On the Road: The American Association of Museums annual conference

This week, Shawn, Topher and I are attending the AAM annual conference in Houston, Texas, which began yesterday and runs through Wednesday. With countless sessions on everything from collections management to curatorial practice, publishing to residency programs, and social media to back-to-basics exhibition design, we’re continually discovering new ideas for the OSU Museum of Art.

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This morning, Shawn and I visited the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Lawndale Art Center to get a hands-on look at their artist in residency programs. Artists in residence add life to a gallery program and enrich the community; at the same time, such programs give artists vital working space (and time!) and exposure to new audiences. At Lawndale and the Craft Center, artists participate in and even develop their own public outreach programs, ranging from after-school workshops to film series. We are excited about the potential for an artist-in-residence program at our Museum!

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I look forward to sharing more of our inspiration when we get back to Stillwater.

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About osucurator

Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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