OVERVIEW

AAMC Foundation’s Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC) offers curators a rare and valuable platform for cross-cultural networking and exchange. By engaging with their counterparts, participants build and/or strengthen international relationships, lead multi-national conversations, and advance their professional skills. Partnerships are not project-based, but instead specifically focus on the reciprocity of information, experiences, and insights to help curators gain new perspectives, approach challenges with fresh ideas, and encourage global thinking.


VIRTUAL PROGRAM BENEFITS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Receive a stipend of $1,250 for the commitment to and participation in the program components detailed below.

2. Gain two-year full AAMC Foundation Community Access, including professional development activities and website, which includes professional resources, a webinar archive, and a member directory of 1,300 curators.

3. Participate in the 2021 Virtual Art Curators Conference and Virtual Alumni Reception in late April-early May.

4. Engage with US Liaison, including at least two video meetings between May 1 and November 1, 2021.

The pairing will discuss and develop the goals submitted within the Awardee’s application. While we welcome aims oriented around developing scholarly pursuits within the American Art parameters outlined above, we are seeking goals that focus on overall curatorial career and professional skill development. Areas of advancement could include research, project management, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships, and other such areas.

5. Collaborate with US Liaison to host one Curator Gathering on a topic of your choosing in fall/winter 2021. These 45-minute, confidential, virtual forums for curators are dedicated to networking and sharing content and advice.

6. Work together with the six program pairings to develop a webinar for the full AAMC Foundation audience.

7. Provide a mid-program check-in, a final report and program evaluation survey.


INTERNATIONAL AWARDEE REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants must be art curators at non-profit organizations, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with non-profit organizations will be considered. Please note that curators working in four-wall collecting and non-collecting, community based, and non-four wall organizations, are eligible.
  • All applicants must be nonprofit curators around the globe having worked or currently working within collections, exhibitions and/or 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; decorative arts; performance; and design (except industrial). Architecture and commercial film are excluded.
  • All applicants must be able to commit to participating in all program components at the time of application, including the all deadlines (non-negotiable).
  • INTERNATIONAL AWARDEES must live and work in the any country but the United States.


DEADLINE

  • Applications for the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators opens on Saturday, November 21 and the final deadline for submitting and application is 12pm ET on Friday, January 8.
  • Please ensure you fill out all of the required questions below, which are indicated with a red asterisk. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

The pairings are selected by a jury of curators and directors, including past program participants.  Meaningful matches are focused on the Awardee’s goals and the Liaison’s capacity to help in those areas. However, this is a dual program –and the U.S. Liaison will also expand their experiences by interaction with the Awardee.


ABOUT TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them.


ABOUT AAMC FOUNDATION

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation celebrates the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement. In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, the AAMC Foundation is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. It ensures that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.

OVERVIEW

AAMC Foundation’s Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC) offers curators a rare and valuable platform for cross-cultural networking and exchange. By engaging with their counterparts, participants build and/or strengthen international relationships, lead multi-national conversations, and advance their professional skills. Partnerships are not project-based, but instead specifically focus on the reciprocity of information, experiences, and insights to help curators gain new perspectives, approach challenges with fresh ideas, and encourage global thinking.


VIRTUAL PROGRAM BENEFITS & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Receive stipend of $500 for the commitment to and participation in the program components detailed below.

2. Attend the 2021 Virtual Art Curators Conference and Virtual Alumni Reception in late April-early May to support International Awardee.

3. Engage with International Awardee, including at least two video meetings between May 1 and November 1, 2021.

The pairing will discuss and develop the goals submitted within the Awardee’s application. While we welcome aims oriented around developing scholarly pursuits within the American Art parameters outlined above, we are seeking goals that focus on overall curatorial career and professional skill development. Areas of advancement could include research, project management, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships, and other such areas.

4. Collaborate with International Awardee to host one Curator Gathering on a topic of your choosing in fall/winter 2021. These 45-minute, confidential, virtual forums for curators are dedicated to networking and sharing content and advice.

