Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the Center for Curatorial Leadership?

Candidates for the Center for Curatorial Leadership must be full-time art museum curators who are in charge of the care, display, and interpretation of objects as well as the organization of permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The CCL welcomes candidates with significant curatorial experience from all ranks of the profession.

What kind of experience should a candidate have had in order to apply for the CCL fellowship?

The ideal candidate demonstrates a track record of success and commitment to the full range of curatorial endeavor – management, care, and scholarly study of collections as well as the development and execution of exhibitions, publications, and community programs. Experience with the supervision of both personnel and finances as well as exposure to fundraising initiatives and strategic planning are essential for engagement with the management topics addressed in the CCL curriculum.

Do I need to be nominated by my institution?

No. The CCL encourages both institutional and self-nominations for this program.

Who should I ask to write my recommendations?

The CCL requires two recommendations. One recommendation should come from the applicant’s museum director or someone in a senior role who is a current supervisor. The other should come from a professional colleague from outside the applicant’s museum. This can be a trustee, a peer in the field, a former supervisor etc.