Ohio Museums Association Annual Awards Programs

2013 Award Winners

The Ohio Museums Association would like to congratulate the 2013 winners of our Visual Communication and Award of Achievement program!

OMA Award Program winners were recognized at the annual awards ceremony  held in conjunction to the Ohio Museums Association”s Annual Conference, April 6, 2014 at the Ohio University Inn. See below for a complete list of the 2013 honorees!

2013 OMA Award of Achievement Recipients

ARTneo Charles Schweinfurth  Best Exhibition Catalog (Under $500,000) – Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland’s Valiant Age, ARTneo

?????????????????????????????? Best Exhibition Catalog (Over $500,000) – Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art

Shelby County Best Education/Outreach (Under $500,000) – Shelby County Enrichment Program, Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Baby Tour Best Education/Outreach (Over $500,000) – TMA Baby Tours, Toledo Museum of Art

RichardBeck Betty Bryan Volunteer of the Year – Richard Beck

2013 OMA Visual Communication Award Winners

Budget Level 1

Cuyahoga Falls Book Gold Award: Cuyahoga Falls Bicentennial – Celebrating Our Past, Our Present and …Our Future – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Bicentennial History 2012


Budget Level 2

ARTneo Charles Schweinfurth Gold Award: ARTneo – Charles F. Schweinfurth, Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland’s Valiant Age, Exhibit Catalog

Aullwood Annual Appeal Silver Award: Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm – Annual Appeal 

Aullwood Autumn Affair Honorable Mention: Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm – Aullwood’s Autumn Affair 


Budget Level 3

Weston Gold Award: Cincinnati Arts Association – Weston Art Gallery Season Brochure 2013-2014

Dec Arts Gorgeous Threads Silver Award: Decorative Arts Center of Ohio – Gorgeous Threads Gallery Guide


Budget Level 4

MassMu Annual Report Gold Award: Massillon Museum – MassMu’s 2012 Annual Report

MassMu Snap Silver Award: Massillon Museum – “SNAP! Warhol: In the Photobooth with Andy Warhol & Friends” exhibit postcard


Budget Level 5

Taft Telling Tales Gold Award: Taft Museum of Art – Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art

Stan Hywet Passion for the Land Silver Award: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – Passion for the Land 

Sandusky Lib Under the Baton Honorable Mention: Sandusky Library – Under The Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point


Budget Level 6

CMA Community Engagement Gold Award: Cleveland Museum of Art – Community Engagement

Cleveland Zoo Annual Report small Silver Award: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Cleveland Metropark Zoo Annual Report

VisLit Honorable Mention: Toledo Museum of Art – VisLit.org Website 

CMA Fragments of Invisible Honorable Mention: Cleveland Museum of Art – Fragments of the Invisible 

CMA Community Engagement BEST IN SHOW: Cleveland Museum of Art – Community Engagement

OMA is proud to recognize excellence in Ohio’s museums and museum professionals! Scroll down for complete awards information, including online payment options.
Deadline to submit: January 31, 2014

Sample: Visual Communication Award Nomination Form

Sample: Award of Achievement Nomination Form

Celebrating Excellence in Ohio’s Museum Community

The Ohio Museums Association Annual Awards Program proudly honors outstanding achievement and visual communication. The 2013 Ohio Museums Association Outstanding Achievement Award winners will be recognized at the 2014 Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference. Nominations and entries from the field are considered by a distinguished panel of judges, selected to represent the diversity of the museum community. Eligible institutions include:

Arboretums Botanical Gardens Historic Houses Nature Centers
Aquariums Ethnic Museums Historic Parks Planetariums
Anthropology Museums General Museums Historic Sites Science/Technology Centers
Art Museums Heritage Centers Historical Societies Children/Youth”s Museums
Art Centers and Galleries History Museums Natural History Museums Zoos

Visual Communication Awards

The Visual Communication Competition recognizes creative excellence in Ohio museums by its field professionals and organizations producing material for museums. Articles for submission can include, but are not limited to: Annual Reports, Audio-Visual/Electronic Media, Books, Brochures, Catalogs, Campaigns, Education Materials, Fundraising Materials, Institutional Identity, Invitations/Announcements, Newsletters/Magazines, Posters and Press Packs. 