5. Work together with the six program pairings to develop a webinar for the full AAMC Foundation audience.

6. Provide a final report and program evaluation survey.


U.S. LIAISON REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants must be art curators at non-profit organizations, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with non-profit organizations will be considered. Please note that curators working in four-wall collecting and non-collecting, community based, and non-four wall organizations, are eligible.
  • All applicants must be nonprofit curators around the globe having worked within collections, exhibitions and/or 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; decorative arts; performance; and design (except industrial). Architecture and commercial film are excluded.
  • All applicants must be able to commit to participating in a 12-month Program at the time of application, including the all deadlines (non-negotiable).
  • U.S. LIAISONS must live and work in the United States.


DEADLINE

  • Applications for the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators opens on Saturday, November 21 and the final deadline for submitting and application is 12pm ET on Friday, January 8.
  • Please ensure you fill out all of the required questions below, which are indicated with a red asterisk. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

The pairings are selected by a jury of curators and directors, including past program participants.  Meaningful matches are focused on the Awardee’s goals and the Liaison’s capacity to help in those areas. However, this is a dual program – and the U.S. Liaison will also expand their experiences by interaction with the Awardee.


ABOUT TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them.


ABOUT AAMC FOUNDATION

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation celebrates the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement. In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, the AAMC Foundation is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. It ensures that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.

DESCRIPTION

This category will honor a series of programs, resulting from a collaborative effort across multiple organizations. The curator and/or organization creating the series should be the nominated party. This series must be specifically created for the digital realm and hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. The original, curatorial content recognized in this category must be timely and responsive to current events, and explicitly in service towards community building. This does not include practicing art or craft classes or relaunching existing content.

Competitive nominations in this category should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented theme and goals that are well-researched and comprehensible.
  • Responsive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within museums and arts organizations, seeks to challenge and change traditional understandings of art and history, and contributes to art organizations as places for meaningful and timely public discourse and experience.
  • Well-chosen content, including speakers, objects, topics, and/or themes that are relevant to the program as well as the public interest.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, current social issues, social justice, and activism.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing boundaries and the subject matter forward.
  • Fosters engagement and connection between communities.
  • Created with a specific audience in mind, with thoughtful and exciting means of engagement and participation.
  • Takes advantage of accessible, inclusive, digital technologies and engaging innovative platforms, including but not limited to interactive elements, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Online program series must be hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Relaunched or rebranded lectures, videos, or other content are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominated programs must be freely accessible in the public domain.
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • Nominations must demonstrate a collaborative effort across multiple organizations. The curator and/or organization creating the series should be the nominated party. At least one of the nominated individuals must be a curator and eligible for AAMC membership.


NOMINATING NOTE

  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.


DEADLINE
The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.

 
VETTING PROCESS
AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

DESCRIPTION

This category will honor outstanding digital publications that were published between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 and offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field. The subject matter may cover any topic relevant to the curatorial field, however, we are specifically seeking to award original curatorial content that addresses issues in social justice, activism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nominations in this category must be created for the digital realm, for example the nomination cannot be PDF copy of print catalog.

Competitive Digital Publication nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and responsive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within museums and arts organizations.
  • Content that is curator-driven, i.e. researched, well-written, vetted, and perhaps peer-reviewed (the latter if applicable). 
  • Contain all the elements of a printed scholarly work (references, comparative images, conservation information, etc.).
  • Takes advantage of digital technologies, such as, interactive material, immersive technology, zoomable images, responsive design for multiple devices, overlays of conservation documentation, links to archival and/or other documentary material including audio or video.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, current social issues, social justice, and activism.
  • Advances the understanding of the subject content in new and engaging ways for all audiences.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging design elements, including but not limited to quality images and reproductions, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.
  • Time-stamped or fixed for eligibility; First introduction as a publication in 2020 (some digital publications are editioned, some constantly updated as dynamic). For example, digital publications produced as part of the Getty’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative have a permanent, fixed publication date to be cited by scholars (which requires a Persistent Uniform Resource Locator [PURL link] and easily citable text). 


ELIGIBILITY

  • Digital Publications must be published between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020.
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • At least one of the nominated individuals must be a curator and eligible for AAMC membership.


NOMINATING NOTE

  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.


DEADLINE

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

DESCRIPTION

This category will honor a single, stand-alone online program that was created specifically for the digital realm and was hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. The original, curatorial content recognized in this category must be timely and responsive to current events, and explicitly in service towards community building. This does not include practicing art or craft classes or relaunching existing content.

