Congratulations, 2017 OMA Award Winners!

On Sunday, April 15, the Ohio Museums Association held our Annual Awards dinner to recognize the winners of our 2017 Awards of Achievement and 2017 Visual Communication Awards, in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Conference in Dayton.

In the beautiful Gothic Cloister at the Dayton Art Institute, 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 2017 Award of Achievement winners are:

Best Exhibition (Under $500,000)

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum—“Bradford Ohio Railroad Exhibits”

Best Exhibition (Over $500,000)

Massillon Museum— “Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception”

Best Community Partnership (Under $500,000)

Trumbull County Historical Society—“Historic Building Recognition Project”

Best Community Partnership (Over $500,000)

Ohio History Connection—“Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey”

Emerging Professional of the Year

Meghan Elizabeth Reed—Trumbull County Historical Society

Professional of the Year

Chris Rowlands—Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

Institution of the Year (Under $500,000)

Historic Zoar Village

Institution of the Year (Over $500,000)

COSI—Center of Science and Industry

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 2017 calendar year. 

The 2017 Visual Communication winners are:

Budget Level  2

Gold Award: The Federal Reserve bank of Cleveland Money Museum - “Somewhere in Cleveland—The Cleveland Fed Scholars Story Project”

Budget Level 3

Gold Award: Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “2017-2018 Exhibition Season Brochure”

Silver Award:  Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “Signature Scheurer: The Art of Michael Scheurer exhibition catalogue”

Budget Level 4

Gold Award: Massillon Museum - “Massillon in the Great War: Voices from the Archives”

Silver Award: Dennison Railroad Depot Museum- “Annual Campaign Mailer”

Budget Level 5

Gold Award: Taft Museum of Art – “Bijoux Parisiens Suite of Exhibition Materials”

Silver Award:  Allen Memorial Art Museum - “Centennial Video”

Silver Award: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - “Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu—AV & Electronic Media Campaign”

Honorable Mention: Dayton Society of Natural History - “Discovery Zoo Vet Hospital Exhibition”

Budget Level 6

Gold Award: Toledo Museum of Art - “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Exhibition Guide”

Silver Award: Toledo Museum of Art - “arTMAtters Member Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 3”

BEST IN SHOW

Taft Museum of Art - “Bijoux Parisiens Suite of Exhibition Materials”

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting our 2017 Award of Achievement winners in more detail on the OMA blog. Be sure to check the blog page, and the OMA 2018 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 2018 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 2017 OMA Award winners. We look forward to recognizing your museum at next year's Awards Dinner, April 14 in Akron, as part of the 2019 OMA Annual Conference!