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About the Awards for Excellence

AAMC & AAMC Foundation 

 Awards for Excellence


Nominations are open for the 2018 Awards for Excellence, our annual prize dedicated to recognizing groundbreaking new scholarship in the field.

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. 


Awards for Excellence Reception
The Awards for Excellence Reception will be held during the Conference, on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Montreal, and we hope all Awardees will be able to join us at the event.  Ability to attend the event does not influence the award selection process.

2017 Awards for Excellence
Image by Michael Seto

Nomination & Selection Process

Award nominations are submitted electronically and can only be made by current AAMC members. 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. 

Awards for catalogues/publications; exhibitions/installations; essays, articles or extended catalogue entry; and digital publications, are determined by groups of curator jurors. In the first two categories, jurors are divided by operating budget category. 

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.


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 $5 million

Organization with operating budgets between $5 - $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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