A series as a whole cannot be nominated–only single episodes are eligible for consideration. For example, one cannot nominate episodes 1, 2 and 3 from series x and one cannot nominate series x.  However, one can nominate episode 2 from series x.

Competitive nominations in this category should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented theme and goals that are well-researched and comprehensible. 
  • Responsive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within museums and arts organizations, seeks to challenge and change traditional understandings of art and history, and contributes to art organizations as places for meaningful and timely public discourse and experience.
  • Well-chosen content, including speakers, objects, topics, and/or themes that are relevant to the program as well as the public interest.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, current social issues, social justice, and activism.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing boundaries and the subject matter forward.
  • Foster engagement and connection between communities.
  • Created with a specific audience in mind, with thoughtful and exciting means of engagement and participation.
  • Takes advantage of accessible, inclusive, digital technologies and engaging innovative platforms, including but not limited to interactive elements, immersive technology translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Online program must be hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Relaunched or rebranded lectures, videos, or other content are not eligible for nomination.
  • Only single episodes in a program can be nominated. If part of a series, only one episode per series is eligible. 
  • Nominated programs must be freely accessible in the public domain. 
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • At least one of the nominated individuals must be a curator and eligible for AAMC membership.

 

NOMINATING NOTE

  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.


DEADLINE

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.

 
VETTING PROCESS

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

DESCRIPTION

This category will honor online educational or research-based curatorial resources that were launched between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 and address the inequities, racism and colonialism in our current historical narrative through cataloging, research, provenance, conservation, and more. This does not include programs or exhibitions. This is for direct online resources that are widely accessible and designed to have lasting impact. For example, this might include open curriculum or syllabus, object or collection-related videos, data visualization, reevaluation of online cataloging records, and updated provenance listings. 

Competitive nominations in this category should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clear and comprehensible purpose and use that presents a solution to an identifiable challenge.
  • responsive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within museums and arts organizations, seeks to challenge and change traditional understandings of art and history, and contributes to art organizations as places for meaningful and timely public discourse and experience.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, current social issues, social justice, and activism.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing boundaries and the subject matter forward.
  • Foster engagement and connection between communities.
  • Thoughtful means of audience engagement and participation.
  • A functional design that is easy to navigate and takes advantage of accessible, inclusive, digital technologies and engaging innovative platforms, including but not limited to interactive elements, immersive technology translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Online resources must be launched between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Relaunched or rebranded resources are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • At least one of the nominated individuals must be a curator and eligible for AAMC membership.


NOMINATING NOTE

  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.


DEADLINE

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

DESCRIPTION

This category will recognize online exhibitions created solely and exclusively for the digital realm that were on view between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Eligible nominations must have been hosted through an online alternative mode of presentation, such as a website, 360, AR, MR, VR, XR, web application, open source software (such as Google Arts and Culture), etc. These should be thematic and accessible to the public, giving the “visitor” an immersive, digital encounter with the exhibition. In addition, they should include a thesis, curatorial statement, labels/didactics, and a checklist of works of art/objects. Exhibitions that were mounted within a brick and mortar space, or intended for one, are not to be considered. 

Competitive Online Exhibition nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched and comprehensible.
  • Responsive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within museums and arts organizations, seeks to challenge and change traditional understandings of art and history, and contributes to art organizations as places for meaningful and timely public discourse and experience.
  • Well-chosen artworks, relative to both the exhibition or installation thesis as well as the public interest.
  • Connections to timely, current social issues and advances the understanding of its content in new and engaging ways.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing boundaries and the subject matter forward.
  • Fosters engagement and connection between communities.
  • Thoughtful and meaningful audience engagement and participation.
  • Takes advantage of accessible, inclusive, digital technologies and engaging innovative online exhibition design, including but not limited to interactive elements, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Online exhibition must be created solely and exclusively for the digital realm and on view between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Relaunched or recordings of exhibitions that already were mounted within a brick and mortar space are not to be considered.
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • Nominations must demonstrate a collaborative effort across multiple organizations. The curator and/or organization creating the series should be the nominated party. At least one of the nominated individuals must be a curator and eligible for AAMC membership.

 

NOMINATING NOTE

  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.


DEADLINE

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

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