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Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals
A project of CAA, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

RAAMP Newsletter August 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: Institution as Material
On Wednesday, August 14 at 2:00 PM (EST) we will be online with Nicola Lees, Director and Curator of 80WSE, a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art located in Washington Square, New York, under the pedagogical wing of its parent organization, the Steinhardt School at New York University.

Nicola will discuss the role artists have played as self-organizers, as either curators or presenters of their own art and art by others. She will also discuss the ways artists have unlearned, dis-invented, and deliberately misunderstood how works of art are circulated and displayed within institutional practice.
To RSVP to this online coffee gathering, please email Laura Busby at:

From 2012-2015 Nicola Lees was the Curator for Frieze Projects; leading the annual not-for-profit program featuring artist commissions, film, and music at Frieze London. In 2015, Lees was also curator of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Lees was previously Senior Curator at the Serpentine Gallery (London), where she oversaw interdisciplinary, time-based and performance projects and artist commissions as well as Park Nights, initiating the Serpentine Cinema series, and the Serpentine Gallery Marathon (co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist) from 2008-2012. Lees has also curated exhibitions at Malmö Konsthall in 2015 as well as Left Pop Bringing it Home at the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007. At the Irish Museum of Modern Art she worked on key solo exhibitions by Alex Katz, Miroslaw Balka, Georgia O’Keefe, Nalini Malani and a group exhibition curated with Philippe Parreno. Nicola Lees (b. London) lives and works in New York.

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: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Recording Available
Last month, Cali Buckley, Grants and Special Programs Coordinator and RAAMP Coordinator, along with Laura Busby, RAAMP Projects Assistant, spoke with Amber Inwood, Museum Education Specialist for the Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University, who shared her experience developing a pilot training program for gallery educators, which focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Watch the recording here.
Amber has also kindly permitted RAAMP to provide her contact information for others to be in touch with any questions about the pilot training program: Phone: (757) 683-4669
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 to RAAMP, you may do so here or email
Latest News and Resources
The American Alliance of Museums Reveals 51 Museums as Part of National Initiative to Diversify Museum Boards and Leadership
The AAM revealed the name of museums to take part in a national initiative referred to as Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion. Among the museums included are UC Berkley Art Museum and the Weisman Art Museum located at the University of Minnesota.
CAA Interviews Recently Retired Director of the Yale Center for British Art
CAA interviewed Amy Meyers, former Director of the Yale Center for British Art, who recently retired from her post after seventeen years.
Advocating for Scholars to Share Their Work in Equitable, Open, and Transparent Systems
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities at Michigan State University and Project Director for Humanities Commons shares her thoughts on the future of academic scholarship and makes an argument for moving from to non-profit scholarly networks grounded in academic values.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Awards $750,000 to Projects Enhancing Audience Engagement Through Immersive Technology
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partnered with Microsoft to provide funding for art institutions to collaborate with technologists. Recipients of the funding include Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to develop a system of smart labels that combine ultra-thin touch displays and microcomputers to deliver interactive informational content about artwork to audiences. 
CAA Reviews: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology
Hazel Clark, Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York unpacks the controversial color pink’s 150-year complex history and transcendent qualities for
Institutional Portraits Lacking Diversity Create Unwelcoming Environment on Campuses
It’s not just you, those oil paintings of all white men hanging on the walls of higher education spaces make many others feel uncomfortable and excluded too. A survey conducted by Yale Med Students found that participants felt these paintings lack diverse representation and reinforce their institution’s values of whiteness, elitism, maleness, and power. 
See more on RAAMP’s News and Announcements site.
Featured Opportunities
Associate Director, Museum Affairs and Guest Services – University of Chicago
The University of Chicago invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Director, Museum Affairs and Guest Services with a specialization in facilities and visitor service.
Project Conservator – University of Pennsylvania
The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work on monumental Egyptian stone sculpture and architectural elements, under the supervision of the Lead Exhibition Conservator.
Curator, College of Visual Arts & Design Art Galleries – University of North Texas
The College of Visual Arts & Design (CVAD) Department at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire a Curator to join their team.
Associate Director, Campus and Community Education and Engagement – The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University seeks an experienced transformative, dynamic, strategic thinker.
Associate Art Collection Registrar – Tufts Art Gallery at Tufts University
The Associate Registrar and Collections Care Specialist works under the supervision of the Registrar and facilitates care and control of physical objects. Activities include cataloguing objects, art handling, exhibition support and records management.
Field Trip Program Educator (Temporary/Hourly) – University of Washington
Under the general supervision of the Museum Field Trip Program Manager, the Museum Educator for Field Trip Programs (FTP) is responsible for the delivery of a variety of educational programs designed for groups of PreK – 12th grade students who visit the museum.
Temporary Researcher in Native American Art – The Princeton University Art Museum
The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking a casual hire Researcher in Native American Art to produce interpretation for the exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing.
Laporte Associate Curator – The University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art
As an essential member of ICA’s curatorial team, work closely with Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator to extend creative vision of the museum through curation of exhibitions and production of catalogues and programs. Develop and share curatorial expertise.
See more on RAAMP’s Jobs, Internships, and Opportunities site.
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