2015 Museum Publications Design Competition Winners

Nearly 400 submissions were received from the US and around the world for the 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition. Jurors sought out the best in graphic design in 12 different categories within two organizational budget categories (less than $750,000 and greater than $750,000). Among the winning features of this year’s entries were beautiful typography, effective use of white space and graphic creativity. Jurors also observed the positive role of branding in conveying institutional identity and message across multiple formats. First prize winners in the competition will be featured in a special section of the November/December issue of Museum.

This year’s competition jurors were:

  • Bennett DeOlazo, creative director, Studio B, Alexandria, VA
  • Nancy Hacskaylo, Senior Graphic Designer, Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Beth Lower, Art Director, American Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Lynch, Editor, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Judy Metro, Editor in Chief, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Best In Show (The Franny)

Late Harvest/2014 Art + Environment Conference
Nevada Museum of Art
Designed by: Brad Bartlett Design

A.      Exhibition Catalogs

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

Come Home in the Box
University Gallery, University of Florida
Designed by:  Connie Hwang Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design 
National Gallery of Victoria
Designed by: Thomas Deverall

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
The Barnes Foundation
Designed by: Kristen Spilman

Mound City
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Designed by: TOKY Branding + Design

Bartram’s Boxes REMIX
The Center for Art in Wood in association with Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Designed by: Dan Saal, StudioSaal Corporation

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In
National Gallery of Art
Designed by: Chris Vogel

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American
National Museum of American Jewish History
Designed by: Pure & Applied

Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Designed by: David Chickey

In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould
Peabody Essex Museum
Designed by: Daphne Geismar

State of the Art Exhibition Catalogue
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Designed by: Anna Vernon, Art Director

B. Posters

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

Groundhog Day Benefit Concert
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Designed by:  Gil Shuler Graphic Design

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Grand Opening
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Designed by:  Hound Dog Press

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Deco Japan Café Posters
Seattle Art Museum
Designed by: Seattle Art Museum

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot
Oakland Museum of California
Designed by: Dave Gottwald; Creative Direction: Scott Moulton; Photography: Torreya Cummings

C. Annual Report

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

2014 Annual Report
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture
Designed by:  Asha Hossain Design

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Annual Report
EMP Museum
Designed by: Emily Hooper

D. Books

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

Pabst Farms: The History of a Model Farm Pabst Farms, Inc. in association with Captain Frederick
Pabst Mansion, Inc.
Designed by:  Dan Saal, StudioSaal Corporation; Written by John C. Eastberg with a foreword by James C. Pabst 

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Beyond the Wall: Art and Artifacts from the GDR
The Wende Museum
Designed by:  TASCHEN

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-First Century: The Betsy and Robert Feinberg Collection
The Walters Art Museum
Designed by: Jennifer Paulson

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Santa Fe
Museum of New Mexico Press
Designed by: David Skolkin

The Nude in Photography
Getty Publications
Designed by: Jeffrey Cohen

E. Newsletter and Calendar of Events

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

Fall 2014 Calendar of Events
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Designed by:  Karen Ann Myers

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

LIVE Member Publication 
California Academy of Sciences
Designed by:  Rhonda Rubinstein, Jinny Kim, Sydney Buffman

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

2015 Skywatcher’s Guide
Adler Planetarium
Designed by: David Miller

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

National Gallery of Art Film program calendar
National Gallery of Art
Designed by: Brad Ireland

F. Magazines

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Studio
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Designed by:  Pentagram

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Manual: a journal about art and its making
RISD Museum
Designed by: Derek Schusterbauer

Memory & Action Magazine (Fall 2014)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Designed by: Pam del Canto

G. Scholarly Journals

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Gilcrease Journal Museum “Food” XXI.2
Gilcrease Museum
Designed by: Carol Haralson

H. Invitations

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Star Wars, Rebel, Princess, Jedi, Queen VIP Invitation
EMP Museum
Designed by:  Jeffrey Underwood

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Invitation to the Walters Gala 2014
The Walters Art Museum
Designed by: Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Friends Day Invitation Package
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Designed by: Adina Brosnan-McGee

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, Only In America Gala 
National Museum of American Jewish History
Designed by: Damon Shields at DK Shields, Inc.

I. Press Kits, Marketing and Public Relations Materials

Honorable Mention: Less than $750,000

American Saltwater Fly Fishing History Project
American Museum of Fly Fishing
Designed by: Dave Van de Water, Artifact

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Designed for Flowers Advertising Campaign
The Walters Art Museum
Designed by:  Johanna Biehler and Tony Venne

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Myth and Magic Faire
EMP Museum
Designed by: Emily Hooper

J. Fundraising/Membership Materials

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Exposing the Darkness: Photography in Conflict Zones
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Designed by: Mary Gasperetti; Writer/Editor: Marisa Beahm Klein;  Photographer: Lucian Perkins for the Washington Post

Miró: The Experience of Seeing Invitation Brochure
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Designed by: Rachel Goodwin

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Founders Annual Fundraiser Gala
EMP Museum
Designed by: Melissa Robinson

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

What You Do Matters Los Angeles Dinner
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 
Designed by: Joanne Zamore & Mary Gasperetti

K. Educational Resources

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

The Divine Comedy Curriculum Guide
Savannah College of Art & Design
Designed by: Savannah College of Art and Design

2nd Prize: Greater than $750,000

Masks Discovery Guide
Mingei International Museum
Designed by: Alexis O’ Banion and Francisco Soto

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Early Childhood Traveling Trunks Curriculum Booklet
San Antonio Museum of Art
Designed by: Lauren Sandoval

Children’s Guide to the Exhibition: “of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artist’s Book and the Natural World
Yale Center for British Art
Designed by: Sean Kuhnke, designer; Lyn Bell Rose, art director

L. Supplementary Material

1st Prize: Less than $750,000

Kathleen Robbins: Into the Flatland Brochure
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Designed by: Karen Ann Myers

2nd Prize: Less than $750,000

Jumaadi: Forgive Me Not to Miss You Brochure
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Designed by: Karen Ann Myers

1st Prize: Greater than $750,000

Country Museum Hall of Fame and Museum Event Sales Kit
Country Music Foundation Inc., dba Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Designed by: Adrianne Tuck

Honorable Mention: Greater than $750,000

Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan brochure
Princeton University Art Museum
Designed by: Lehze Flax