AMUM Education & Research
AMUM is the lead partner in collaboration with AIA Memphis for The Paul R. Williams Project, which aims to bring Williams (1894-1980), the first African American member of the AIA (1923), first AIA Fellow (1957) and first AIA Gold Medalist (2017), to wider public, professional and scholarly audiences. AMUM authors and maintains the project's website http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org, which includes the Gallery of his buildings, a Timeline of his life and accomplishments in the contexts of social and architectural/building history, and a comprehensive bibliography and annotated bibliography.
Thousands of students and interested individuals visit AMUM each year for guided tours of our exhibitions and permanent collections. Here, they learn of ways art connects us to our shared cultural heritages, and continues to shape them today.
AMUM is a key component of the University's interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies, which provides students from diverse academic backgrounds with an avenue to enter museum professions, by equipping them with the practical and theoretical skills of high demand within the field.
AMUM actively engaged with The Paul Revere Williams Project, in collaboration with AIA Memphis and the University of Memphis Department of Architecture, which aims to bring Williams, and his prolific yet under-recognized career to public, professional, and scholarly audiences. Two major components of the project are overseen by AMUM: One is an exhibition overviewing his life and work, currently being developed for travel. Second, we help maintain the project's website; which acts as a publishing hub for findings uncovered in the research process, and provides various educational materials for public and K-12 classroom use.
Additionally, AMUM is searching for original works by the 19th century American artist Samuel Hester Crone. Currently we are building an online catalog of information and works currently known about the artist. We hope to bring a much deserved level of recognition to an artist who remains virtually unknown making this in-depth resource publically available.