December 9, 2016

Applications open for 2017 AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation
AAMC & AAMC Foundation 2016 Mentorship Program alumni reception. Courtesy of AAMC & AAMC Foundation.

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation has opened mentor and mentee applications for its 2017 Mentorship Program. The Program is available to curators that work directly with, collaborate with, or oversee contemporary art, architecture, design or decorative arts within the purview of curatorial work and expertise.

Supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AAMC President’s Circle, the Program helps to fulfill a key aspect of AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s mission to provide avenues for professional support and advancement to curators at all stages of their careers. Launched in 2012, the Program has supported over 20 mentoring pairs across the country, from all scales of institutions, areas of expertise, and field of focus. Applications for the 2017 class of mentors and mentees are due to AAMC no later than January 11, 2017, and more information about the application may be found on AAMC’s website here.

The 12-month Program pairs established curators with emerging curators based on a range of criteria, including field and discipline focus, professional interests, institutional background and stated advancement goals. Elements of the program include an appointed liaison from AAMC’s Career Support Committee, Program-specific webinars for both mentors and mentees, travel funding towards in-person meetings, an annual Alumni Reception held during AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Annual Conference & Meeting, access to a Program alumni chat room, and more. By providing both a structured platform for developing goals and benchmarks for advancement, and through encouraging a close rapport with their pairing, the Program provides the basis for lasting professional relationships and individual growth.

About AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming​
AAMC & AAMC Foundation provides several other programs and grants to its members in order to support their professional development and advancement and to further strengthen the curatorial field at large. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome provides essential funding to curators whose work requires research in Italy. Now accepting applications for the 2017–18 Fellowship through January 9, 2017, the Program honors exceptional curatorial vision, and has aided in the realization of projects essential to the furthering of curatorial discourse in a wide range of disciplines.

To learn more about AAMC’s grant programs, such as its Awards for Excellence, Travel Grant Program and more, visit For further information, please contact [email protected].

About AAMC & AAMC Foundation 
Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator’s role in art museums & other non-profit models through professional development programs, awards, and grants. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. All of the activities of AAMC & AAMC Foundation strive to be inclusive and representative of diversity: across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional position.

Individual membership within AAMC is open to art curators, regardless of geographic location, as we accept international members, with direct responsibility for works of art at non-profit organization. Membership is open to curators working in any field and with all levels of experience.


Applications open for 2017 AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program

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