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Association Bylaws

The Association of Art Museum Curators is currently working to establish revised by-laws for the organization.   Pending a final legal review, the link below represents a working draft of the organization’s by-laws.  Please note some of the most recent changes to the by-laws that were adopted by the AAMC Board of Trustees in May 2010 as described in a memo labeled Addendum A. 

Link to Working Draft of the By-laws of the Association of Art Museum Curators

About the AAMC Officer Elections Process

In 2009, the AAMC Board approved changes to the election process for AAMC officers.  Below is information drawn from the Board & Committee handbook that outlines the policies & procedures for these elections.  Each year, the Governance & Nominating committee follows these guidelines when proposing candidates for election to the membership. 

Nomination and Selection of President and Vice Presidents

(members of the AAMC Executive Committee)

For President Position


During the early Fall of the second year of a sitting President’s term, a call for nominations will be sent to the membership to propose nominees for the position of President of the organization.  During this time, nominations will be received from the membership as well as from the Governance & Nominating committee.  By November, the committee will narrow the slate to no more than two candidates.  Should the slate include two candidates, the membership will vote via an proxy electronic ballot to select the President with a majority vote; the election will be ratified through a member vote during the next Annual Meeting.  Should there be one candidate, that person will also be confirmed by the membership at the next Annual Meeting.  Until the official member elections, the nominee will serve in an ex-officio capacity on the Executive Committee in a President-elect role. At the Annual Meeting of the membership the following year, the nominee will be confirmed as the new President by all members in attendance (majority vote), and will begin serving a two-year term within the month following the meeting. 


For all Vice-President Positions


The Governance & Nominating Committee will call for nominations for all executive officer positions that are in need of succession with the exception of the President in the early Spring prior to the AAMC Annual Meeting.  The Committee will research multiple options for each open position. All AAMC members are invited to make nominations. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. We expect that nominations are made with the prior approval of the candidate and that nominations should include information about the candidate’s record of service to the AAMC, qualifications, and address with email along with their acceptance of the nomination. No particular format for the nominations is required. Nominations should be submitted to the Governance & Nominating Committee.


The slate of candidates put forth by the Governance & Nominating Committee will be approved based on a majority vote of present AAMC members at the Annual Meeting.



Qualifications for President; Vice President, Communications; Vice President, Programs; Vice President, Governance; and Vice President, Finance:


1) Be a current member of the AAMC;


2) Show evidence of a strong commitment to the AAMC through current or past

service on a Committee; the Board of Trustees; or other organizational leadership

initiatives (i.e. panel participation, host of an AAMC reception, etc.);


3) Show evidence of leadership and scholarly attainment in the field at large.

Prospective candidates should be aware that, although the AAMC will support the

President and Vice-Presidents with a modest travel allowance for the year, candidates

should solicit support from their museum to attend key AAMC meetings in person (at least two of the four Board meetings held each year in New York) as well as the AAMC Annual Meeting each year.



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