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

RAAMP Newsletter September 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: Curatorial Work as Academic Labor
On Tuesday, September 24 at 3:00 PM (EST) we will be online with Meredith Lynn and Claire L. Kovacs, who will discuss curatorial work as academic labor.
To join this coffee gathering, please RSVP to Cali Buckley at
Meredith Lynn is an artist, curator, and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. In her art practice she frequently explores the historical, political, and social issues surrounding land management and ownership. Her curatorial specialty is contemporary art, with a particular focus in interactive and new media art. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Northern Lights, and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and most recently shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Arcata, California and the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Alabama. She is curator of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University where she also teaches in the Department of Art.

Claire L. Kovacs is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Binghamton University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Iowa and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University – all in art history. She has curated exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, Coe College, Krasl Art Center, DePaul University, and at Augustana College, where she was (until recently) the Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Her strategies for curatorial work and programming emphasize the ways that academic museums explore contemporary issues, foster interdisciplinary inquiry, create space for a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, and function as a site of dynamic community engagement. She underscores intersectional equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion in her curatorial work. Her research practice grapples with ways that art historical research can support 'The Common Good' (to borrow a phrase from the NEH), using curatorial practice and writing as a mechanism by which to amplify under-told stories.

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: Institution as Material Recording Available
On August 14th we spoke 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 discussed the role artists have played as self-organizers, as either curators or presenters of their own art and art by others. She also discussed the ways artists have unlearned, dis-invented, and deliberately misunderstood how works of art are circulated and displayed within institutional practice. See the recording here.
Upcoming Coffee Gathering: Collection Planning
Our next Coffee Gathering will discuss collection planning in different museums. Various participants will discuss their own projects, possible pitfalls and solutions, and acquisitions and deaccessioning. To get involved, please email
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
The Spencer Museum of Art Has a New Curricular Resources Database
The Spencer Museum of Art is excited to share a new resource that we invite you to explore! Developed by and for university educators, the Spencer Museum of Art’s Curricular Resources Database brings together a variety of assignments and activities that incorporate the Museum’s collections.
With the Curricular Resources Database, you can:
  • Browse a variety of assignments and activities that incorporate the museum’s collections.
  • Search assignments and activities by keyword, activity type, class size, and more
  • Connect your curricular topics and goals to works in the Spencer’s collections.
  • Adapt assignments across topics, departments, and disciplines.
  • Contribute your own assignment!
You can access the database at
Questions? Contact Academic Programs at 785-864-0136 or
Latest News and Resources
Call for Papers: OnCurating, “Extreme”
“Extreme” is the title of an upcoming issue of OnCurating magazine. This issue is devoted to the exploration of curating, art and culture developed and produced in the extremities of the Earth, within severe societal, land and climate conditions. Among a wide range of topics falling under this heading, the issue will deal with art and culture of subjectivities that inhabit extreme terrains and the threat of cultural erasure under conditions of ongoing colonial rule.
PAFA Offers Seminar on Contemporary Prints
The Brodsky Center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, announces a traveling seminar designed to deepen the understanding of techniques in the print discipline employed by contemporary artists. The seminar will be held from April 6 to 10, 2020.
Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2020  
The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. We welcome proposals from a wide variety of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.
A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation
This symposium and elective seminars will provide insight into new tools for researching photographs with an emphasis on both the material and immaterial aspects of the medium. Conservation professionals will gain practical knowledge on new and existing techniques for characterizing prints and collections and how this information can be structured and visualized. Curators and art historians will benefit from exposure to the methods and techniques that underlie the contemporary approaches to material history. Together, the presentations and discussions are meant to demystify techniques adapted from seemingly exotic fields of artificial intelligence and data science and to cover some basic techniques for understanding and interpreting the physical and chemical makeup of a photographic print.
Call for Papers – Museum Leadership in the 21st Century
Curator: The Museum Journal is calling for submissions on Museum Leadership in the 21st century. These are due September 30, 2019.
See more on RAAMP’s News and Announcements site.
Featured Opportunities
Art Galleries & Collections Specialist – Sacramento State
The primary duties of the Art Galleries and Collections Specialist are to provide leadership and management of the exhibition program for the University Library Gallery, and the Kadema Hall Galleries: the Robert Else Gallery and the R.W. and Joyce Witt Gallery, and other art venues on campus, to provide leadership and management of the university’s Art Collection, including the Wayne Thiebaud Collection, and to bring notable contemporary artists, designers, and scholars to the galleries and promote such visiting artists programing to the university and community.
Assistant Educator – Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
The Assistant Educator is responsible for organizing and administering public programs and facilitating the Teaching in the Galleries student educator program. She or he will work with the curatorial staff on the development of public programs and assist in implementing a broad range of PK-12 school and teacher programs, including but not limited to teacher workshops, educator guides, and curriculum tours.
Collections Associate – Princeton University Art Museum
The Collections Associate supports the increasing levels of curricular activity by a large number of University departments within the Museum. The Collections Associate will help to coordinate and implement the active teaching program within the Museum’s study rooms and galleries. This is a regular, fulltime position.
Manager of Education and Engagement – Barry Art Museum, Old Dominion University
The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University is accepting applications for the Manager of Education and Engagement (full-time, 12 month) position. This position is responsible for the management, implementation, and evaluation of all educational programs, including broadening and developing new museum audiences through engaging, inclusive, and participatory programming.
Director and Curator of Exhibitions and University Collections – DePauw University
DePauw University seeks a Director and Curator of Exhibitions and University Collections with rank of Assistant Professor of Art and Art History. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director/Curator will oversee the operations of DePauw University’s Galleries which includes 7,500 square feet of professional exhibition space.
Assistant/Associate Curator of Collections – Davis Museum, Wellesley College
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College seeks an innovative, ambitious Assistant/Associate Curator of Collections to join a lively, fast-paced curatorial team.
Curator of Academic Programs – Sheldon Museum of Art
The Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln seeks a Curator of Academic Programs to serve as the head of the education department and to strategically position the museum at the center of the university’s academic life.
See more on RAAMP’s Jobs, Internships, and Opportunities site.
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