Awards and Competitions

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Past Recipients Excellence in Exhibition Awards

2017 Recipients

Overall Award Winner

Special Achievement (alphabetical order by exhibit title)

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order by exhibit title)

2016 Recipients

  • Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
    National Museum of the American Indian
    Washington, DC
  • Coast to Cactus in Southern California
    San Diego Natural History Museum
    California
  • National Geographic Sacred Journeys
    Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
    Indiana
  • Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio
    Denver Art Museum
    Colorado
  • The Science Behind Pixar
    Museum of Science
    Boston, MA
  • Living Seashore
    National Aquarium
    Baltimore, MD
  • Object Project
    National Museum of American History
    Washington, DC
  • Pacific Worlds
    Oakland Museum of California
    California

Honorable Mention

  • Broken? Fix It!
    Long Island Children’s Museum
  • Innovation Galleries: Early Peoples
    North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum

2015 Recipients

  • State of the Art
    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Your Brain
    Franklin Institute
  • “Interstitial Area Installations”
    National September 11 Memorial Museum
  • Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
    Royal British Columbia Museum

Honorable Mention

  • Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial
    The Office of the City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division (Boston City Archives)
  • The Big Graph
    Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Freeport [No. 007]: Celest Boursier-Mougenot
    Peabody Essex Museum

2014 Recipients

Special Distinction

  • Imaginative Design and Interpretation
    Design for the Modern Child
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Innovative Integration of Design and Content
    First Peoples
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • Exemplary Model of Creating Experiences for Social Engagement
    Jungle Trails
    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ohio
  • Outstanding Connections Between Design, Content and Community Context
    Nature Lab
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Calif.

Honorable Mention

  • Shop Life
    Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, New York City

2013 Recipients

Special Distinction

  • Aesthetics and Materials
    Light: Installations by Bruce Munro
    Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
  • Messaging and Engagement
    Health Happens Here
    The California Museum, Sacramento
  • Community Engagement
    Out in Chicago
    Chicago History Museum
  • Alignment of Site and Mission: Suite of Exhibitions
    Sky, Life, Land, First Peoples, Great Salt Lake, and Past Worlds
    Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

2012 Recipients

Overall Excellence

  • Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to the Present
    Detroit Institute of Arts

Special Distinction

  • Eloquent Presentation of Topic
    Across the Wire: Voices from Heart Mountain
    Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center, Powell, WY
  • Innovative Reframing of Collections
    Dinosaur Hall
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • Exemplary Inclusion of Community Voices
    Coming to California
    Oakland Museum of California

Honorable Mention

  • Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
    The New York Public Library, New York City

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