excellence in exhibition awards

The Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition recognized outstanding achievement in exhibition from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and non-comercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public.

Twenty-NINth Annual Excellence in Exhibitions 2017

Overall Excellence Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Philadelphia for in-depth approach to a powerful, provocative and difficult topic, simple design yet artful integration in the historic space, and participatory practice with strong interpretive strength

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

for in-depth approach to a powerful, provocative and difficult topic, simple design yet artful integration in the historic space, and participatory practice with strong interpretive strength

Special Achievement Altered State: Marijuana in California Oakland Museum of California for civic engagement and respect of audience from multiple viewpoints

Special Achievement
Altered State: Marijuana in California
Oakland Museum of California

for civic engagement and respect of audience from multiple viewpoints

Special Achievement Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road The Getty Research Institute and The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles for commitment to comprehensive research and conservation

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

for commitment to comprehensive research and conservation

Special Achievement The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe Asian Art Museum, San Francisco for interpretation

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

for interpretation

Special Achievement William Conner House Conner Prairie Fishers, IN for reimagining the historic house

Special Achievement
William Conner House
Conner Prairie Fishers, IN

for reimagining the historic house

Special Achievement The Wonder Sound The New Children’s Museum, San Diego for exemplary innovative practice

Special Achievement
The Wonder Sound
The New Children’s Museum, San Diego

for exemplary innovative practice

Honorable Mention Cultural Expressions National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. for audience research and content development

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

for audience research and content development

Honorable Mention Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People San Diego Natural History Museum for thoughtful attention to the fragile collection while providing multi-modal learning

Honorable Mention
Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People
San Diego Natural History Museum

for thoughtful attention to the fragile collection while providing multi-modal learning

Honorable Mention 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

Honorable Mention
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

Honorable Mention Tamanwit: Unwritten Laws and Beliefts, Wanapum of Priest Rapids Wanapum Heritage Center, Mattawa, WA for reclaiming narrative with insightful and personal community authorship

Honorable Mention
Tamanwit: Unwritten Laws and Beliefts, Wanapum of Priest Rapids
Wanapum Heritage Center, Mattawa, WA

for reclaiming narrative with insightful and personal community authorship

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