MRC Accepting Stipend Applications to Attend the 2021 Association of Midwest Museum’s Virtual Conference

Hello MRC members,

A big hello from Minneapolis! Hope you have had a good summer and are gearing up for fall.  I’m not ready for summer to be wrapping up yet! As fall is getting closer, so too is the 2021 AMM Virtual Conference, which will be November 1-5.  Here are details from the AMM website:

We look forward to hosting you online for Museums Evolving 2.0, our 2021 Virtual Conference! Museums Evolving 2.0 will be all-virtual and flexible, with both on-demand and live opportunities.

The program will include access to 40+ pre-recorded breakout sessions made available before and after the live event for learning at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. The live experience will take place mornings, November 1-5, and be centered around the peer-to-peer exchange we look forward to at conferences—plus inspirational talks, networking activities, and opportunities for Q&A with breakout session presenters. You’ll also have access to a virtual expo highlighting new exhibitions, behind-the scenes tours, product demos, and a myriad of other projects from Midwest museums and service providers.

To learn more about the Virtual Conference Schedule, visit https://www.ammconference.org/program/schedule/.

There are two pricing models this year.  The All-Inclusive Package includes the breakout session library, Virtual Expo, keynotes, and networking sessions for $100 for members; $50 for students and furloughed museum workers.  The Breakout Session Library Package includes only the pre-recorded breakout sessions (available up to three months after the conference dates) and the Virtual Expo for $50 for members, and free for students and furloughed museum workers.

As the 2020 conference was cancelled, the MRC has not awarded travel stipends since 2019.  This year, the Board and I are pleased to announce that the MRC will be awarding NINE stipends for the 2021 virtual conference:  Six stipends of $100 each will be offered that will cover full virtual conference registration fees; three stipends of $50 each will cover full registration for students/furloughed museum workers, breakout session library access only, or half of the fees for the full conference. 

Visit our Grants and Travel page to download the application for the 2021 MRC conference stipends.  Please keep in mind that all recipients of conference stipends will be expected to write one article for the MRC Courier about a session at the conference.  Also note that we’ve streamlined the application requirements a little this year, so your statement can be shorter, and we are only requiring one letter of recommendation. We would love to have student applicants as well, so if you have any interns or know of deserving students who are interested in registration and collections management, please encourage them to apply. 

All applicants must be MRC members, but applicants may join MRC at the time of their application submission. If you’re unsure of your membership status, please contact the MRC Secretary, Linda Endersby, endersbyl@missouri.edu. The deadline for applications will be October 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at lory@artsmia.org. We look forward to reviewing your applications!  Hope to “see” you at the conference!

All kind regards,

Leslie Ory Lewellen
MRC Vice-Chair

2021 Board Members and State Representatives Announced!

On December 1, 2020 members of the Midwest Registrars Committee virtually attended an annual meeting. While MRC was not able to meet in person this year, “seeing” everyone was uplifting. The current membership expressed their gratitude and thankfulness for the thoughtful leadership that has been provided by Andy Near during his time as Chair and well wishes were given to our 2021 Board Members and State Representatives.

Congratulations to the 2021 Board Members and State Representatives:

BOARD MEMBERS

CHAIR
Julie Burgess, Registrar
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
616-242-5020, jburgess@artmuseumgr.org

VICE-CHAIR & TRAVEL STIPENDS
Leslie Ory Lewellen, Registrar for Collections
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-870-3242 lory@artsmia.org

SECRETARY & MEMBERSHIP
Linda Endersby, Registrar/Collections Manager
Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri
115 Business Loop 70 W.    Room 2021
Columbia, MO 65211-8310
573-882-5077, endersbyL@missouri.edu

TREASURER
Sarah Humes, Associate Registrar
Grand Rapids Public Museum
730 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
616-929-1807, shumes@grpm.org

ARCHIVES
Lauren Hancock, Associate Registrar
The Field Museum
1400 South Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
312-665-7872, lhancock@fieldmuseum.org

DEVELOPMENT
Marisa Szpytman, Associate Registrar
Detroit Institue of Arts
313-833-9187mszpytman@dia.org

