2017 Recipients of Excellence in Exhibition Awards

Overall Award Winner

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Philadelphia, PA

For: Overall Excellence

  • In- Depth approach to a powerful, provocative and difficult topic
  • Simple design yet artful integration in the historic space
  • Participatory practice with strong interpretive strength

Special Achievement (alphabetical order by exhibit title)

Altered State: Marijuana in California
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, CA

For: Civic Engagement; Respect of Audience from Multiple Viewpoints

  • Design as a civic space for gathering, conversation and personal reflection
  • Engagement with audience in a “safe space”

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
The Getty Research Institute and The Getty Conservation Institute
Los Angeles, CA

For: Commitment to Comprehensive Research and Conservation

  • Monumental amount of research and conservation over a long-time period
  • Interpretation included the research and conservation project along with the art work and its significance

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA

For: Interpretation

  • Attention to audience in determining engaging stories and connect to contemporary life (or situating stories in a contemporary context)

William Conner House
Conner Prairie
Fishers, IN

For: Reimagining the Historic House

  • Utilizing interactive media for reinterpretation
  • Encouraging visitors to be part of the experience of a historic house through multiple engagement strategies

The Wonder Sound
The New Children’s Museum
San Diego, CA

For: Exemplary Innovative Practice

  • Achieving a high-level of experience for intergenerational learning through community engagement and participatory exploration internally and externally
  • Commitment to sharing the process and practice with the field in the interest of moving the field forward

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order by exhibit title)

Cultural Expressions
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C.

For: Audience Research and Content Development

  • Compelling, thoughtful process in creation of a large amount of information refined from a broad expanse of information

Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego, CA

For: Thoughtful Attention to the Fragile Collection While Providing Multi-Modal Learning

  • Effective mix of interpretive materials: animal models, books and multi-media

Girls Writing the World: A Library ReImagined
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace/ Girl Scouts of the USA
Savannah, GA

For: Creating a Big Change in a Small Package

  • Excellent transformation of a space with intentionality utilizing evaluation that was experiential and engaging while still maintaining the curiosity of a library
  • Intentionally utilizing evaluation

Tamanwit: Unwritten Laws and Beliefs, Wanapum of Priest Rapids
Wanapum Heritage Center
Mattawa, WA

For: Reclaiming Narrative with Insightful and Personal Community Authorship

  • Involved community with institutional content development
  • Effective authority sharing with community