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April 7, 2021

ICEE Newsletter March 2021

ICEE Newsletter – March 2021

Dear Colleagues,

While museums worldwide remain shuttered, others have announced plans to resume their activities or begun to cautiously reopen their doors under strict safety guidelines. Regardless of the phase your organization is passing through, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during these challenging times.

In this newsletter, we would like to share with our members and colleagues around the world our upcoming activities, including the plan for the 2021 ICEE conference. We also want to pay tribute to former ICEE board member and well-respected U.S. museum professional John Coppola who recently passed away.

Thank you for your continued support.


Save the Date for the 2021 ICEE Annual Conference!

From September 27 to October 1, 2021, the 2021 ICOM ICEE Annual Conference will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in collaboration with the Museum of Art and History of the City of Geneva (MAH), and ICOM Switzerland. The preliminary plan features four days of keynote speeches, panel sessions, networking opportunities, private visits to exhibitions and museum collections in Geneva, and a one-day excursion to Lausanne.

The safety of our members, participants, partners, and collaborators is our top priority. As we write this message, it is our hope that we will be able to meet face to face in Geneva at the end of September. However, with the ongoing uncertainties of the global pandemic, along with travel restrictions, we are aware that there is a chance face to face activities might not happen. Therefore, the conference plan can be easily switched from an in-person event to a digital platform for a virtual conference, just as we successfully did for the 2020 ICEE Virtual Conference. We will keep you informed.

The conference theme, along with the call for papers and more exciting news about the 2021 conference will be announced in our April newsletter. Please save the date for the conference. We hope everyone will join us in for the 2021 ICEE Conference in Geneva, face to face or digitally!

A few sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact the ICEE team at

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ICEE Marketplace of Exhibitions

The ICEE Marketplace of Exhibitions will be held as a virtual event on Tuesday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 27, 2021, both days from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) (New York).

The event provides ICEE and other ICOM members with the opportunity to network with institutions who may be interested in hiring an exhibition or collaborating on a future exhibition project. The program includes a series of 5-minute pitches on exhibitions for which registered presenters are seeking venues, a partner, or multiple partners. Pitches will be grouped by exhibition type over the two-days, April 20 for Natural History and Science & Technology exhibitions, and April 27 for Art and Culture exhibitions.

Presenters should submit their proposals using the designated template and send it via email by Friday April 9 to ICEE board members: Amanda Mayne, Hillary Spencer, and Julie Leclair with the subject “ICEE Marketplace of Exhibitions”. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your business, network and find new partners!

In Memory of John Coppola (1947-2021)

Museum colleagues and friends all over the world are deeply saddened by the recent passing of former ICEE Board member John Coppola, who was a museum professional, an artist, a world traveler, and a mentor to many. John had extensive experience in the museum sector and in visual exhibitions management as a practitioner, policy and grant maker, instructor, and writer on local, national, and international levels. Among other professional achievements, John served as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Exhibits Central (OEC) from 1991-1995, where he managed exhibition services, including design, editing, production, and installation of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions.

Beginning in 1996, he worked independently, providing museum management and exhibition development services to institutions in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. John served as President of the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States in Washington DC from 2016 to 2018, during which time he invigorated the organization and spearheaded fundraising campaigns in support of AMA’s exhibitions and programs.

According to his obituary in the Washington Post, John wished for his family and friends to celebrate his life with a party, which may be organized when the COVID pandemic subsides. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may make a donation in his name to Food and Friends DCFriends of the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, or the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

John’s commitment to ICOM ICEE as board member and Treasurer was remarkable. His unfailing kindness will be sorely missed.

Don’t Miss Teo Live on March 25!

Don’t miss Teo Live, a virtual event designed to support the international touring exhibitions community discover exhibitions, hear about trends and meet with colleagues. The event will be held on 25 March 2021, at 3:00 PM Paris time. To register please go to:

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