared interests, goals, and dialogues. They will work together to host a Curator Gathering, an informal 45-minute peer-to-peer discussion open to our curatorial community on a topic of their choosing in the fall/winter 2021. Together, the full 2021 cohort will collaborate to create a free and open webinar for the larger AAMC Foundation network. The program ends in December 2021.

International Awardees receive a stipend to participate and gain access to the full AAMC Foundation community, in addition to the Art Curators Conference and Program Alumni reception. U.S. Liaisons receive a stipend for their commitment and partnership with their international counterpart.

ELIGIBILITY TO 2021 EDITION

  • International Awardee can live and work in any country outside the United States. They must be working with or on a project focusing on historic American Art as outlined above.
  • U.S. Liaison must live and work in the United States. They must be working with or on a project focusing  on historic American Art as outlined above.
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