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About the Awards for Excellence

  AAMC & AAMC Foundation 

 Awards for Excellence


We encourage nominations for both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field through our Awards for Excellence.

Awarded annually at the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference & Meeting, and open to all AAMC members in good standing, the Awards for Excellence celebrate curatorial excellence with non-cash prizes. The Awards are the only of their kind by which curators honor their own. Click here to view past awardees>


Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue (awarded by art organization operating budget category)
  • Outstanding Exhibition or Installation (awarded by art organization operating budget category)
  • Outstanding Article or Essay (digital or print)
  • Outstanding Digital Publication


The nomination portal for 2019 Awards is closed.


Important Dates

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards.

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm ET on December 14, 2018. Please note this deadline is firm.


2018 Awards for Excellence Awardees, image by Nadia Zheng Photography


  • All nominations 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 a AAMC member and can only be submitted through this 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 review our criteria for membershipOnly 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.
  • Each nominator or nominee submitting in the Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue category must mail 3-5 print copies of the nominated publication to the jurors (one copy each). Addresses will be sent to nominators upon the submission of the online application form. It is the responsibility of the nominee or nominator to ensure copies are received in hand (not postmarked) NO LATER THAN Friday, December 14, 2018. Late arrivals will not be accepted.

Nomination & Selection Process

AAMC & AAMC Foundation supports 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.

Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm attendance at the Conference (which is not required, but encouraged), and exact listings for the Awards.

Awardees are confidential until they are announced at the Annual Conference & Meeting during an Awards for Excellence reception on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in New York City. Attendance at the Conference is not required to receive an Award, but we do hope that Awardees will make every effort to participate.

Click here to review Award Criteria>


2018 Awards for Excellence Reception Presented by PACART

The 2018 Awards for Excellence were presented by PACART. AAMC received nearly 170 nominations, from there, 11 projects were selected as Awardees. A special thank you to our Awards for Excellence Chair, Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy and Interim Curator, Purcell-Cutts House, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and to all our jurors.

We celebrated the achievements of this year’s Awardees at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal with PACART as our sponsor.


Past winners by Year


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