2014 Museum Publications Design Competition Winners

Among the highlights of this year’s winning entries were an interesting mix of risk-taking and classically designed books and catalogs. The jurors commented positively on layouts and font selections that were legible and complimented the content and images. Jurors also took note of the first digital-only exhibition catalog submitted to the competition.

This year’s competition jurors were:

  • Antonio Alcalá, president, Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Bennett DeOlazo, creative director, Studio B, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Maria Habib, senior director of design, design lab instructor, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C.
  • Marty Ittner, creative director, m-Art, Tacoma Park, Maryland
  • Amy Mannarino, manager of communications and marketing, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Amy Pastan, writer/editor, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrea Stevens, director of strategic communications, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), Washington, D.C.

Best In Show (The Franny)

  • New Jersey as Non-Site
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
    Designed by: Daphne Geismar

A.      Exhibition Catalogs

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Of Elephants and Roses: French Natural History 1790–1830
    American Philosophical Society Museum, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Marc Blaustein

2nd Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Garden of the Heart's Desire
    University Gallery, Gainesville, FL
    Designed by: Connie Hwang Design

Honorable Mentions: Less than $750,000

  • Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman
    Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC
    Designed by: Gil Shuler Graphic Design
  • Cyril Lixenberg: An Artist Journey
    Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI
    Designed by: Plenty, iloveplenty.com

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Designed by: Xiaoquing Wang and Lorraine Wild

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Garry Winogrand
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Designed by: Tracey Shiffman and Alex Kohnke, Shiffman & Kohnke

Honorable Mentions: Greater than $750,000

  • Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Designed by: Stuart Smith and Lorraine Wild
  • Graphite (iBook digital catalogue)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Designed by: Toky
  • The Itinerant Languages of Photography
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
    Designed by: Miko McGinty and Rita Jules
  • 9 Artists
    Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
    Designed by: Andrea Hyde, Walker Art Center Design Department
  • Yoga: The Art of Transformation
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Studio A, Alexandria, VA
  • Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art
    Georgia Museum of Art, Athens
    Designed by: Roy Brooks, Fold Four, Inc.

B. Posters

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
    Seattle Art Museum
    Designed by: Rush Fay, Seattle Art Museum

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Reptile and Amphibian Day poster
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
    Designed by: Jeff Williford

Honorable Mentions: Greater than $750,000

  • Birds of New York Exhibition Poster
    New York State Museum, Albany
    Designed by: Craig Gravina
  • Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event
    New York State Museum, Albany
    Designed by: Leigh Ann Smith, New York State Museum
  • Front Room Exhibition artist poster
    Baltimore Museum of Art
    Designed by: Jimmy Joe Roche

C. Annual Report

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • The Franklin Institute's Annual Report
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Stephanie Pryor

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Telling Our Story: 2012/2013 Annual Report
    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Tabula Creative

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • 2012 Indiana Historical Society Annual Report
    Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis
    Designed by: Anitra Helton
  • Headlines & Milestones: TMA Annual Report 2012
    Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
    Designed by: Madhouse
  • Year in Review 2012–2013
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York City
    Designed by: Laura Grey

D. Books

2nd Prize (tied): Less than $750,000

  • Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments
    Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, San José State University, CA
    Designed by: Marquand Books, Inc. Seattle
  • RAM 100: Rockford Art Museum, 1913–2013
    Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
    Designed by: Diane Jaroch Design

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

  • Charting New Waters: Redefining Marine Painting
    Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona
    Designed by: Rita Lascaro
  • Layton's Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888–2013
    Layton Art Collection, Milwaukee
    Designed by: Studio Saal Corp.

