Expanding a Shared Vision: The Art Museum and the University

May 8–10, 2014

Academic museum professionals share a vision. We are committed to enriching higher education through excellence in teaching, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and creative integration of the museum into student life. We care about our audiences on campus and beyond, reaching out to multiple communities with innovative programming and educational collaborations. We are passionate about stewarding our collections, increasing access to our museums and their holdings, sharing our research, and organizing thoughtful and challenging exhibitions. We value object-based learning in an increasingly virtual world and teach close looking in an age of rapid intake. And we look to the future as our missions expand, fueled by the belief that both museums and universities can be hubs of creativity and innovation.

Join leaders from across the college and university art museum field from May 8 to 10, 2014, for a focused consideration of the curatorial contribution, educational potential, and changing audiences of campus museums. Conference attendees will have ample time to socialize and network, tour the expanded Yale University Art Gallery, visit the Yale Center for British Art, and enjoy the city of New Haven. We look forward to your participation.

Registration is now open.

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Conference made possible by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Lydia Winston Malbin Fund, the Manton Foundation Public Education Fund, the Nolen Center for Art and Education Endowment Fund, and the Nolen-Bradley Family Fund for Education.


Registration is now open. There is no registration fee. If you wish to participate in the Saturday afternoon workshops (see below), you must register for both the conference and the extended session.


Conference Details


Expanding a Shared Vision: The Art Museum and the University will convene at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 8, and conclude at 11:15 am on Saturday, May 10.

On Thursday evening, the galleries will be open until 8:00 pm; in addition to the permanent collection, four special exhibitions will be on view. On Friday evening, all conference participants are invited to a reception.

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Extended Session: Saturday Afternoon Workshops

On Saturday afternoon, we are offering an extended session of focused, small-group workshops. Registrants will be able to attend two workshops of their choice, starting at 1:00 pm and concluding by 4:00 pm. Fifteen to twenty different workshops will be offered based on participant interest and enrollment. You must register for the Saturday session separately, in addition to registering for the main conference. Once you have registered, we will contact you regarding workshop selection. For tentative workshop topics, download the workshop PDF.

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Room blocks are available at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale, and New Haven Hotel, all within walking distance of the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. Rooms must be reserved before April 8 to guarantee the conference rate and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For hotel locations and rates, download the hotel PDF.

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Dining and Entertainment

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