18th UMAC Annual Conference

UMAC-AAMG Conference

University of Miami, USA, 21-24 June 2018



UMAC is partnering with the AAMG (Academic Association of Museums and Galleries, AAMG) for our 2018 Annual Conference in Miami, FL, USA.

Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World   

Ideas audaces: Los Museos y Colecciones Universitarios como Agentes de Cambio para un Mundo Mejor

We live in a dangerous, often unstable, and environmentally compromised world. What can academic museums, galleries, and collections do to remedy this situation? If we are dedicated to teaching and training new generations of students, to serving increasingly diverse communities, how do we make a positive difference? How do we know we are making that difference?

Keynote Speakers

The Power of Asking…What If?
Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director
Office of Museum Services, at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Washington, D.C.

The Work of Art in the Age of Malraux’s Museum
Franklin Kelly, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and a Distinguished Affiliate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park

Conference Program

Download the UMAC-AAMG 2018 Program

UMAC 2018 Annual General Meeting

See documents here.


See registration fees and register here.

Important dates:

  • AAMG/UMAC Early-bird member rate: February 15 – April 15, 2018
  • AAMG/UMAC Member rate: April 16 – June 9, 2018
  • Early-bird AAMG student rate: February 7 – June 9, 2018
  • On-site registration for all member/non-member levels: June 21 – June 24, 2018

Uncertain about your ICOM-UMAC membership status? Contact UMAC Secretary Marcus Granato  secretary@umac.icom.museum

Hotels and Travel Information

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The Conference in the local media

Miami Living Magazine


OUR HOST: The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami


Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.

Founded in 1950, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami is South Florida’s only comprehensive art museum. Accredited by AAM and a member of AAMD, the Lowe stewards a world-class collection that comprises more than 19,000 art objects and, collectively, represents more than five millennia of global art and culture. These rich holdings facilitate the Museum’s commitment to serving as an invaluable resource for education and enrichment through art and culture for the nearly 40,000 individuals who visit the Museum each year.

Find out more about The Lowe in UMAC’s World Database of University Museums and Collections.

Go to The Lowe website.

Conference Program Co-Directors

Jill Hartz, Executive Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, and President Emerita, AAMG

Barbara Rothermel, Barbara Rothermel, Director, Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College / Vice-Chair, UMAC

Conference Program Committee

Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, AAMG Vice President, Programs

Marta C. Lourenço, President, ICOM-UMAC, Deputy Director Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade de Lisboa

Andrew Simpson, Honorary Fellow, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Australia


Please contact Barbara Rothermel  rothermel@lynchburg.edu.




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19th UMAC Annual Conference, integrated in the 25th ICOM General Conference, 1-7 September 2018

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20th UMAC Annual Conference

Host: University of Sydney, Australia (approved at the AGM, 6 September 2017).

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