2013 Museum Publications Design Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners. The competition will be featured in a special section in the November/December issue of Museum

The jurors sought out the best in graphic design in 15 different categories. Among the highlights of this year’s winning entries were beautiful typography, effective use of white space and graphic creativity.  Jurors also observed the positive role that branding is having in conveying institutional identity and message across multiple formats.

The jurors of this year’s competition were:

  • Antonio Alcalà, president, Studio A, Alexandria, Va.
  • Margaret Bauer, designer and owner, Margaret Bauer Graphic Design, Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy Hacskaylo, senior graphic designer, Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrea Stevens, director of strategic communications, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), Washington, D.C.

Best in Show (The Franny)

  • Ori Gersht: History Repeating
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.
    Designed by: Lucinda Hitchcock

A. Exhibition Catalogues

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep
    Halsey Institute  of Contemporary Art, Charleston, S.C.
    Designed by: Gil Shuler Graphic Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Wendy Schleicher

2nd Prize

  • Drawing Surrealism
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Designed by: Michael Worthington-Counterspace

Honorable Mentions

  • Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary
    The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
    Designed by: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta
  • Richard Artschwager!
    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Daphne Geismar
  • Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints & Drawings, 1475-1540
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Brad Ireland
  • Command 2:  Artists Working w/Phenomena & Technology
    Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore  County, Baltimore
    Designed by: Kelley Bell
  • The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction
    Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebr.
    Designed by: Nathan Putens
  • 40 Under 40 : Craft Futures
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Karen Siatras

B. Posters

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Richard Caton Woodville
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

Honorable Mentions

  • War on Insects
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
    Designed by: Jeff Williford
  • Norman Rockwell's America (poster series)
    Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala.
    Designed by: James Edward Williams
  • We the People Event Series Posters
    The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
    Designed by: Patrick O'Rourke
  • An Irrepressible Conflict
    New York State Museum, Albany
    Designed by: Craig Gravina
  • Dancing Around the Bride
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Alain Sainson Frank

C. Annual Reports

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Report of Activities and Giving
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
    Designed by: Julie Fry

2nd prize

  • Toledo Museum of Art-Annual Report
    Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
    Designed by: Leah Brasch

Honorable Mentions

  • 2011–2012 Annual Report
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Lea Caruso, Pam del Canto
  • The Museum of Flight 2011 Annual Report
    The Museum of Flight, Seattle
    Designed by: Sherri Scott

D. Books

2nd Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
    Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, S.C.
    Designed by: Gil Shuler Graphic Design

Honorable Mention

  • Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection
    MacLean Collection, Mettawa, Ill.
    Designed by: Lorraine Wild, Green Dragon Office

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Instituting Reform:  The Social Museum of Harvard University,1903–1931
    Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass.
    Designed by: Daphne Geismar

2nd Prize

  • The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation
    The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Abbott Miller and Kim Walker, Pentagram

Honorable Mentions

  • Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
    Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Tex.
    Designed by: Abrams
  • Gila
    Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe
    Designed by: David Skolkin
  • The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Antonio Alcalá, Studio A
  • Hahan and Friends
    Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, AUS
    Designed by: Jenna Hoskin
  • The American Circus
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta

E. Newsletters

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

  • Lux Quarterly Newsletter
    Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, Calif.
    Designed by: John Ball and Mires Ball

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • In a New Light: BMA Campaign Newsletter
    The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
    Designed by: Lisa Pupa

Honorable Mentions

  • Siteline: No.58, Spring 2012
    SITES: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Studio A

  • Siteline: No.59, Fall 2012
    SITES: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Studio A

  • Series of 2012 JCSM Newsletters
    Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
    Designed by: Janet Guynn

F. Magazines

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • VIEW, Magazine for Members
    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
    Designed by: Ursula Rothfuss

2nd Prize

  • IMA Magazine
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Designed by: Matthew Taylor

Honorable Mentions

  • Connections Member Magazine (series)
    January/February 2012, March/April 2012, September/October 2012, November/December 2012
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
    Designed by: Leeann Leftwich Zajas
  • The Walters Art Museum Members Magazine (series)
    Fall 2012, Spring 2013
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Tony Venne and Johanna Biehler

G. Scholarly Journals

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Annual Journal Winter 2012/2013
    Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Old Chatham, N.Y.
    Designed by: Samantha Dion Baker

