The Governance & Nominating Committee of the AAMC & AAMC Foundation is seeking nominations to join our Board of Trustees.  AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board members are not exclusively curators, and self-nominations are open to non-curators, such as collectors, philanthropists, advisors, and others dedicated to our work.  We welcome and encourage international representation.

We are committed to a Board that is inclusive of self-identifiers, fields of expertise, types of organizations, and geographic locations.

The Board term is for a three-year commitment, with an option for renewal of another three years. An annual Board gift is required.  Newly elected Board members would formally begin service on January 1, 2021.  Additional information is provided below.


  • Shape and ensure adherence to and advance mission and vision statements.
  • Provide proper financial oversight. The Board must assist in developing the annual budget, ensure that proper financial controls are in place, and oversee prudent use of assets.
  • Provide adequate resources. Ensure that adequate financial support for staff and programming is in place for the organization to operate effectively.
  • Fundraise for the organization.  Actively seek support for the organization.
  • Make an annual contribution. Board members are responsible for contributing financially to the organization each year through a mandatory gift of $1,000 for those with an annual income at or above $75,000 and $500 for those below that mark.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and accountability. The Board is responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Ensure effective organizational planning. The Board must actively participate in implementing and monitoring the strategic plan’s goals and make sound and informed judgments about its implementation.
  • Act with duty of loyalty. When acting on behalf of the organization, Board members must put the interests of the AAMC & AAMC Foundation before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interest.
  • Advocate for the organization and the curatorial profession at large.  The Board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the greater arts community for both the organization and the curatorial profession at large.
  • Enact AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Inclusion and Access Statement within the organization, the Board and in the curatorial community at large. All of AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s programming and overall efforts shall strive to be representative of diversity: across self-identifications, fields of expertise, types of institution (museums, non-four wall art organizations, national or international), and regional position, of participants.
  • Assess Board performance. The Board is responsible evaluating its own performance periodically and comprehensively.
  • Recruit members to AAMC. The Board is responsible for recruiting new members to AAMC, and for recruiting new members to the Board.
  • Actively participate in the organization’s activities. Board members are expected to attend all Board Meetings either in person or by telephone, and to attend AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming whenever possible.
  • Support the Executive Director. The Board should ensure that the Executive Director has the moral and professional support that the individual needs to further the goals of the organization. Not make special requests of the internal team. 
  • Select the Executive Director. Boards must reach consensus on the Executive Director’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position, should it be vacated.



Governance and Volunteerism

  • Prepare for, attend and participate in (either in person or virtually) all Board meetings for the full agenda.
  • Serve on a committee, as a juror, and/or be actively engaged in an aspect of the organization’s work.
  • Understand and follow the organization’s articles, bylaws and Board policies, including signing the conflict of interest material provided.
  • Make decisions at the Board level that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Attend programs and activities of the organization, including the Annual Conference & Meeting, except in extenuating circumstances.


  • Read and understand the organization’s budget.
  • Review the audit material.

 Fundraising and Giving

  • Actively participate in fundraising for the organization.
  • Ensure completion of giving as a Board member:     
    • AAMC & AAMC Foundation have a $500 (annual salary below $75,000) and $1,000 (annual salary at or above $75,000) minimum Board giving policy for each Board member.  It can be made in full or in installments throughout the FY, which is January 1 and December 31.  Should this pledge prove daunting, please speak with our leadership. Board giving cannot be combined with or recognized in kind for/with membership, annual fund, or circle gifts.
    • Board members that are eligible for membership, are also required to be current members.  Membership is annual. Non-curatorial board members who do not qualify for membership can support via the annual fund.
    • Board members also should attend the Annual Conference & Meeting.



  • Reflect an understanding of current issues/trends related to the curatorial profession and the larger art world.
  • Know and speak clearly to how the organization functions, our work and our mission.
  • Put inclusivity and accessibility at the forefront of their efforts. Together we will ensure the profession embraces collegiality, equity, inclusiveness, access, advocacy, and mentorship at its core.

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