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Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals
A project of CAA, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
In response to last month’s Coffee Gathering, Designing a Collection Plan, RAAMP has designed a survey to learn more about how our colleagues in academic museums have approached collection plan design and use.

November 2019 Newsletter

RSVP to our next Coffee Gathering: 
My Gallery Is Bigger Than Your Gallery
On Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2 PM (EST) RAAMP will be online with Michael Dickins, the curator and director of The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University. He will talk about the campus plan he created which enables him to share the gallery’s collection in the university’s community spaces.
“My formal gallery is 1500 sq. Ft,” writes Dickins. “My actual gallery is 186 acres of surrounding campus. I list my Gallery as my primary residence, but the rest of my campus is my second home, or better yet, a cultured land that includes some of my favorite vacationing spots.”

“I often use academic buildings, student common areas and the campus landscape to install works of art to not just boost the presence of the Department of Art+Design around campus, but as extensions of the gallery to educate students and the campus community about art and to generate conversations. These installations of artworks have bred collaboration between departments, administration and, more importantly, the facilities and grounds crews.  They have also been excellent teaching opportunities for my students to learn about curating, installation, collaboration and managing red tape.”

To RSVP to this 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.
Follow Up Survey for October 2019 RAAMP Coffee Gathering:
Designing a Collection Plan
On Tuesday, October 22, Cali Buckley and Olivia Knauss facilitated a discussion with participants about the elusive process of creating Collection Plans in academic museums.

We would like to gather additional insight about what a collection plan looks like, who is involved in their creation, and how the document will be used. Any insight from those who are gearing up to start a collection plan or have completed the process is valuable!

The survey is 33 questions and will take about 20 minutes. You may access the survey here. Thank you in advance for sharing your expertise!

Upcoming Coffee Gathering

What is the difference between Visual Arts Administration and Museum Studies master’s programs? Our next Coffee Gathering will dive into the differences and similarities between these two fields. For RAAMP’s followers who are considering or have completed one of these master's program, this one’s for you! More follow in next month’s newsletter.

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.  
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 
RAAMP at the 108th CAA Annual Conference
We hope to see you all at the Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020! Our RAAMP session will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2020: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM:
Risk and Innovation in Curatorial Practice at University Art Museums 
Kathleen E.B. Berzock, The Block Museum of Art; Heather Igloliorte, Concordia University; Kymberly N. Pinder; and Issa Lampe, Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, Smart Museum of Art 
You may register for the conference here.
Latest News and Resources 
An Inquiry from Celka Straughn about Advisory Groups for Long-Term Installations
In advance of the Spencer Museum of Art reinstalling its four collection galleries, Spencer Museum of Art’s Celka Straughn seeks feedback from RAAMP followers on how they have approached audience surveys, focus groups, and gathered feedback from visitors to inform their upcoming reinstallation.
Feminist Art Coalition Announcement
In the year leading up to the 2020 election, the Feminist Art Coalition will present a series of exhibitions and programs featuring feminist artists and themes. Forty-nine other museums across the country will also develop programming for the year as part of a consortium. [e-flux]
University of Chicago Students Make Acquisition for Smart Museum
With the input of ten undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art acquired several three new works of art from Viennacontemporary, Austria’s largest art fair. The fair founder, Dmitry Aksenov, invited the Smart Museum of Art to bring a group of students to choose works from the fair to add to the museum’s permanent collection. [The Chicago Maroon]
Call for Nominations: AAMC Awards for Excellence
Know a curator who is creating groundbreaking new work? Nominate them for this year’s AAMC Awards for Excellence. The deadline to submit is December 2, 2019. [AAMC]
PSU’s First On-Campus Art Museum Opens to the Public, Free of Charge
Portland State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opened on November 7, with around 1,300 visitors at the grand opening. Linda Tesner, the director and curator, explained that the goal of the opening exhibition, Art for All, was to have “at least one work that resonates at a profound level with every visitor.” She further emphasized, “Everyone is welcome here, no matter what interests you have or what you do.” [VG PSU Vanguard]
Featured Opportunities 

Curator of Collections & Exhibitions – Freedman Art Gallery, Albright College
The curator plans and organizes the daily and long-term activities of the gallery; provides leadership in the presentation, research, and display of contemporary American art consistent with the mission of the College and Freedman Gallery; and collaboratively creates and implements an exciting exhibition program to engage the campus and extended community.
Art Education Associate – Stanford University
Reporting to the Director of Academic and Public Programs, the Art Education Associate will contribute to education in and with visual art, making educational activities central to the mission of the Cantor.
Data Specialist for Five College Collections Management Commons – Smith College
Five Colleges, Incorporated seeks a Data Specialist (DS) for our new Collections Management Commons planning project. This project is funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, with the goal of laying the foundation for a next generation collections management system for the museums of our member institutions (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) and our partner museum at Historic Deerfield.
Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Engagement – Princeton University
The Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Engagement is charged with integrating the Museum into the University curriculum and academic environment, and with developing strategies and opportunities for engagement and interpretation in the galleries and across multiple platforms. Reporting to and working closely with the Associate Director for Education, they collaborate with curators, faculty, students, and guest scholars to develop and present new research and new interpretive approaches to the University community in impactful ways.
Curator of Education School and Access Programs – Yale Center for British Art
In the Division of Research and Education, this position will cultivate and strengthen the Center’s relationship with New Haven schools and strongly advocate for the integration of the Center’s collections into K-12 teaching and special needs programs.
See more on RAAMP’s Jobs, Internships, and Opportunities page.
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
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