Goal III: Art Stewardship (Exhibitions and Collections)


As the premier art museum on the Eastern Shore, the Academy Art Museum presents high-quality exhibitions featuring artists such as James Turrell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Pat Steir and Peter Paul Rubens, along with annual student and members exhibitions, and collaborative projects with our cultural partners. The permanent collection focuses on works on paper by American and European artists from four centuries. The Museum seeks to highlight works on paper by historically renowned artists and well-known contemporary practitioners. Building on our excellent exhibition history, we will continue to pursue shows of the highest quality, featuring leading figures from art history and also offering a venue for significant emerging artists in print and other media.

Curatorial Assistant

As we expand our exhibition goals together with our arts educational offerings, we have added a Curatorial Assistant position to provide exhibition support, perform collections management and registrar duties, assist with publications, and community and collaborative outreach. As a Museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, we seek significant collection and exhibition support in order to achieve the high standards of care for our Permanent Collection, for incoming and outgoing loans, and for all exhibition-related offerings. To serve our twin missions of Exhibitions and Education, the Curatorial Assistant helps to ensure the dynamic interplay and overlap of our educational programming and our exhibitions.

Collections Storage Space

The Academy Art Museum has benefitted from the generosity and vision of community-minded individuals to build a permanent collection of over 1,400 objects. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction awarded to only 5% of museums. A critical element of our stewardship of these collections is their responsible storage and care, including the maintenance of suitable collections storage and handling spaces. To address our limited collections storage space issues, we will pursue the reconfiguring of existing museum spaces to add suitable collections storage and handling space.

Permanent Collection Acquisition Support

The Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 1,400 works of art has grown significantly through gifts from private collections, as well as through the selective purchase of works of art. We welcome gifts to support the acquisition of high quality works for the Permanent Collection as well as donations of significant art to the collections for the Museum’s 60th Anniversary.