The 2014 entries must be published or distributed between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

Visual Communication Award winners will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony  held in conjunction to the Ohio Museums Association”s Annual Conference.

Deadline for submitting 2014 Visual Communication Award Entries: January 31, 2015.

The Visual Communication Competition is open to all organizations producing materials for Ohio museums. Entries will be judged on the overall design of the piece, the appropriateness of design to message, effectiveness of design to audience, and the function of the piece.

Entries in the 2014 Visual Communication Awards will be judged against all entries in their respective budget category. Gold and Silver awards will be made in each budget category where merited, with one entry receiving the overall, Best of Show Award.

Budget categories are based on each institution’s operating budget for the year, not on the budget used to create the individual pieces.

Budget Categories are as follows:

  • Level 1: budgets less than $50,000
  • Level 2: $50,000-$249,999
  • Level 3: $250,000-499,999
  • Level 4: $500,000-$999,999
  • Level 5: $1 million-$5 million
  • Level 6: budgets over $5 million

There is an entry fee of $25.00 per entry for members, $35.00 per entry for non-members. Fees can be paid by check, payable to The Ohio Museums Association, or by credit card by using the secure PayPal option. Please scroll down for complete PayPal information.

There is no maximum number of entries each institution can submit. Two copies of each entry must be received by the deadline. Materials become the property of OMA unless a stamped, self-addressed mailer is included with entry.

For information on how to become an OMA Member, click here.

For questions about the Awards, contact Johnna McEntee at the OMA office: 614.297.2375, oma@ohiohistory.org.

OMA Awards of Achievement

The Achievement Award categories were restructured in 2008 to reflect the outstanding quality and caliber of work by Ohio museums and their professionals. 

The awards are divided into two groups: Individual Achievement Awards and Institutional Achievement Awards.

Individual Achievement Awards

Professional of the Year—This award recognizes excellence in professional accomplishments and service by an employee of an Ohio Museums Association institutional member.

Emerging Professional of the Year—This award recognizes exceptional promise and potential for emerging professionals in the museum field.

The Betty Bryan Volunteer of the Year—This award recognizes the extraordinary dedication of a volunteer who has made significant contributions to the museum field.

Institutional Achievement Awards

Institution of the Year—An award that recognizes outstanding institutional accomplishments in the field of Ohio museums. A nomination may be made for any project considered to be an outstanding model or best practice. To qualify, an institution must be a member of the Ohio Museums Association.

The following awards will be recognized in two budget categories (less than $500,000 and more than $500,000)

Best Exhibition—An award that recognizes an outstanding exhibition and its related programming.

Best Exhibition Catalog—An award that recognizes excellence in research, visual design, text, images, formatting and editing in an exhibition’s companion catalog.

Best Community Collaboration/Partnership—An award that recognizes innovative partnerships within communities or among other museums.

Best Education/Outreach Program—An award that recognizes outstanding education and/or outreach programs.

Deadline for submitting 2014 Award of Achievement Nominations: January 31, 2015.


  • Anyone may submit a nomination, including staff of the nominated organization
  • A nominee for an institutional award must be an institutional member of OMA; an individual nominee must be affiliated with an institutional member or be an individual member him or herself.
  • Membership information and applications can be found atwww.ohiomuseums.org  or by contacting Johnna McEntee at the OMA office: 614.297.2375, oma@ohiohistory.org.

Judging Criteria

Individual Achievement Awards:

Professional Of the Year: Presented for outstanding leadership or professionalism over an extended period of time. Such leadership or professionalism shall be based on the continual growth and development of an organization or specific program.

Emerging Professional of the Year: Presented in recognition of exceptional leadership potential in an emerging professional in the museum field. The nominee must be currently employed by an OMA institutional member and must be working in the field for five years or less.

Betty Bryan Volunteer of the Year: Presented in recognition of extraordinary dedication in a volunteer who has made significant contributions to the field. The nominee must volunteer at a museum outside of their normal work duties and must have volunteered for at least one year.

