The Engagement Program for International Curators is a 12-month Program accepting TWO non-US based curators (International Awardees) and TWO US-based curators (US Liaisons) working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance.
Each International Awardee is paired with a US Liaison for a year-long partnership (beginning January 2019) dedicated to professional development and exchange in areas of advancement including but not limited to research, project management, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships. The Program includes travel funding for Awardees, a participant stipend for US Liaisons, networking, and other benefits, which are outlined below in greater detail. Two pairings are awarded each year.
1. Partnership between US Liaison & International Awardee
- The pairing will discuss and develop the goals submitted within the Awardee’s application. While we welcome goals 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.
- The pairing will define and maintain regular correspondence, with at least two conversations to take place over AAMC's Zoom video conference platform.
- The pairing will have one in-person meeting at the US Liaison’s institution, between October and December 2019. This trip is not expected to last more than 5 business days.
2. AAMC Membership
AAMC will arrange a complimentary 1-year membership for each Liaison, giving full access to all our professional development activities, interactive website which includes professional resources, our salary survey, and a member forum and directory.
3. Webinar Presentation by Program Participants
The two pairings of Awardee and Liaisons will meet virtually, organized and overseen by AAMC, to develop a webinar for the full AAMC membership. The four individuals will then develop the content and speakers for the program on a topic approved by AAMC. The webinar should take place in September 2019.
4. Annual Program Alumni Reception
Bringing together Program participants through an alumni reception is an important part of continuing to layer opportunities for discussions, collaborations, and support. The event is on Sunday, May 5, 2019, NYC.
5. Participation Stipend
US Liasons receive a stipend of $500 for the commitment to and participation in the program.
6. Reporting and Follow-up
All participants are expected to submit a mid-program check-in, final report, and Program evaluation survey. Follow-up and commitments beyond the 12-month Program would continue as email introductions are made to incoming Program participants and through personal invitations to future Annual Program Alumni Receptions.
- 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, at any location in the globe are eligible.
- All applicants must be with or have worked with exhibitions, collections and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance.
- 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), timelines, and travel.
- The pairing will have one in-person meeting at the US Liaison’s institution, between October and December 2019. As such, US Liasions must be able to commit to hosting the International Awardee at the time of application.
Applications for the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators opens on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and the final deadline for submitting and application is 12pm ET on Monday, November 5, 2018.
Only complete applications will be accepted and reviewed. 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.
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.