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Curatorial Studies Program

Curatorial Studies Program

The Spelman College Curatorial Studies Program is a collaboration between the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Department of Art & Visual Culture.

People of color have been underrepresented in curatorial positions in the museum field. By increasing the diversity among curators, museums will generate new and innovative engagement with art and ultimately serve diverse audiences better.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Department of Art & Visual Culture, which are committed to preparing the next generation of arts leaders, have joined forces to offer this unique program. The Spelman College Curatorial Studies Program is made possible by generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The objectives of the Curatorial Studies Program are to:

  • provide training in art history and curatorial practice
  • encourage pre-professional access to museums across the country
  • facilitate mentorship opportunities with innovative curators in the field

While students will continue to work closely with their principal academic advisors, members of the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Advisory Committee will serve as project advisors.

Over the course of two years, students will:

  • Complete two (2) curatorial studies courses.
  • Participate in paid internships for two consecutive summers at partnering museums that are located throughout the country.
  • Participate in sessions, workshops, and experiences guided by noteworthy curators who will also serve as program mentors.
  • Travel as a group to participate in special program-specific trips during Spring and Fall Breaks. These topical seminars and other discussions will be led by partnering institutions and program mentors. Students will be selected to participate in these trips through a competitive process.

At the end of the two-year experience students will be able to:

  • have an informed, pre-professional, and working definition of their curatorial practice
  • write, prepare, and present curatorial projects to a variety of audiences



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