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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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