Nomination Deadline: 

Closed for 2017

2017 Recipient:

Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Past Recipients

Award for Distinguished Service to Museums

The Award for Distinguished Service to Museums was authorized by our board in 1981 to recognize an individual's excellence and contributions to the museum profession for at least 20 years.

The award is usually presented at the Alliance’s annual meeting and only given in years when there is a worthy nominee.

Nomination Criteria

  • Evaluations are based on individual contribution to institutions, the museum profession and the local, state, national or international museum community.
  • Nominees should have 20 years or more experience in the museum field.
  • The nominee may be a currently active or retired museum professional or trustee.
  • Individuals cannot self-nominate.
  • Nominees may be from the US or international museum community

Nomination Instructions

Include the following along with the nominee's and nominator's name and contact information

  • Narrative summary of the nominee's career
    • Up to 1,000 words

    • Explaining the nominee's contributions to their institution; and/or the museum profession; and/or the local, state, national or international museum community qualifying them for the Award.

    • Information on the nominee's involvement in museums and his/her specific contributions and impact.
  • A curriculum vitae of the nominee. One copy of supplemental published materials may be included as well as a bibliography of published work.
  • Two one-page letters of support from individuals who know the nominee well.
  • Optional: If applicable, you may submit one copy of the nominee's published (relevant) materials, and/or a bibliography of published work.
Email the nomination materials to or mail to:

American Alliance of Museums
Attn: Award for Distinguished Service
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1005
Arlington, VA 22202