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Nominations Now Accepted for a 2020 Awards for Excellence

Monday, October 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Monica Valenzuela
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New York, October 21, 2019 – AAMC is currently accepting nominations for its Awards for Excellence, an annual award dedicated to recognizing affiliated and independent curators whose work offers new methodologies, considers the public’s understanding, and advances the field. Since their launch in 2004, nearly 200 curators have been honored. It is the only recognition of its kind by which curators directly celebrate the work of their colleagues, and are highly esteemed by the arts community. Click here to view past Awards for Excellence recipients.

The 2020 nomination period closes early this year, so please mark the deadline on your calendar: All nominations must be submitted through our online portal by 12PM noon EST on Monday, December 2. We strongly encourage early submissions, and highly encourage self-nominations from curators around the globe, so click here to submit your nomination today!

Nominations must be submitted by current AAMC members, and nominated curators must be eligible for membership and become a member should they be selected as an Awardee. If you have concerns about this, please contact the AAMC offices and visit our website to review criteria for membership. Only curators can receive an award. This includes both independent and affiliated curators at venues including but not limited to: traditional four-wall galleries, large museums, small non-profits, university art museums, experimental or multidisciplinary spaces, and public spaces. Those in other positions within organizations and in for-profit settings cannot be awarded.

Eligible projects must have been on view or published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Subject matter may cover any field and/or topic relevant to the curatorial field. A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or more of the following categories:


Outstanding Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue by organization operating budget category:

  • Under $5 million
  • Between $5-15 million
  • Between $15-30 million
  • Over $30 million

Outstanding Exhibition or Installation by organization operating budget category:

  • Under $5 million
  • Between $5-15 million
  • Between $15-30 million
  • Over $30 million


Awardees are kept confidential until they are announced at our Art Curators Conference during an Awards for Excellence reception on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Seattle. We hope that all Awardees will be able to join us at the event. Ability to attend the event does not influence the award selection process.

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