Curators Committee

The mission of the Curators Committee (CurCom) is to support the work of curators through programs, activities and advocacy. CurCom, since 1989, advocates for curators at the national level, sponsors annual professional recognition and competition awards, provides fellowship opportunities for curators and promotes the development of curatorial program sessions for the Alliance's Annual Meeting in the areas of acquisition, research, interpretation, exhibition, collection care and ethics.

Today the words curate and curator are being widely used and hotly debated. Are we all curators? What does it mean to curate a collection, an exhibition, or a website? Beyond collection work, today’s curator engages the community by fostering  civic, social and cultural dialogue of ideas and creativity through public examination, interaction, research,  interpretation and exhibition of arts, sciences and humanities collections.

CurCom seeks to advance and expand this dialogue by demonstrating through our programs and initiatives that the traditional definition of curator as collector and researcher falls short of capturing the breadth of today's dynamic field. We seek the input and energy of curators who are ready to embrace audience research, investigate new technology, expand access to collections, champion universal design, and consider new approaches to collecting that challenge traditional notions of ownership, care-taking, and access. We hope you'll join us as we seek to re-imagine the role of museum curator in the 21st century.

CurCom 40th Anniversary Call for YouTube Videos !

CurCom is collecting short videos of the curatorial work you do. Subject matter can range from showing off a favorite object in your collection to telling us why your office is equipped the way it is or even highlights of a typical day. It’s your chance to show off and get creative. For more info, please contact Stacey Swigart.


  • Ellen Endslow, Chair  
    Director of Collections/Curator
    Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Penn.
  • James Burns, PhD, Vice Chair
    University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
  • Elisa Phelps, Secretary
    Director of Collections/Library Division
    History Colorado, Denver
  • Cindy Olsen, Treasurer
    Director of Material Culture
    Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Dearborn, Mich.
  • Linda Eppich, Past Chair
    Curatorial Consultant
    Narragansett, RI