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  • 1.  Art Museum Exhibition Specific Professional Network?

    Posted 05-24-2023 01:18 PM

    Hi all, this was my first time attending AAM and while it was so exciting to meet community members, I felt like it was truly hard to find my art museum peers among all the 3000 attendees. Is there an existing smaller breakout group or professional network that I may have missed? I attended the NAME Neighborhood groups and the NAME luncheon, but they seemed more focused on connecting professional exhibition companies with institutions. I am looking to speak directly with the curatorial/collections/exhibition spaces at my peer art museums since we are such a niche group with extremely specific methods and concerns. 

    Thanks for any help! 


    Adrienne Miller
    Exhibition Manager
    The Speed Art Museum
    Louisville KY

  • 2.  RE: Art Museum Exhibition Specific Professional Network?

    Posted 05-25-2023 03:00 PM

    Hi Adrienne,
    I've yet to attend AAM, I'm a little jealous. My calendar hasn't lined up with the conference yet. I agree, folks like us are often overlooked.
    I do enjoy our regional conference WMA. You might consider yours if you haven't gone yet ( I find a few veins of exhibition-related sessions there sometimes.

    Have you looked at these groups: Focused solely on art museums, it's preparator centric. They have a great forum that can help answer specific questions. They have occasional conferences and webinar trainings. Because many of us wear multiple hats this site cross-pollinates all museum types and integrates preparator (handler, technician) perspectives with designer and at times education concerns (think interactives). 

    I hope that helps,

    Matthew Isble
    Exhibit Designer & Founder of
    Crocker Art Museum
    Sacramento CA