Campus Gallery, Museum and Public Art Curators and Directors

Recognizing the unique opportunities and challenges of the deans who oversee campus art galleries, museums and public art programs, ICFAD has created an affinity group or thought community for curators and directors of university galleries and museums who are public facing organizations responsible for research and fulfilling educational missions through artistic exhibitions, outreach programs and publications. Through the academic year, members will share best practices and be provided with numerous opportunities for professional development.

Art enriches our university and community college campuses, and enhances the meeting places for our communities. As stated so eloquently in a recent issue of The Atlantic, “public or private, rural or urban, college museums are tackling ambitious projects like never before, promoting academic curators . . . to be lead actors on the cultural stage.”

To become a member of this thought community, click here.

Upcoming Opportunities

Please share your ideas and recommendations with [email protected] and check back soon for information.

The University and College Art Galleries Association of Canada . . . and . . . The Challenges that Come with Feeling Well Supported, Yet Sometimes an Anomaly 
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A dynamic network of university and college art galleries across Canada, the members of University and College Art Galleries Association of Canada work collectively and collaboratively to strengthen and promote the study and appreciation of the visual arts through their collections, exhibitions, and research, within the academic community and beyond. During our online program, we will learn more about how they do what they do. Also during this online program: The Challenges that Come with Feeling Well Supported, Yet Sometimes Restrained. Discussion will be facilitated by Jenifer Papararo, Director/Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, where she is overseeing the building of a new multi-site art gallery. Everyone will be invited to share in the discussion. Register for this discussion.

Ida y Vuelta [Arrivals and Departures]: Experiences of Migration in Puerto Rican Contemporary Art and An Open Forum for Members to Share - Wednesday, February 7, 2024

This exhibition includes an updated bilingual catalog with essays by Laura Bravo, Jorge Duany (Florida International University), and artists Quintin Rivera Toro and Brenda Cruz. Our presenter,  Laura Bravo López, is a Professor in the Art History Program, College of Humanities, at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and she has been a grant-funded researcher in institutions, such as theTate Britain, MoMA, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Princeton University. Laura is author of Ficciones certificadas: Invención y apariencia en la creación fotográfica: 1975-2000 (2006), and coauthor in more than fifteen books on art history and visual culture. She has curated almost twenty exhibitions and art projects in Puerto Rico, United Stated and Spain. Register for this discussion.

Where Do Academic Galleries and Museums Belong? Serving both On-Campus and Community Audiences: An Open Forum for Members to Share the Pros and Cons of various Reporting Structures 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Registration coming soon 

Gallery and Museum Directors Online Meetings (Including linked recordings)

Our Unique Opportunities and Challenges: More than a dozen people attended ICFAD's first full-day-and-a-half program for this new affinity group for curators, directors and professionals who are responsible for fulfilling educational missions through artistic exhibitions. Agenda.

Our first meeting in May 2023, A Conversation with Marisa Sage about Contemporary Issues in Curatorial Practice in University-Based Galleries and Museumsfacilitated by Marisa Sage, the Director and Head Curator of the New Mexico State University Art Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sage is a curator with a passion for emerging contemporary art and artists. Throughout her 15+-year career, Sage has planned and executed more than 100 international exhibitions, which included more than 200 individual artists globally. Previously, Sage served as the Director of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in New York, and Galleries Manager for Salisbury University Art Galleries in Salisbury, Maryland. Before that, she established Like the Spice Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which held over 65 exhibitions between 2006 and 2012. At NMSU, Sage has written and received multiple grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, Artwork Grants to support the Fall 2022 exhibition Contemporary Ex-votos: Devotion Beyond Medium, the Mellon Foundation's Art Museum Futures Fund and most recently the Thoma Foundation Grant. Sage is a New York native, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Syracuse University and Master of Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.