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GENERAL ELIGIBILITY FOR ALL CATEGORIES

 

  • Nominations in all award categories must have been on view or published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
  • Nominations for all awards must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through this online portal.
  • 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. If you have concerns about this, please contact the AAMC offices and visit our website to review criteria for membership. Only curators can receive the award.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.
  • A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or many categories.
  • Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents. An incomplete entry will NOT be accepted or reviewed.

 

CATEGORY VETTING CRITERIA

 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support advancing inclusion and access throughout our entire organization, the curatorial field, and art community as a whole. Jurors are asked to consider work that encourages pushing boundaries with new approaches and perspectives in research, presentation, and access.

We seek work that is within scholarly standards but that offers new methodologies, considers the public’s understanding, and advances the field. Importantly, we seek curatorial work that supports inclusion and access.

It is the content and presentation of the nominations that is celebrated by these Awards in the following categories:

 

Print Catalogue             Exhibition/Installation             Article/Essay             Digital Publication

 

 

EXHIBITION OR PERMANENT COLLECTION CATALOGUE

 

AAMC encourages nominations for excellent Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogues by both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field.

Competitive Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and respondent to issues of inclusivity within museums and arts organizations.
  • Content that is curator-driven, i.e. researched, well-written, vetted, and perhaps peer-reviewed (the latter if applicable).
  • References, comparative images, conservation information, etc.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, contemporary social issues.
  • Advances the understanding of the subject content in new and engaging ways for all audiences.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging design elements, including but not limited to quality images and reproductions, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.

 

EXHIBITION OR INSTALLATION

 

AAMC encourages nominations for outstanding Exhibitions or Installations by both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field.

Competitive Exhibition or Installation nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and respondent to issues of inclusivity within museums and arts organizations.
  • Well-chosen artworks, relative to both the exhibition or installation thesis as well as the public interest.
  • Connections to timely, contemporary social issues and advances the understanding of its content in new and engaging ways.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing boundaries and the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging exhibition design elements, including but not limited to incorporation of technology, interactive elements, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.

 

ARTICLES OR ESSAYS

 

 AAMC encourages nominations for outstanding Articles or Essays by both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field.

Competitive Article or Essay nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and respondent to issues of inclusivity within museums and arts organizations.
  • Content and approach that is curator-driven, i.e. researched, well-written, persuasive, vetted, and perhaps peer-reviewed (the latter if applicable).
  • Connections to timely, contemporary social issues and that advances the understanding of its content in new and engaging ways.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging design elements, including but not limited to quality images and reproductions, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.

 

DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

 

AAMC encourages nominations for outstanding Digital Publications by both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field.

Competitive Digital Publication nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria:

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and respondent to issues of inclusivity within museums and arts organizations.
  • Content that is curator-driven, i.e. researched, well-written, vetted, and perhaps peer-reviewed (the latter if applicable).
  • Contain all the elements of a printed scholarly work (references, comparative images, conservation information, etc.).
  • Takes advantage of digital technologies, such as, interactive material, zoomable images, responsive design for multiple devices, overlays of conservation documentation, links to archival and/or other documentary material including audio or video.
  • Connections/reflections to timely, contemporary social issues.
  • Advances the understanding of the subject content in new and engaging ways for all audiences.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging design elements, including but not limited to quality images and reproductions, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.
  • Be time-stamped or fixed for eligibility upon first introduction as a publication in 2018 (some digital publications are editioned, some constantly updated as dynamic). For example, digital publications produced as part of the Getty’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative have a permanent, fixed publication date to be cited by scholars (which requires a Persistent Uniform Resource Locator [PURL link] and easily citable text). 

 

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