August 21, 2017

Carleton University and National Gallery of Canada to Offer Curatorial Program

OTTAWA, CANADA—Carleton University and the National Gallery of Canada have partnered to offer a one-year graduate program in curatorial studies, reports Clare Rayment for The Charlatan. Ming Tiampo, Carleton University art history professor and director of the university’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, will lead the course.

Recognizing the need for curatorial students to receive institutional training after serving as co-curator of Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim Museum in 2013, Tiampo collaborated with the National Gallery of Canada to create a curatorial program and syllabus. The program, currently in a pilot period with an expected launch this fall, will feature minimal required courses and is designed to be followed with other degree courses. Scholarships for travel and international research will also be made available.

“From this program, students can hope to receive a behind-the-scenes look at how museums work, which includes observing meetings like out exhibition program committee, loans review, and curatorial acquisition meetings, and which allows them quite unusual access to the operations of a big museum,” said program assistant curator Erika Dolphin. “This, in conjunction with the course materials, gives the students a very solid grounding in the issues confronted by art museums today.”

Applications will be accepted until September 1.

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