NOMINATIONS
Rachel Vargas, Registrar
Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University
547 E. Circle Dr.
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
517-884-0651, vargasr@msu.edu

NEWSLETTER
Margaret Helms, Development & Membership Associate
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
577 Fuquay Rd
Chandler, IN 47610
812-499-4268, marhelms85@gmail.com

Liz Fuhrman Bragg

WEBMASTER
Brittany Williams, Collections Registrar
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N. Rose St. / PO Box 4070
Kalamazoo, MI 49003
269-373-7983, bwilliams1@kvcc.edu

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

ILLINOIS

Sara Hindmarch, Head Registrar
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773-834-2139, shindmarch@uchicago.edu

INDIANA
Christa Barleben, Registrar
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Direct: 317-275-1359 / Fax: 317-275-1400, cbarleben@eiteljorg.com

IOWA
Angela Stanford, Curator of Collections & Registrar
Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, IA 51531
712-764-7001, registrar@danishmuseum.org

MICHIGAN
Holly Waldenmeyer
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Registrar and Collections Manager
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-929-1727, hwaldenmeyer@grpm.org

MINNESOTA
Mai Huizel, Registrar of Collections and Archives
Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert St. N St. Paul, MN 55101
651-428-3979, mvang@mmaa.org

MISSOURI
Stacie Petersen, Collections Registrar
National World War I Museum
100 W 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-888-8119, spetersen@theworldwar.org

OHIO
Robin Goodman, Registrar
The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
101 1/2 College Drive
Gambier, Ohio 43022
740-427-5969, goodmanr@kenyon.edu

WISCONSIN
Andrea Selbig, Collections Registrar
Chazen Museum of Art | University of Wisconsin-Madison
750 University Avenue (mailing: 800 University Avenue)
Madison, WI 53706
608-265-1156, aselbig@chazen.wisc.edu

2020 AMM/WFM Conference Postponed

On April 21, 2020, the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums announced that the joint conference which was scheduled to take place in July has been postponed to a future date due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date of the conference is yet to be determined but will be no earlier than mid-November.

To read the full announcement from AAM/WFM, please click here.

It's an Election Year! 2020 MRC Board Elections

The Midwest Registrars Committee is soliciting nominations for our Executive Board which includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please self-nominate or encourage a colleague to run!

Nominations are due by April 24, 2020. Voting ballots will be sent out to the MRC membership by May 1st. Please contact Rachel Vargas (vargasr@msu.edu) or Andy Near if you are interested or have any questions.

You may also contact a current Executive Board member to ask them about their position and what it entails if you are curious to know what it’s like:

CHAIR
Andrew Near, Collections Manager
Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College
near@hope.edu

VICE-CHAIR
Julie Burgess, Registrar
Grand Rapids Art Museum
jburgess@artmuseumgr.org

SECRETARY
Linda Endersby, Registrar/Collections Manager
Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri
endersbyL@missouri.edu

TREASURER
Sarah Humes, Associate Registrar, Grand Rapids Public Museum
shumes@grpm.org



COVID-19: Resources & Information from the American Alliance of Museums

With the growing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States, the American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guide as needed.

Click here to access AAM’s guide and additional resources.

A message from AAM: Please note that these recommendations are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field.

2020 AMM Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On April 21, 2020, the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums announced that the joint conference which was scheduled to take place in July has been postponed to a future date due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date of the conference is yet to be determined but will be no earlier than mid-November.

To read the full announcement from AAM/WFM, please click here.

Join the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22-25 for the 2020 AMM-WFM Join Conference! We look forward to seeing our MRC colleagues from all eight Midwestern states in Wisconsin for diverse professional programming, opportunities to visit local museums, and a chance to explore the “City of Festivals” during it’s peak season.

Early Bird Registration is open now through May 1st, followed by online pre-registration through July 6, 2020. After online registration periods, only onsite registration will be available.

The conference Schedule-At-A-Glance has been released! Check it out for a heads up on all the amazing sessions, activities, and opportunities that will be offered!

Keep an eye on https://www.ammconference.org/ for more conference information as it becomes available!