Poster Sessions

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to accept Poster Session Proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting to be held in Boise, ID from October 4th-7th, 2019.

The WMA aims to foster inclusion and leadership, and in that spirit the WMA announces the official Request for Proposals for the 2019 Poster Session. The goal of the Poster Session is to showcase how museums ENGAGE — the theme of WMA 2019 Annual Meeting — by making a positive impact in their communities. The Poster Session is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, and network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.



To submit a proposal, please download the 2019 Poster Session Proposal Form and send it to by the deadline Friday, May 31st, 2019.


Purpose of the Poster Session

  1. To engage in dialogue with colleagues about some of the most current work in our field;
  2. To encourage emerging museum professionals and other new presenters to share their work;
  3. To showcase projects and research currently being undertaken in and for museums; and,
  4. To encourage museum professionals to seek principles that can guide efforts to improve practice.

Who Can Submit a Proposal

The WMA is dedicated to serving museums and museum professionals in the West by providing vision, enrichment, intellectual challenge, and a forum for communication and interaction. Submissions are invited from the following:

  1. Post-secondary students and faculty in museum studies, public history, and / or related fields who have completed significant or promising work on museum-based projects or research;
  2. Emerging museum professionals with less than five years of experience in the museum field; and,
  3. Staff and consultants working in or with museums on new work.


Each presenter will prepare a poster, handouts, and other relevant materials. Easels will be provided for display. Poster sizes should be between 20” x 25” to 30” x 42” inches. If accepted, presenters will be sent further guidelines for content, format, and delivery of materials.

Click here to check out our tips and tricks for designing and presenting your poster!

Presenters must be available to answer questions and talk about their projects/research on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 (posters will be available for viewing throughout the day in the Exhibit Hall). Conference attendees will be invited to walk from display to display, read the posters and other materials, and interact with the presenters, who must be knowledgeable about the projects/research studied.

Submitting a Poster Presentation Proposal

To submit a proposal, please download the 2019 Poster Session Proposal Form and
send it to by Friday, May 31, 2019.