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Awards for Excellence in Outstanding Exhibition or Installation
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AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXHIBITION OR INSTALLATION CATEGORIES

Nominations for all awards must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted electronically.  We encourage submissions for international exhibitions, as well as those focusing on permanent collections, especially ones that push the boundaries of curatorial practice.  Nominated curators do not need to be AAMC members but must be eligible for membership and become a member should they be selected as an Awardee. Self nominations are encouraged and welcomed. A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories. Therefore all nominees must be eligible for membership, if you have concerns about this, please contact the AAMC offices.

Nominations are submitted in the following operating budget categories:

Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm attendance at the Conference, and exact listings for the Awards. The Awardees are announced at the Annual Conference & Meeting during an Awards for Excellence reception, which will take place on Sunday, May 6 in Montreal, Canada. Attendance at the Conference is not required to receive an Award, but we do hope that Awardees will make every effort to participate.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE A NOMINATION

EXHIBITION SYNOPSIS INSTRUCTIONS

  • Include a ONE-page synopsis, describing the exhibition and demonstrating that it has advanced the field’s and public’s understanding of the subject in ways that had not been done before (that is, it has generated new scholarship and/or innovative insights into such arenas as creativity, social and cultural intercontextuality, biography).
  • This should also describe ways that the exhibition fulfilled the purpose of the museum as a site for meaningful public discourse and experience.
  • This must be submitted at PDF

CURATORIAL WRITING SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Include samples of curatorial writing that relate directly to the nominated exhibition or installation. These can be an essay, wall text, website description or other material, which will assessment the intellectual content of the exhibition and the curatorial vision.
  • This may be sent as a PDF and should not exceed two-pages in length.

IMAGES & VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

  • At least one video/photo is required 
  • Images and/or video should:
    • Demonstrate that the artworks in the exhibition are well-chosen; of high quality individually, while jointly reflecting the curatorial premise with clarity and dynamism
    • Include clear and accurate documentation of the design/presentation of the exhibition, specifically with regard to ways that its content and visitor experience were enhanced 
  • Up to FIVE images and ONE video URL may be submitted via the Image & Video PowerPoint Form
    • Download the form here
    • Add photos, URLs, and fill in blank fields
    • Save and upload it below as a .ppt or .pptx document
  • FIVE IMAGES AND ONE VIDEO ONLY -- additional materials will not be sent to jurors
  • Video may only be submitted via URL -- no files will be accepted

CRITERIA IN VETTING NOMINATIONS

  • Please click here for more information on the criteria used for vetting nominations in this category.
  • For some FAQ, please click here.


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