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • A Handbook of California Design, 1930–1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Designed by: Irma Boom

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • A Place of Welcome: Celebrating the Skirball Cultural Center
    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
    Designed by: Christopher Muñiz

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • Eyes of the Ancestors: The Arts of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art
    Dallas Museum of Art
    Designed by: Jeff Wincapaw, Marquand Books, Seattle
  • If There's Squash Bugs in Heaven, I Ain't Staying
    Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe
    Designed by: Jason Valdez
  • Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration, Poems & Photographs
    National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Antonio Alcalá, Studio A

E. Newsletter and Calendar of Events

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

  • Fall 2013–Summer 2014 Art Exhibitions and Events
    Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
    Designed by: Anstey-Hodge Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Freer | Sackler Calendar (12 month series)
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Adina Brosnan McGee

2nd Prize (tied): Greater than $750,000

  • BAM/PFA Program Guide
    Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley
    Designed by: Mary Kate Murphy
  • 148 Things to Do in Fall 2013
    The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Skelton Design

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • SFMOMA Member Magazine
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Designed by: SFMOMA Design Studio: Jennifer Sonderby, creative director; Sophine Lim, designer

F. Magazines

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • IMA Magazine (Sept–Dec 2013)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Designed by: Matthew Taylor

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • The Walters Art Museum Members Magazine Autumn 2013, January–April 2014
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
    Designed by: Tony Venne | Johanna Biehler

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • Index Magazine
    Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
    Designed by: Harvard Art Museums Design Department
  • Telfair
    Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
    Designed by: Holly Akkerman

G. Scholarly Journals

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • IFAR Journal, Volume 13 Number 4 2012/2013
    International Foundation for Arts Research, New York City
    Designed by: Alice Fisk MacKenzie

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Manual: A Journal about Art and its Making
    RISD Museum, Providence, RI
    Designed by: Derek Schusterbauer, Colin Frazer

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900–1949
    Denver Art Museum
    Designed by: Carol Harlson, Carol Harlson Books

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000                               

  • Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts: Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Designed by: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo
  • White House History Journal, Issue 34: The White House and the West
    White House Historical Association, Washington, DC
    Designed by: White House Historical Association

H. Invitations

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Project Los Altos - Invitation
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Designed by: SFMOMA Design Studio: Bosco Hernández, Art Director

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Chairman's Council Dinner Invitation
    Baltimore Museum of Art
    Designed by: J. Spence Holman

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000               

  • Some Enlightened Evening invitation
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Nancy Hacskaylo

I. Press Kits, Marketing and Public Relations Materials

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume
    SITES-Smithsonian, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Design Army

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
    Seattle Art Museum
    Designed by: Rush Fay, Seattle Art Museum

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • Newspaper Ads Series for Museum Store
    Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
    Designed by: Chris Graver

J. Fundraising/Membership Materials

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

  • Capital Campaign Fundraising Packet
    Benton County Historical Society, Philomath, OR
    Designed by: Mary Susan Weldon, Dock No. 2 Design | Andrea Marks, design:marks

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • SFMOMA Capital Campaign
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Designed by: Jennifer Sonderby, creative director; Public Design, designers

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • DMA Partners and Corporate Partners Mailout
    Dallas Museum of Art
    Designed by: Rebecca Winti

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • University of Michigan Museum of Art "Advancing a University Art Museum for the World" Campaign Case Statement
    University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
    Designed by: Savitski Design
  • Hello, Neighbor
    Mingei International Museum, San Diego
    Designed by: Alexis O'Banion
  • Membership Matters Suite
    Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
    Designed by: Laura Radwell / Radwell Communication by Design

K. Educational Resources

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, poster set for teachers
    SITES-Smithsonian, Washington, DC
    Designed by: Studio A, Alexandria, VA

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Great and Mighty Things Kids' Guide
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Designed by: Lindsey Heiselmoyer

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • The Franklin Institute's Field Trip Planner
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Lauren Smedley
  • BGC Gallery Programs for Schools and Educators Fall 2013
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York City
    Designed by: Kate DeWitt with Aurora Robles
  • BGC Programs for Schools and Educators Winter/Spring 2013
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York City
    Designed by: Laura Grey

L. Supplementary Material

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Rack Card - Cyril Lixenberg
    Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI
    Designed by: Plenty, iloveplenty.com

2nd Prize: Less than $750,000

  • Letters from Afar
    Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia
    Designed by: Andrea Hemmann, GHI Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
    Seattle Art Museum
    Designed by: Rush Fay, Seattle Art Museum

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

  • The Franklin Institute's Strategic Plan
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
    Designed by: Lauren Smedley

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

  • Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London
    Seattle Art Museum
    Designed by: Rush Fay, Seattle Art Museum
  • Suite of Brochures
    SFO Museum, San Francisco
    Designed by: Robert Harris