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.

2021 Virtual Conference 

We acknowledge that there are great uncertainties towards gathering and traveling now and far into next year.  To assure our audience of access to the important conversations held during our Art Curators Conference, our 2021 edition will be held entirely on a virtual platform, with no in-person components planned. The program will include live and recorded panels, keynotes, and workshops, alongside networking and socializing opportunities.

2021 Art Curators Conference Theme and Call for Panels

For our 2021 Art Curators Conference, we ask members to submit panel proposals considering the meaning of the word identity. With a virtual platform, we hope that panels will present a wide geographical range of speakers--opening up a dialogue once prohibitive due to travel schedules.  Pre-recorded sessions addressing timezone concerns among speakers can be considered. The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation is seeking panel proposals considering the meaning of the word identity. 

Our visual arts community’s interpretation, promotion, and usage of, as well as its reaction to and impact on the concept of identity, offers varied possible dialogues. In selecting this topic, we anticipate proposals addressing identity and its complex relationship to individuals, communities, historical groups and lands; its impact on cultural heritage and preservation; its role in colonialism, racism, and the transfer of power; the labeling of canonical histories; its influence in the marketplace; in matters of individual and group bias; in collection building and issues of provenance; in shaping the 21st-century museum; the physical and virtual; and others. 

We request proposals considering the full spectrum of interpretations, looking at topics holistically and not solely through the curatorial lens. Panels should propose discussions acknowledging the community curators serve. Speakers from for-profit and non-profit sectors are welcome and are not limited to the visual arts sector.  

The 2021 Art Curators Conference will be held virtually April 29 - 30, and May 3 - 4, 2021.

Proposal Submission Details
 

  • Current AAMC members are invited to submit session proposals through this online portal no later than 12pm ET (noon) on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  
  • No late submissions are permitted.
  • Speakers, moderators, and panel organizers will not receive payment for taking part in the Conference.
  • As with all AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming and overall efforts, proposals should be inclusive of self-identifiers (by nation, gender, race, ethnicity), (dis)ability, and socioeconomic background, fields of expertise, types of organizations, and geographic locations.
  • Proposals should support a discussion model of presentation utilizing case studies and open dialogue. We do not accept sessions that engage panelists in presenting formal papers.
  • The selection process will be guided by the strength of the proposals and the need to create a balance between topics relevant to curators from a wide range of institutions and specializations. 
  • Conference proposals are subject to modification by AAMC (staff, leadership, etc) as part of the process of shaping the overall Conference program.   
  • Successful proposals will be notified in late November 2020.
  • New to this year’s process, panel proposals not selected to be part of the conference program may be selected to create a webinar based on their proposal.  As such, please be sure to select if you would be open to your application being considered for a webinar as well as a conference panel.
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