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Publication Award                  Exhibition Award                  Digital Publication Award

 

Publication Award Criteria

Below are the criteria by which the Catalogue/Publication and Article, Essay and Extended Catalogue Entry Jurors use to guide them in the selection process. Key criteria are Originality, Interpretation & Research.

Thesis:

  • Is the text exceptionally well-written and either in accordance with accepted art historical standards or offer new methodologies that benefit those standards or incorporate relevant approaches from other disciplines?
  • Does it advance the field’s and the public’s understanding of the subject in new and engaging ways? 
  • Does it offer new perspectives, e.g. scholarship, new research, an original concept?
  • Is the point of view clear and compelling?
  • Does it take risks? Is it a game-changer?
  • If a multi-author publication, is the scope and scale warranted and does the sum of the parts provide an integrated approach that supports and enhances the central concept? Has the use of multiple authors taken the best advantage of interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to the central topic?
  • If a collection catalogue, is the scope and scale warranted, does the selection of objects provide a compelling profile of the collection, and is the type of information provided about the objects a useful and compelling balance of documentation and interpretation, including new modes of interpretation?
  • If a single essay, do the topic, approach, and conclusions make a persuasive case appropriate to its length and either represent a summative statement with longstanding relevance or a foundation for inspiring new research and analysis?

Design:

  • Is the design of the publication conducive to the material?
  • Is it original, innovative, engaging?
  • Are the reproductions of high quality?

 

Exhibition Award Criteria

Below are the criteria by which the exhibition awards are vetted. Key criteria are Originality, Interpretation & Research.

Thesis:

  •  Does this exhibition advance the field’s and the public’s understanding of the subject in new and engaging ways? 
  • Does the exhibition present innovation, new perspectives in ideas or presentation, e.g. scholarship, new research, original concept? 
  •  Is the point of view clear and compelling?
  •  Does it take risks? Is it a game-changer?

Visitor Engagement: 

  •  Does the exhibition offer opportunities for audience engagement?
  •  How does it connect/resonate with current issues/interests of our time? Why this exhibition now? What is the contemporary relevance of material?
  •  Does it contribute to the purpose of the museum as a site for meaningful public discourse and experience? 
  •  Are there multiple and appropriate ways for visitors to engage? (i.e. beyond labels & panels)

Collaboration/Partnership (from co-curatorship to crowdsourcing and everything in between):

  •  Does the exhibition offer opportunities for outstanding, original and creative collaboration? 
  •  Did the collaboration foster new ways of thinking and engaging with the material? 

 Works: 

  •  Are the artworks in the exhibition well-chosen? 
  •  Are they of high quality individually, while jointly reflecting the curatorial premise with clarity and dynamism?

Design:

  • Does the design/presentation of the exhibition enhance its content and the visitor experience?
  •  Is it engaging, unpredictable, enlightening, original? 

 

Digital Publication Award Criteria

Below are the criteria by which the Digital Publication jurors will use to guide them in the selection process.

  • What is the functionality, ease of use, and new features offered?

  • Does it take advantage of digital technologies and originality and innovation?

  • Is the text exceptionally well-written and in accordance with accepted art historical standards or does it offer new methodologies that benefit those standards or incorporate relevant approaches from other disciplines?

  • Does it advance the field’s and the public’s understanding of the subject in new and engaging ways? 

  • Does it offer new perspectives, e.g. scholarship, new research, an original concept? 

  • Is the point of view clear and compelling?

  • Does it take risks? Is it a game-changer?

  • If a multi-author publication, is the scope and scale warranted and does the sum of the parts provide an integrated approach that supports and enhances the central concept? Has the use of multiple authors taken the best advantage of interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to the central topic?

  • If a collection catalogue, is the scope and scale warranted, does the selection of objects provide a compelling profile of the collection, and is the type of information provided about the objects a useful and compelling balance of documentation and interpretation?

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