Ohio Museums Association Annual Awards Programs


2015 Award Winners

The Ohio Museums Association would like to congratulate the 2015 winners of our Visual Communication and Award of Achievement program!

OMA Award Program winners were recognized at the annual awards ceremony  held in conjunction with the Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference, April 17, 2016 at the Ohio History Center. See below for a complete list of the 2015 honorees!


2015 OMA Award of Achievement Recipients

Open This EndBest Exhibition (Under $500,000) – Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne, The Arts Initiative, The Ohio State University

 

 

PlayTimeBest Exhibition (Over $500,000) Honorable Mention – Play Time, Toledo Museum of Art

 

 

Words & MusicBest Exhibition (Over $500,000) – Paul Simon: Words & Music, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

HooverBest Community Partnership (Under $500,000) – British War Children 75th Anniversary Commemorative Series, Hoover Historical Center

 

 

ISBest Community Partnership (Over $500,000) – Reunification Program, Imagination Station

 

 

AullwoodBest Education/Outreach (Over $500,000) Honorable Mention – STEMing Science into Conservation Action, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

 

 

ALPBest Education/Outreach (Over $500,000) – The Artful Living Program, Massillon Museum

 

 

SarahEmerging Professional of the Year Honorable Mention – Sarah Aisenbrey, Dayton Society of Natural History

 

 

JacobEmerging Professional of the Year – Jacob Masters, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

 

 

ElaineBetty Bryan Volunteer of the Year  Honorable Mention– Elaine Minch, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

NewellBetty Bryan Volunteers of the Year – Donald and Lynne Newell, Athens County Historical Society and Museum

 

 

CarolProfessional of the Year – Carol Bintz, Toledo Museum of Art

 

 


ArmstrongInstitution
 of the Year – Armstrong Air & Space Museum

 

 


2015 OMA Visual Communication Award Winners

Budget Level 2

Federal Reserve Bank PanicGold Award: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Learning Center and Money Museum – The Panic of 1907 and the Creation of the Federal Reserve System

 

 

Shaker Heights Gracious GardensSilver Award: The Shaker Historical Society – Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights

 

 

 

Budget Level 3

Springfield Authentic NarrativesGold Award: Springfield Museum of Art – Authentic Narratives: Ohio’s Regionalists, 1915-1950

 

 

Weston Art BrochueSilver Award: Cincinnati Arts Association – Weston Art Gallery, Weston Art Gallery 2015-2016 Season Brochure

 

 

Armstrong Shuttle WrapHonorable Mention: Armstrong Air & Space Museum – Shuttle Wrap of Ford Transit Connect

 

 

Budget Level 4

Dennison Dreamsville BookGold Award: Dennison Railroad Depot Museum – Dreamsville Downtown Development Vision Book

 

 

MassMu Nelly TollSilver Award: Massillon Museum – Educator Resource: The Artwork of Nelly Toll

 

 

Budget Level 5

NURFC AuschwitzGold Award: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz Invitation

 

 

Boonshoft Student GrowingSilver Award: Dayton Society of Natural History – 2016-2017 Student Growing Guide for Teachers

 

 

Taft Enduring SpiritHonorable Mention: Taft Museum of Art – Enduring Spirit Suite

 

 

Aullwood Autumn AffairHonorable Mention: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm – Autumn Affair at Aullwood

 

 

Budget Level 6

TMA Drawn Cut LayeredGold Award: Toledo Museum of Art – Drawn, Cut & Layered Exhibition Announcement

 

 

OHC Superman SuitSilver Award: Ohio History Connection – 1950s Exhibit Featuring the Superman Suit

 

 

 

TMA Drawn Cut LayeredBEST IN SHOW: Toledo Museum of Art – Drawn, Cut & Layered Exhibition Announcement

 

 


Celebrating Excellence in Ohio’s Museum Community

The Ohio Museums Association Annual Awards Program proudly honors outstanding achievement and visual communication. The 2016 Ohio Museums Association Outstanding Achievement Award winners will be recognized at the 2017 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

viscom logoThe 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 2016 entries must be published or distributed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

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 2016 Visual Communication Award Entries: January 30, 2017.
(all entries must be postmarked by this date)

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 2016 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

achievement logoThe 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. 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—This award recognizes exceptional promise and potential for emerging professionals in the museum field. The nominee must be currently employed by an OMA institutional member and must be working in the field for ten years or less.

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. 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

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 2016 Award of Achievement Nominations: January 30, 2017
(all entries must be postmarked by this date)

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 30, 2017 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.

Eligibility

  • 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 her or himself.
  • 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.

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
    • Abstract for Institutional nominations must contain:
      • The name of the award sought by the nominee
      • Nominee information
        • Name and title of person who will accept the award
      • 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.)
        • Annual operating budget of institution
        • Date Project Completed
        • Project Costs (including in-kind and staff time)
  • 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
    • Abstract for Individual nominations must contain:
      • The name of the award sought by the nominee
      • Nominee information
        • Name and title of person who will accept the award
        • Name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the nominee
        • Name, address, phone number and website of his/her affiliated organization
      • Nominator Information
        • Name, title, phone number and email address of person making the nomination
      • Abstract of 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.)
  • 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.

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 31, 2017.

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)