Hampshire / Institute for Curatorial Practice / Summer 2015

Subject: Hampshire / Institute for Curatorial Practice / Summer 2015

Dear colleagues,As you advise students in the coming weeks, I hope that you will share the news of our summer program in curatorial studies at Hampshire with any students or former students who you think would be interested! I’ll be directing the program again this coming summer alongside: Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire, international curator of contemporary sound art, and faculty at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies; Anna Schrade, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Curator at the Iwalewa-Haus, Museum of Contemporary Africa Art at the University of Bayreuth, Germany; John Stomberg, Director, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and Jocelyn Edens, Kress Curatorial Fellow in Digital Curation.

Our program includes an emphasis on digital and new media practices alongside the history of museums and collection, curatorial theory, and direct object study in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to students in art history, public history, digital humanities and museum studies, our emphasis on new media platforms and alternative arts spaces will make this program of interest to students in the studio art, architecture, film and design.

We are please to announce that with funding from the Kress Foundation and Mellon Digital Humanities Grant from Five Colleges, Inc., that we are able to offer eight competitive, paid internships to students who attend the ICP to work with directors and curators in our five college museums and collections.

Details and where to write for more information can be found on the links below. With warmest regards,

Karen Koehler, Professor of Architectural and Art History and Director of the Institute for Curatorial Practice, Hampshire College

Hampshire College offers an innovative summer academic program focusing on curatorial practice and digital exhibitions.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a
5-week intensive summer program focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary.

Who should apply?
Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary, and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology.

Students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital design skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.

New Approaches to Curation
This summer program at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges is one of the only intensive summer opportunities in the U.S. open to graduate, undergraduate, and post-B.A. students. It is a program that introduces traditional museum approaches and intensive object study, while simultaneously investigating the “curatorial imaginary,” a cutting-edge and expanding field driven by developments in new media. Hampshire recommends 4 transfer credits for completion of the summer program.

Tuition & Fees
Tuition $2,725
Room $1,129
Board $1,137*

*This fee is for a full meal plan, which covers 3 meals a day, every program day. Partial meal plans are available for $385. This covers 7 meals a week for 5 weeks.

Important Deadlines
April 3 – Priority Deadline for all applications (the last date by which we can guarantee space in the program)
April 11 – Tuition Discount Deadline (students will receive 15% tuition discount if all payments are received)
May 1 – Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)
May 15 – Payment Deadline (all deposits and payments must be submitted)

More questions? Get in touch! Email us at icpor call 413.559.6843.

Apply Now!

In addition to the over 1 million objects in theMuseums10 collections, students investigate area archives, rare book collections, and alternative art spaces.

Students will learn the tools of making digital exhibitions, and student teams will produce their own exhibitions as the culmination of the summer program. Check out the 2014 digital exhibitions on the ICP Blog.

Museum professionals and curatorial practitioners are welcome to join the ICP program during the second week. Apply here for the professional track.

ICP students are eligible to apply for a competitive, paid internship with area museums after the program. More information about the internships will be available on the ICP program website


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