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RAAMP Newsletter October 2019

RAAMP continues to be a nexus of activities for academic art museum professionals, and seeks to foster creative dialogues about pressing issues in the field. With an increased circulation of new resources, our repository of information grows on a daily basis, and we hope you will continue to contribute your knowledge as this project evolves.
RSVP to our next Coffee Gathering: Designing a Collection Plan

On Tuesday, October 22 at 3 PM (EST), our online Coffee Gathering will focus on the process of creating Collection Plans in academic art museums. Through a series of questions, we will explore who should be involved in creating a Collection Plan, what information it should provide, and who it should serve. In discussing these topics, we hope to have related conversations about the challenges and opportunities creating a Collection Plan can provide staff and institutions.
This topic has emerged from the curious lack of publicly available collection plan examples. We hope to provide colleagues in academic art museums the opportunity to connect and share their experiences with writing collection plans.
Questions we will discuss include:
  • What sections should be included?
  • How does the collection plan integrate others, such as the university’s strategic plan, interpretive plan, and/or collections management policy?
  • Who should be involved in creating the document?
  • How might an academic art museum include their various communities in the process?
  • With colleagues in your museums, how do you successfully have conversations on how to limit or focus a collection, especially at an encyclopedic museum?
  • How might this document be helpful for donors?
  • Do you share your collection plan publicly?
  • How often do you revisit and revise your collection plan?
To RSVP to this online coffee gathering, please email Olivia Knauss at

RAAMP Coffee Gatherings are monthly virtual chats aimed at giving participants an opportunity to informally discuss a topic that relates to their work as academic art museum professionals. Learn more here.
Coffee Gathering: Curatorial Work as Academic Labor Recording Available
On September 24th, we spoke with Meredith Lynn, Assistant Curator at Florida State University, and Claire L. Kovacs, Curator at Binghamton University Art Museum, about the survey they created to better understand the range of job titles, descriptions, and promotional review criteria their colleagues in academic museums. Shared through the AAMG listserv and after receiving over 80 responses, they analyzed and presented their findings at the AAMG Conference in 2019. In this Coffee Gathering, Lynn and Kovacs discussed next steps for this study, negotiation strategies and tools for those seeking promotions, tenure track verses non-tenure track staff positions, and the importance of formal and informal mentorship in the workplace and through professional organizations.
You can find the Coffee Gathering recording, and all of the resources they discussed, here.
Upcoming Coffee Gathering: Campus Loan Plans & Policies
Last year, RAAMP hosted a Coffee Gathering on the topic of campus loan program models that are structured to lend artwork to students for their dorm rooms (Is that a Picasso in Your Dorm Room?). But how does an academic art museum manage a campus loan program which loans artwork across campus? What kind of policy may help in keeping these kinds of programs manageable? Stay tuned – more information to follow!
Propose a Coffee Gathering!
RAAMP’s Coffee Gatherings have given participants an opportunity to connect with their colleagues from the field and chat about their work as academic art museum professionals, the mission of their institutions, and the innovative solutions they craft to deal with challenges specific to academic museums and galleries.
If you have a topic in mind that you would like to see discussed or are interested in hosting a RAAMP Coffee Gathering, please email
Possible topics include:
  • Collecting for the Academic Museum
  • Researching Provenance at an Academic Museum
  • Balancing Teaching and Curating
  • Staying Engaged in the Field
  • Curating in the #MeToo Era
  • Cultivating Talent
  • Integrating the Arts
  • Controversial exhibitions on campus
  • Using Social Media to connect on campus
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
  • Professional Development and Advocacy
  • Student-Faculty-Curator-Librarian Relations and Engagement
  • Controversy and Problem-Solving
  • Pedagogy and Resources
  • Funding and Development
Submitting Resources to RAAMP
If you would like to submit resources, articles, or job postings that you think may be of interest to the academic art museum community, you may do so here or email
 Latest News and Resources
Detroit Institute of Arts names Judith F. Dolkart as Deputy Director
Judith Dolkart, formerly the Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, will transition into a new position as the Deputy Director at the Detroit Institute of Arts in January 2020. In her new role, she will oversee the museum’s Curatorial and Learning and Audience Engagement. [Art Daily]
Eskenazi Museum of Art Announces Gift in Support of New Commons in the Center for Education
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has announced a gift from Indiana University alums, Patrick and Jane Martin. Their gift will allow the museum to provide a common space, seating up to 90 people, for talks, performances, and programming. [Art Daily]
Sizable Gifts to Help the University of Montana Build Art Museum
Terry and Patt Payne have gifted $5 million to the University of Montana to fund the construction of a new museum – the Montana Heritage Pavilion. The Payne family gift will allow the university to display its 11,000-object permanent collection which has been tucked away in storage for lack of exhibition space. [Missoula Current]
If Culture Sector Employers Want Equality, Post Salary and Benefits With Job Descriptions
Art + Museum Transparency, the advocacy group responsible for the Salary Transparency Spreadsheet and the Unpaid Internship Spreadsheet has written an article for Hyperallergic, urging employers to post salaries and benefits with job descriptions. The group argues that these efforts would help ensure greater equity in the field. [Hyperallergic]
See more on RAAMP’s News and Announcements site.
 Featured Opportunities
Assistant Registrar - University of Pennsylvania
The Assistant Registrar acts as a Collections Liaison for galleries and exhibitions, processes objects, carries out condition reports, arranges courier trips for outgoing loans, works with the EMu collections database, and provides support to the collections staff when needed. 
Curator of Public Programs – Fowler Museum, UCLA
The Curator of Public Programs is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the Museum's programmatic offerings to enhance and broaden engagement with the Museum for the general public and the UCLA community.
Collections and Faculties Manager – Purdue Gallery, Purdue University
The Collections and Facilities Manager is responsible for producing high-quality exhibitions, completing projects on time and on budget. They will also manage collections, facilities, and conservation budgets and act as a registrar. Working with campus groups, they will oversee art installed on campus and serve as a campus advisor for art acquisitions. They will also work with director to identify, write and prepare grants.
Art Preparator – Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College
The Art Preparator will work closely with the Gallery Director to complete tasks related to the safe and respectful installation, display, packing, and transport of art objects. Additionally, they will assist with building display items such as pedestals and shelves, custom crating, framing and mat cutting. They will also work collaboratively with collectors, artists, art professionals, faculty, students, and classes.
See more on RAAMP’s Jobs, Internships, and Opportunities site.
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