Congratulations, 2022 OMA Award Winners!

The Ohio Museums Association has announced the winners of the 2022 OMA Awards of Achievement and 2022 Visual Communication Awards. These winners were recognized during the Annual OMA Awards Dinner, which took place Sunday, March 26 at the Cherry Valley Hotel in conjunction with the Ohio Museums Association's 2023 Annual Conference.

The OMA Awards program is an annual celebration of the outstanding achievement of Ohio museums in visual communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level.

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 2022 Award of Achievement winners are:

Best Exhibition (Under $500,000)

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve—“W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability”

Best Exhibition (Over $500,000)

Massillon Museum“Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories” 

Best Exhibition Catalog (Under $500,000)

Allen County Museum—“Snapshot of Democracy: The Eight Ohio Presidents Catalog”

Best Exhibition Catalog (Over $500,000)

Taft Museum of Art—“ Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones”

Best Community Partnership (Under $500,000)

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve“W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability”

Best Community Partnership (Over $500,000)

FRONT Exhibition Co.“FRONT Accessibility Partnership Initiative”

Best Education and Outreach (Under $500,000)

Historic Zoar Village“Zoar & the Presidents”

Emerging Museum Professional of the Year

Allison Smith HernandezFRONT Exhibition Co.

Betty Bryan Volunteer of the Year

Gregory EdmondsNational Veterans Memorial and Museum

Museum Advocate

Fred BidwellFront Exhibition Co.

Professional of the Year

Andy AicheleCOSI

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 2022 calendar year. 

The 2022 Visual Communication winners are:

Budget Level 2

  • Gold Award: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Money Museum – “Triple Play: Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act”

Budget Level 3

  • Gold Award: Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “2022-2023 Season Brochure”

  • Silver Award:  Buckeye Imagination Museum - “Organizational Logo"

  • Honorable Mention: Buckeye Imagination Museum - "Diversity Dragon Mural"

 Budget Level 4

  • Gold Award: Armstrong Air & Space Museum - “Armstrong Museum Virtual Tour”

  • Silver Award:  Armstrong Air & Space Museum - “Armstrong Air & Space Museum 50th Anniversary Logo"

Budget Level 5

  • Gold Award: FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - “FRONT 2022 Exhibition Catalogue”

  • Silver Award:  American Sign Musuem - “The Signmaker’s Circus: A Decade of Camp”

Budget Level 6

  • Gold Award: Cleveland Museum of Art - “Perceptual Drift: Black Art and an Ethics of Looking”

  • Silver Award: Cleveland Museum of Art - “Tales of the City: Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Brueghel”


Weston Art Gallery “Weston Art Gallery Season Brochure 2022-2023”

Do you have an 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!

Learn more about the 2023 OMA Annual Awards Program and get full nomination details on the 
Awards page.

Congratulations again to all of the 2022 OMA Award winners!

We look forward to recognizing your museum at next year's 2023 Awards Ceremony as part of the 2024 OMA Annual Conference, April 13-15 in Sandusky!

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