Dear AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Community:

We wish you all a very safe and happy festive season in this most memorable of years! We know that the holidays are a special time of recollection, renewal and rejoicing, even more so in these challenging times, but we find strength and purpose as we reflect on a year of tremendous accomplishment and look forward to so much more in the year to come.

We are so proud of our many achievements this past year focused on student and programmatic growth. Prior to the pandemic, we hosted three distinguished lectures on campus, held our first symposium on conservation and cultural heritage, and introduced students to field study in New York, DC, Williamstown and LA. Shifting gears in mid-March, we transitioned to virtual course delivery and finished our inaugural academic year with a splash! Without skipping a beat, we offered our Early College Program and Paid Summer Internship Program virtually prior to ramping up for an intensive 12-week fall 2020 semester delivered virtually and innovatively across the AUC. Along the way, we picked up a number of like-minded strategic partners and our students continued to compete for and win local and national fellowships and internships. We concluded the semester with our first Virtual Career Week and announced a partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of the Art-NY, which will offer scholarships to AUC Art Collective students to participate in one of their three MA programs in art business.

We know that 2021 will be different, indeed inspiring and uplifting, and we have a lot in store for you! To begin, in January we are hosting an exclusive salon for AUC students, faculty and staff designed to open pathways between art and technology to encourage innovation in education, one of the core values of the AUC Art Collective. We have a full roster of exciting courses this spring and registration is open through January 31, 2021. Look forward to our second Virtual Career Week this spring focusing on the job market in museums, galleries and the cultural sector as we welcome our first graduating class in May 2021! We’re also planning our second symposium, this time on the topic of Art Therapy, and in time to provide some fresh angles on health and well-being as we ease out of the pandemic and transition to a braver new world. We also invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of our new website to keep you up to date and informed of our activities!

This year, and every year we are filled with gratitude for the dedicated work of our faculty, staff, students and partners as we transform the art industry, making the world a better place to be.

Stay safe and connected, 
Dr. Cheryl Finley
Director, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective  

Finding Common Ground:
Blockchain and Cultural Heritage

This January, the Spelman College Department of Art & Visual Culture and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective are collaborating with the Art & Antiquities Blockchain Consortium, ConsenSys and Blockchain for Social Impact on an innovative initiative to explore how blockchain can:

  • Open pathways between art and technology and encourage innovation in education
  • Shape global efforts to repatriate and track objects of cultural heritage
  • Revolutionize collections management at museums and cultural institutions
Blockchain Weekly Session Descriptions
January 6th: Blockchain Beyond the Hype: Real Use Cases
January 13th: The Tokenized Future
January 20th: What is a Crypto Wallet?
January 27th: The Future of Museums & Cultural Heritage

New Partnership Between Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Spelman College to Shape the Future of the Art Industry
Spelman College and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York recently announced an innovative academic partnership designed to increase access to art market education for Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective undergraduate students.

Through this new partnership, SIA will launch the SIA+Spelman Collective Futures Scholarship, designed to expand postgraduate pathways in the visual arts by offering one full-tuition scholarship each year to attend an SIA master’s degree program.

As a former employee, I can attest to the unique benefits of a Sotheby’s Institute of Art education and the dedication of the school’s faculty and staff in facilitating a variety of opportunities to connect students to industry leaders. We look forward to seeing our students join the thousands of alumni-leaders around the globe.” - Rachel Brown, Program Manager, AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective
Read the full press release HERE!
Spring 2021 courses are open for registration through January 31, 2021! Schedule an advising session today with Dr. Cheryl Finley or Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder to discuss the best courses for you!
Click the images to listen, watch, or read the news and resources.
a  read:
New Auction Platform Will Contribute to HBCU Art History Scholarships

Greenhouse Auctions, launching its inaugural sale on December 2, will help fund scholarships for students at over 50 historically Black colleges and universities.

a read:
A New York businessman donated a $1 million art collection to Morehouse College

A Morehouse College alumnus, business executive and art enthusiast George Wells.

Click the links to view.
ExhibitionTitus Kaphar: From a Tropical Space, October 1 - December 19, 2020, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY 
Julie Mehretu, curated by Christine Y. Kim and Rujeko Hockley on view through January 31, 2021
, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Book: Richard J. Powell, 
Going There: Black Visual Satire, Yale University Press/Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, November 3, 2020
Aggie!, October 2020, Aubin Pictures, Directed by Catherine Gund
Exhibition: DAWOUD BEY: AN AMERICAN PROJECT, co-curated by Elisabeth Sherman and Corey Keller, Nov. 7, 2020 - March 14, 2021, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Book: Michael Auping, Mark Bradford: End Papers, Prestel, February 2020
Film: Black Is King, July 2020, Parkwood Entertainment; Walt Disney Pictures, Written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé (Art Industry News: A Guide to the Many Art-Historical References in Beyoncé’s New Album ‘Black Is King’)
Exhibition: PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractal and Fragments, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, November 11, 2020 – January 30, 2021, Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, Italy
Book: Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, 
Black Futures, Penguin Random House, December 1, 2020
Film: The Giverny Suite, February 2020, SPELL NUMBER SEVEN productions
, Directed, edited and animated by Ja'Tovia Gary
Exhibition: Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop, curated by Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, February 1, 2020 – October 18, 2020, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Book: Jeffrey Hogrefe, Scott Ruff, Carrie Eastman, and Ashley Simone,  
In Search of African American Space: Redressing Racism, Lars Müller Publishers, September 29, 2020
Never Again, October 2020, Written, directed, edited, and produced by Jordan Shanks

Paid Summer Internships in Art, Art History + Curatorial Studies 

For Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College students interested in hands-on, mentored, art world experience! 

  • Get paid to explore careers in the art world 
  • Expand your professional network of peers and mentors 
  • Meet artists + art professionals 
  • Combine your interest in art + culture with other areas like marketing, business and technology 
View more details!
Congratulations to Anne Collins Smith
Curator of Collections, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
an excerpt: The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the fourteenth cohort of curators participating in its annual Fellowship. Following a record number of applications, the review process continued to prove highly competitive. Twelve curators were selected based on their exceptional curatorial achievements, demonstrated innovative thinking, and commitment to advancing the field.
Read the full feature on the CCL website
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The Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective is the first and only undergraduate program in the nation specifically designed to educate the next generation of visual arts professionals of color.

With the generous support of the Alice L. Walton Foundation, we offer a major in
Art History and minors in Curatorial Studies and Art History to students at
Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

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