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ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM CURATORS & AAMC FOUNDATION
2018 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS


MONTREAL, CANADA, MAY 6, 2018 The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation announced the 2018 recipients of its Awards for Excellence, the organizations’ annual prize recognizing groundbreaking new scholarship in the field.  The awards were presented this year by PACART, the fine art and exhibition transportation service, with Pierre Bechard, President of PACART recognizing the awardees at a ceremony held during the AAMC Annual Conference at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Garnering a record 174 nominations for curatorial projects--including exhibitions, catalogs, and essays-- mounted or published in 2017,  the 2018 Awards for Excellence honored achievements across fields of specialization and institutional locations, highlighting the importance of the curatorial voice within the visual arts. The honorees receiving the award this year represent 11 curatorial projects, which are Leslie Anne Anderson, Carmen C. Bambach, Julius Bryant, C. Ondine Chavoya, Kevin D. Dumouchelle, David Evans Frantz, Ilona Katzew, Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Christine M. Kreamer, Karen E. Milbourne, Anne Monahan,  E. Carmen Ramos, Juan Coronel Rivera,  Matthew H. Robb, Elizabeth Siegel, and Susan Weber. A complete listing of the awards follows.

“AAMC is proud to celebrate the work of curators through our annual Awards for Excellence, which creates a unique platform for curators to be acknowledged by their peers,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “The 16 honorees this year have catalyzed a dialogue through their awarded work by shedding new light on a wide range of curatorial subjects.” 

Since their launch in 2004, the AAMC has honored over 176 curators through the awards. The Awards for Excellence are the only recognition of their kind by which curators directly honor the work of their colleagues. The Award process opens in the fall, with nominations accepted until January. Nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury panel of experts, who included [insert names of jurors for 2018 awards].  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 http://www.artcurators.org/?page=Prizes.

2018 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE RECEPIENTS

Catalogue Awards 

Organization with an operating budget under $5 million
C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies, Williams College
David Evans Frantz, Curator, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
For Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

Organization with an operating budget of $5 - $15 million
Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word & Image, Victoria & Albert Museum
Susan Weber, Director and Founder, Iris Horowitz Professor in the History of the Decorative Arts, Bard Graduate Center
For John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London at Bard Graduate Center

Organization with an operating budget of $15 - $30 million
Matthew H. Robb, Chief Curator, Fowler Museum at UCLA
For Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young

Organization with an operating budget over $30 million (tie)
Ilona Katzew, Curator & Department Head, Latin American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
For Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Carmen C. Bambach, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Awards

Organization with an operating budget under $5 million
Leslie Anne Anderson, Curator of European, American, & Regional Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
For American and Regional Art: Mythmaking & Truth-Telling at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Organization with an operating budget of $5 - $15 million
Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Christine M. Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Karen E. Milbourne, Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
For Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution 

Organization with an operating budget of $15 - $30 million
E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator and Curator of Latino Art
For Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Organization with an operating budget over $30 million
Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Director of the Program for the Art of the Ancient Americas, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Juan Coronel Rivera, Independent Curator
For Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Article, Essay or Extended Catalogues

Anne Monahan, Independent Scholar & Curator
For “’Working My Thought More Perfectly’: Horace Pippin’s The Lady of the Lake” in the Metropolitan Museum Journal

 

Digital Publication Category

Elizabeth Siegel, Curator of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago
For Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1959–1970 at The Art Institute of Chicago

ABOUT AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION
The Association of Art Museum Curators (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. Founded in 2001, we include over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. For more information, visit artcurators.org.

CONTACT
Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, +1-212-879-5701, judith.pineiro@artcurators.org
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