From the Field

Antiquities Provenance Workshop

March 6, 2018

The Association of Art Museum Directors, the Archeological Institute of America and the National Geographic Society are pleased to announce an upcoming research workshop on antiquities and ancient art to be held in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the National Geographic Society.

Limited to 30 participants, this day and a half workshop will have access to scholars from the museum and archeological community. The course work will be a combination of case study and real world examples, designed to increase the participants’ knowledge of available research and how to access the research. There will be a hands-on exercise at the outset of the workshop, which will be refined following each presentation.

The presentations and workshop will assist participants in managing the complex and developing issues arising in the context of collecting works of ancient art.  Sessions will focus on where to look for information and legal and legislative issues that impact collecting and ownership.  The workshop will have a “light focus” on the Mediterranean region – that is some examples from the Mediterranean region will be used.

To date the confirmed program instructors: Alec Barker, Director, Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri;  Fredrik Hiebert, Archaeologist-in-Residence, National Geographic Society; Maxwell Anderson, former director, Dallas Museum of Art; and Victoria Reed, Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The workshop will start on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:30 – 4:30 followed by a reception at the National Geographic Society Museum and Wednesday, April 25 from approximately 8:30 – 1:00.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

The deadline to apply for this workshop has passed.

Registration fee:  $175 to be paid by check or Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.  To secure your place the registration fee is due 10 days after notification of registration. No payment is due with the application. 

Travel Stipends

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is offering a $500 stipend to defray expenses to the first 20 qualified applicants who indicate need. To qualify for the stipend participants must be from a museum, which is not located in the Washington metropolitan area; the stipend will be paid to the museum at time of on-site registration and only one applicant per museum may apply.  

The Association of Art Museum Directors, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the National Geographic Society gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for this workshop.