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AAMC is currently accepting nominations for outstanding Articles or Essays by both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field. 

Articles or Essays must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2019 written by curators in the non-profit sector. Those in other fields and in for-profit settings cannot be nominated. All nominated individuals must be eligible for AAMC membership, please visit our website to review criteria for membership. The subject matter may be focused on any topic and/or field.

Competitive Article or Essay nominations should look to contain the following elements that are included within our vetting criteria: 

  • A clearly presented thesis that is well-researched, comprehensible, and respondent to issues of inclusivity within museums and arts organizations.
  • Content and approach that is curator-driven, i.e. researched, well-written, persuasive, vetted, and perhaps peer-reviewed (the latter if applicable). 
  • Connections to timely, current social issues and that advances the understanding of its content in new and engaging ways.
  • New methodologies and innovative concepts, pushing the subject matter forward.
  • Accessible, inclusive, and engaging design elements, including but not limited to quality images and reproductions, translated materials, and inclusive or universal design.


  • Article or Essay must be published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • Nominations for all awards must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through this portal.
  • Nominated curators 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 visit our website to review criteria for membership. Only 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.


Nominations for the 2020 Awards open on Monday, October 21, 2019 and the final deadline for nominations is 12pm ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. Any late submissions and late material will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors.


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 our conference during an Awards for Excellence reception on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. Attendance at the conference is not required to receive an Award, but we do hope that Awardees will make every effort to participate.