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May 8, 2018

Association of Art Museum Curators Announces 2018 Awards for Excellence

MONTREAL, CANADA—The Association of Art Museum Curators and the AAMC Foundation announced the 2018 recipients of its Awards for Excellence, which recognize groundbreaking new scholarship. The awardees were honored during the AAMC Annual Conference at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on May 6.

“AAMC is proud to celebrate the work of curators through our annual Awards for Excellence, which creates a unique platform for curators to be acknowledged by their peers,” said Judith Pineiro, executive director of AAMC and the AAMC Foundation. “The sixteen honorees this year have catalyzed a dialogue through their awarded work by shedding new light on a wide range of curatorial subjects.”

Since their launch in 2004, the AAMC has celebrated the work of over 176 curators. This year’s honorees were selected from a pool of 174 nominees. The recipients are:

Catalogue Awards

Organization with an operating budget under $5 million:
Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz for Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

Organization with an operating budget of $5–$15 million:
Julius Bryant and Susan Weber for John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London at Bard Graduate Center.

Organization with an operating budget of $15–$30 million:
Matthew H. Robb for Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young

Organization with an operating budget over $30 million:
Tie between Ilona Katzew for Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Carmen C. Bambach for Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exhibition Awards

Organization with an operating budget under $5 million:
Leslie Anne Anderson for “American and Regional Art: Mythmaking & Truth-Telling” at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Organization with an operating budget of $5–$15 million:
Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Christine M. Kreamer, and Karen E. Milbourne for “Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts” at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Organization with an operating budget of $15–$30 million:
Carmen Ramos for “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Organization with an operating budget over $30 million:
Diana Magaloni Kerpel and Juan Coronel Rivera for “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Article, Essay or Extended Catalogues
Anne Monahan, for “’Working My Thought More Perfectly’: Horace Pippin’s The Lady of the Lake” in the Metropolitan Museum Journal.

Digital Publication Category
Elizabeth Siegel for Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1959–1970 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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