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GENERAL AWARDS INTRODUCTION & ELIGIBILITY

We acknowledge the uncertainty that has been prevalent in 2020 and the undue pressure nominating for the Awards for Excellence, including shipping and securing documentation for submissions, would place on curators and museum teams.  In addition, we wish to celebrate the groundbreaking current work of curators.  Therefore, we have created new categories to honor in the new ways in which curators are engaging audiences through their work.

We are excited to announce our call for nominations for the revised Awards for Excellence. These will explicitly honor work that created connections and fostered engagement between nonprofit art organizations and its communities. The subject matter may cover any field and/or topic relevant to the curatorial field, however, we are specifically seeking to award original curatorial content that addresses issues in social justice, activism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Next year, we will seek combined nominations for 2020 and 2021 in the traditional in-person exhibition and catalog categories. In addition, we may continue this year’s new categories as well.

The Awards this year will recognize achievement in the following categories. Only one award will be recognized in each group:


  • Digital Publications - This category will honor outstanding digital publications that were published between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 and offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field. The subject matter may cover any topic relevant to the curatorial field, however, we are specifically seeking to award original curatorial content that addresses issues in social justice, activism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nominations in this category must be created for the digital realm, for example the nomination cannot be PDF copy of print catalog. NOMINATE>


  • Online Resource Development - This category will honor online educational or research-based curatorial resources that were launched between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 and address the inequities, racism and colonialism in our current historical narrative through cataloging, research, provenance, conservation, and more. This does not include programs or exhibitions. This is for direct online resources that are widely accessible and designed to have lasting impact. For example, this might include open curriculum or syllabus, object or collection-related videos, data visualization, reevaluation of online cataloging records, and updated provenance listings. NOMINATE>


  • Online Programming - Single Episode - This category will honor a single, stand-alone online program that was created specifically for the digital realm and was hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. The original, curatorial content recognized in this category must be timely and responsive to current events, and explicitly in service towards community building. This does not include practicing art or craft classes or relaunching existing content. NOMINATE>


  • Online Programming - Series Across Multiple Organizations - This category will honor a series of programs, resulting from a collaborative effort across multiple organizations. The curator and/or organization creating the series should be the nominated party. This series must be specifically created for the digital realm and hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. The original, curatorial content recognized in this category must be timely and responsive to current events, and explicitly in service towards community building. This does not include practicing art or craft classes or relaunching existing content. NOMINATE>


  • Online Exhibition - This category will recognize online exhibitions created solely and exclusively for the digital realm that were on view between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Eligible nominations must have been hosted through an online alternative mode of presentation, such as a website, 360, AR, MR, VR, XR, web application, open source software (such as Google Arts and Culture), etc. These should be thematic and accessible to the public, giving the “visitor” an immersive, digital encounter with the exhibition. In addition, they should include a thesis, curatorial statement, labels/didactics, and a checklist of works of art/objects. Exhibitions that were mounted within a brick and mortar space, or intended for one, are not to be considered. NOMINATE>


GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • All nominations must be original content and have been launched, established, published, or hosted between January 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020.
  • All entries must be accessible and/or recorded to be nominated. Nominations must include a link to recording, or other digital format to be considered. We cannot vet what we cannot review.
  • Nominations must be made by a current AAMC member and can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • The nomination must have been created by curators in the non-profit sector. Awards will be given to non-curators, however, a curator that is eligible for membership must be on the project. We will not require awardees to be current members, as non-curators cannot be members. We will award the lead individuals on projects only.
  • AAMC is global and nominations are accepted regardless of location. We are an international organization.
  • 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.


DEADLINE

The final deadline for nominations is 12pm (NOON) ET on December 15, 2020. Any late or incomplete submissions will result in the nomination not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule.


VETTING PROCESS

AAMC & AAMC Foundation support 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.  Awardees are confidential until they are announced in 2021. Those selected for an Award are notified by AAMC & AAMC Foundation directly and will be asked to confirm exact listings and links to projects shared, as well as to confirm their participation in the virtual Award Ceremony at a time/date to be confirmed during the 2021 Art Curators Conference (April 29, 2021 - May 4, 2021) where they will be asked to share their motivation behind their creating the platform or project. Those not selected for an Award will not be contacted.

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