Institutional Achievement Awards and Program Awards:

Ohio is privileged to have over 1500 museums of all sizes and disciplines. Projects are judged on their merits within the context of their own institutional capacity. Consideration will be given to projects completed within 18 months before the January 31, 2015 deadline.

  • How has the project benefited the public? Judges Favor projects with ambitious outreach over those that are intended mainly to benefit the members of an organization.
  • How has the project enhanced the professionalism of the organization and improve its ability to serve the public? Projects will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the organization’s mission, and potential for increased institutional capacity.
  • Is the project an outstanding example? Judges look for projects that are innovative and feature new ideas that will provide inspiration for creative development by other institutions, thus moving the field as a whole forward.

Nominating Procedures

Nominations must be received no later than the deadline as posted above.
Submitted materials become the property of OMA unless return is requested at the time of submission with postage-paid shipping labels for return. Awards are judged by a committee.  Each reviewer receives a complete package to review; therefore, five copies of the nomination package must be submitted.  Nominations will be evaluated solely on the materials provided. There is an entry fee of $25.00 per nomination.

Institution nominations should include the following in this order:

  • Nomination abstract (See a detailed description of Abstract criteria below)
  • Mission Statement of the institution
  • A detailed project description, not to exceed 1200 words, explaining the development,
    implementation, and results of the project.
  • The project budget and sources of funding, including in-kind and staff time
  • Letters of support
  • Exhibition catalogs (required for exhibit and catalog nominees)
  • Press releases, promotional materials, newspaper articles, reviews (limit 6)
  • Supporting materials in the form of activity page or worksheets, teachers’ guides, pre- or
    post-visit materials, etc.
  • Publications, if applicable
  • Photographs as applicable

Individual nominations should include the following in this order:

  • Nomination abstract (See a detailed description of Abstract criteria below)
  • A narrative describing the accomplishments of the individual and how they relate to the particular award, how the individual has had an impact on the organization, the community, and the museum field.  Give detailed examples describing how these accomplishments were exceptional and exceeded routine functions.
  • At least two, but no more than four, letters of support from museum professionals, community leaders, or those who have benefited from the individual’s efforts.
  • Press releases, newspaper articles, citation in professional publications or newsletters.
  • Any other supporting materials that attest to the outstanding accomplishments of the nominee.

Nomination Abstract

  • The name of the award sought by the nominee
  • Nominee information
    • Name and title of person who will accept the award

For an individual nomination

  • Name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the nominee
  • Name, address, phone number and website of his/her affiliated organization

For an institutional nomination

  • Name, address, phone number and website address of the member institution
  • Executive director of the institution with email address and phone number
  • Name of the project being nominated
  • Nominator Information
    • Name, title, phone number and email address of person making the nomination
    • Name, address, phone number and website of his/her affiliated organization
  • Abstract of project or individual accomplishments
    • Summary of Achievement (To be used to write award citation. Please confine this summary to 100 words; provide detailed information in attached materials.)
    • Impact Summary of project or individual accomplishments. (Please confine this summary to 100 words; provide detailed information in attached materials.)
  • For institutional awards only:
    • Annual operating budget of institution
    • Date Project Completed
    • Project Costs (including in-kind and staff time)

Additional Information

Mail nominations to:

Ohio Museums Association
OMA Awards of Achievement
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Fees can be paid by check, payable to The Ohio Museums Association, or by credit card using the secure PayPal option. Please scroll down for complete PayPal information.

There is no maximum number of entries each institution can submit. Winners will be notified no later than March 21, 2015.

OMA Awards of Achievement will be presented during the Ohio Museums Association”s Annual Conference.

Questions can be directed to Johnna McEntee at the Ohio Museums Association office by calling 614.297.2375 or emailing oma@ohiohistory.org.

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Ohio Museums Association Award Entry Fees

Visual Communication Award Entry, Member ($25.00)

Visual Communication Award Entry, Non-Member ($35.00)

Award of Achievement Nomination ($25.00)