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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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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 15.
  • 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.


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.


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.


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.

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