Congratulations, 2018 OMA Award Winners!

On Sunday, April 14, the Ohio Museums Association held our Annual Awards dinner to recognize the winners of our 2018 Awards of Achievement and 2018 Visual Communication Awards, in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference in Akron.

In the beautiful Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Manor House, OMA celebrated the outstanding achievement of Ohio museums in Visual Communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help to advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level.

Click here to see photos from this year's OMA Awards Dinner.

The Awards of Achievement are divided into two categories: Institutional Achievement Awards and Individual Achievement Awards.

Nominations for these awards are incredibly detailed. This in-depth process helps to illustrate how these institutions and individuals have gone “above and beyond” the normal call of duty to support their institution, serve their public and advance the cause of the museum community. 

The 2018 Award of Achievement winners are:

Best Exhibition (Over $500,000)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—“Stay Tuned: Rock on TV”

Best Exhibition Catalog (Over $500,000)

Massillon Museum— “Moniker: Identity Lost and Found”

Best Community Partnership (Under $500,000)

Little Buckeye Children's Museum—“Discover Richland Membership Bundle”

Best Community Partnership (Over $500,000)

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the University of Akron—“Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County in the First World War”

Best Education and Outreach (Over $500,000)

Toledo Museum of Art—“Teen Apprentice Program”

Emerging Professional of the Year

Sarah Sisser—Hancock Historical Museum

Museum Advocate

Cynthia Thompson—Toledo Museum of Art

Professional of the Year

Wendy Zucal—Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

Institution of the Year (Under $500,000)

AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children's Museum

The OMA Visual Communication awards recognize creative excellence in printed and digital materials produced and distributed by Ohio museums. This year’s awards are based on materials produced or distributed during the 2018 calendar year. 

The 2018 Visual Communication winners are:

Budget Level  2

Gold Award: Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College - “Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History”
Silver Award: Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College - “Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts”

Budget Level 3

Gold Award: Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “2018-2019 Exhibition Season Brochure”

Silver Award: Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “Synthetica Exhibition Poster"

Budget Level 4

Gold Award: Dennison Railroad Depot Museum - “Museum Gala Invitation”

Silver Award: Impact Communications - “Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”

Honorable Mention: Dennison Railroad Depot Museum - "Annual Campaign Mailer”

Budget Level 5

Gold Award: Taft Museum of Art - “Louis Comfort Tiffany Suite of Exhibition Materials”

Silver Award:  Akron Art Museum - “Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse”
Honorable Mention: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and The University of Akron - “Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County in the First World War”

Budget Level 6

Gold Award: Cleveland Museum of Art - “Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de Medici’s Valois Tapestries Exhibition Catalogue”
Silver Award: Toledo Museum of Art - “Creating Community at the Toledo Museum of Art”
Honorable Mention: Ohio History Connection - “Echoes Magazine May/June 2019 & November/December 2018”


Cleveland Museum of Art - “Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de Medici’s Valois Tapestries Exhibition Catalogue”

Starting this week, we will be highlighting our 2018 Award of Achievement winners in more detail on the OMA blog. Be sure to check the blog page, and the OMA 2019 Conference Resources  for those updates as they happen.

Do you have a amazing visual communications pieces at your museum? Is the new program/exhibit/partnership you launched this year a big hit? Have a colleague that goes above and beyond to make Ohio museums better? Don't miss your chance to be recognized!

More information on the 2019 OMA Annual Awards Program will be released soon - learn more about the OMA awards program and get full nomination details as they become available on the Awards page.

Congratulations again to all of the 2018 OMA Award winners. We look forward to recognizing your museum at next year's Awards Dinner, April 5 in Cincinnati, as part of the 2020 OMA Annual Conference!