Honorable Mention

  • Oilfield Journal 2010-2011
    Drake Well Museum, Titusville, Pa.
    Designed by: Friends of Drake Well Museum, Inc. and Einhorn Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • City Courant: The Journal of the Museum of the City of New York
    Museum of the City of New York, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Pure + Applied

Honorable Mentions

  • ARS Orientalis
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Edna Jamandre
  • Getty Research Journal, No 4
    Getty Publications, Los Angeles
    Designed by: Jim Drobka
  • West 86th: Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Laura Grey & Ben Tuttle

H. Calendars

No Winners in 2013

I. Invitations

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Gardner Gala 2012
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
    Designed by: Kyle Thomas Hemingway

2nd prize (tied)

  • Cultural Conversations 2012 Suite | Save the Date Invitations
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
    Designed by: Leeann Leftwich Zajas

2nd prize (tied)

  • Nine Rives Gala Invitation
    Rubin Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Andrea Pemberton

Honorable Mentions

  • Maharaja Ball,The Women's Board
    The Field Museum, Chicago
    Designed by: Lori Walsh

  • Contemporary Wing Reopening Preview
    The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
    Designed by: J. Spence Holman

  • Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones Press Preview Invitation
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
    Designed by: Adam Sherkanowski

  • Invitation-Ansel Adams-At the Water's Edge Private Preview Invitation
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
    Designed by: Peabody Essex Museum

  • Bard Center Scholarship Fund Benefit
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Laura Grey & Ben Tuttle

J. Press Kits

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts
    The Field Museum, Chicago
    Designed by: Lori Walsh

K. Fundraising/Membership Materials

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • End of the Year Appeal 2012
    Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, Calif.
    Designed by: John Ball and Mires Ball

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000 (tied)

  • Membership Brochures (4 Levels)
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
    Designed by: Julie Fry

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000 (tied)

  • Fundraising Brochures for High Level Donors
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
    Designed by: Julie Fry

Honorable Mentions

  • A Floral Fiesta!
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

  • Adopt a T-Rex Box
    The Field Museum, Chicago
    Designed by: David Quednau

  • Sackler 25th Anniversary Gala Program for Donors
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Nancy Hacskaylo

L. Calendar of Events

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Center for the Arts 2012-2013 Season
    Freedman Gallery Albright College, Reading, Pa.
    Designed by: Heidi Derstler

Honorable Mention

  • Fall 2012-Summer 2013 Art Exhibitions and Events
    Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va.
    Designed by: Anstey-Hodge Advertising Group

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • National Gallery of Art Film Program Calendar
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Brad Ireland

2nd Prize

  • 2012 Monthly Calendar of Events
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Adina Brosnan McGee

Honorable Mentions

  • Series: Open House for Seniors-Staging Fashion, Open House for Seniors-Circus and the City, Evening for Educators-January 26
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Laura Grey & Ben Tuttle

  • Playing With Modernism
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Laura Grey

  • At the Gardner/Music at the Gardner Programming Calendar
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
    Designed by: 2X4, Julie Fry

M. Educational Resources

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

  • Girl Scout Welcome Activity Badge Cards
    National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Brian Barth / Rania Hassah

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Riddle of the Room Art Gallery Kit and Audio Tour
    The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Glue and Paper Workshop

2nd prize (tied)

  • The Walters Herald
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

2nd prize (tied)

  • Hats Off! Discovery Kit
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
    Designed by: Kristen Ternullo

Honorable Mentions

  • Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Rita Jules, Miko McGinty Inc.

  • Torn Within & Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era
    Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort
    Designed by: Ray Rieck

  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program Poster Set
    SITES: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Mires Ball

  • Art in Focus: Gazes Returned-The Technical Examination of Early English Panel Painting
    Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn.
    Designed by: Lyn Bell Rose and Jessica Svendsen

N. Supplementary Materials

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Masters of Mercy Exhibition brochure
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Nancy Hacskaylo

2nd Prize

  • Gallery Guide
    The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Abbott Miller and Kristen Spilman, Pentagram

Honorable Mentions

  • Gallery Programs Winter 2012
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, N.Y.
    Designed by: Laura Grey & Ben Tuttle

  • Suite of Brochures, 2012
    SFO Museum, San Francisco
    Designed by: Robert Harris

  • Off the Wall
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

  • Roads of Arabia brochure
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Designed by: Adina Brosnan McGee

O. Marketing Materials

Honorable Mentions: Greater than $750,000

  • Titanoboa-Giant Snake Exhibit Material
    SITES: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Fuszion

  • Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne