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About the Awards for Excellence



Awards for Excellence Reception
We will be honored to celebrate the next group of Award recipients with a reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the International Center of Photography in NYC. The ability to attend the event does not influence the award selection process. 

About the Awards

Awarded at the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference & Meeting, and open to all AAMC members in good standing, the Awards celebrate curatorial excellence with non-cash prizes. The Awards are the only of their kind by which curators honor their own. For more information please see below or click here to view a FAQ page for the AAMC Awards for Excellence.  

2015 Awards for Excellence at the AAMC Annual Conference
Image by Lynn Lane

Nomination & Selection Process

Nominations for all awards must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted electronically. Self nominations are encouraged and welcomed. A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories. The nominated curators, should they be selected as an Awardee, must be or become an AAMC current members. 

Awards for catalogues/publications; essays, articles or extended catalogue entry; and digital publications, are determined by groups of curator jurors, and where applicable jurors are divided by operating budget category. The exhibition awards are determined by the AAMC Awards for Excellence committee, which does review all operating budget categories in this section.

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.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards will open on November 1, 2016 and the final deadline for nominations is 12 pm ET on February 1, 2017. Please note this deadline is firm.

Awards are given in the following categories:

Outstanding Printed Catalogue/Publication (awarded by museum operating budget category)

Outstanding Exhibition/Installation (awarded by museum operating budget category)

Outstanding Essay, Article, or Extended Catalogue Entry (digital or print)

Outstanding Digital Publication 

Categories of Awards for Exhibitions/Installations and Catalogues/Publications are subdivided based on an organization's operating budget.

Organization with operating budgets under $2 million

Organization with operating budgets between $2 - $6 million

Organization with operating budgets between $6 - $15 million

Organization with operating budgets between $15 - $30 million

Organization with operating budgets over $30 million


Past winners by Year

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