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AAMC's Awards for Excellence Announced

Sunday, April 30, 2017  
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NEW YORK, NY, MAY 8, 2017—The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation announced, during its Annual Conference & Meeting, the 2017 recipients of its Awards for Excellence, the organizations’ annual prize dedicated to recognizing groundbreaking new scholarship in the field.  AAMC received nearly 120 nominations for the 2017 Awards and selected 26 curators for their work on some 17 projects, including exhibitions, catalogues, essays, and digital publications, all mounted or published during 2016.  AAMC celebrated the accomplishments of the Awardees with an evening reception at the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum on Sunday, May 7.

The Awards this year included projects engaging large-scale international loan exhibitions, collaborations between local organizations and those working together across multiple cities, and in-depth research into new areas of scholarship.  Awards were distributed across fields of disciplines and institutional locations, highlighting the importance of curatorial engagement within our communities across the globe.

“In honoring digital publications for the first time, the AAMC is adding its support to the important contribution curators are making in the digital realm,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, “It is critical to celebrate advancements in the field, and those curators moving the profession forward through innovations in interpretation and access.”

Since their launch in 2004, the AAMC has honored nearly 150 curators through the Awards.  The Awards are the only recognition of their kind by which curators directly honor the work of their colleagues, and are highly esteemed by art curators everywhere.  The Award process opens in the fall, with nominations accepted over a three-month period.  Jurors, chosen for their expertise and respect within the community, review nominations in predetermined categories and select Award recipients.  As curatorial roles evolve, the AAMC has continued to review the Award categories and vetting process to be inclusive of all curatorial achievements in scholarship, education and visitor experience.  More information is available at


Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  For more information, visit

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