Congratulations, 2016 OMA Award Winners!

On Sunday, April 2, the Ohio Museums Association held our Annual Awards dinner to recognize the winners of our 2016 Awards of Achievement and 2016 Visual Communication Awards, in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference in Toledo.

In the beautiful GlasSalon at the Toledo Museum of Art, OMA celebrated the outstanding achievement of Ohio museums in Visual Communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help to 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 2016 Award of Achievement winners are:

  • Best Exhibition (Under $500,000) – Spring Hill Historic Home – Mourning Arvine Wales: Death in the 1800s
  • Best Exhibition (Over $500,000) – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Enslaved
  • Best Exhibition Catalog (Over $500,000) – Taft Museum of Art – Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape
  • Best Community Partnership (Under $500,000) – Bedford Historical Society – Northeast Ohio Local History Fair
  • Best Education/Outreach (Under $500,000) – Weston Art Gallery – Docentitos Academy
  • Best Education/Outreach (Over $500,000) – Ohio History Connection – Ohio as America 2.0
  • Emerging Professional of the Year – Jesse Kramer, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Museum Advocate – Georgia Welles, Toledo Museum of Art
  • Professional of the Year – Lynne D. Ambrosini, Taft Museum of Art
  • Institution of the Year (Under $500,000) – Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
  • Institution of the Year (Over $500,000) – Toledo Museum of Art

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 2016 calendar year. 

The 2016 Visual Communication winners are:

Budget Level 2

  • Gold Award:  The Sculpture Center -“” Maryanne Hiti Design, LLC - Designer; Jon Wilhelm, Esperi Press LTD – Programmer.
  • Silver Award: The Sculpture Center -“Window 2 Sculpture 2016 Catalog” Maryanne Hiti Design, LLC - Designer

Budget Level 3

  • Gold Award: Cincinnati Arts Association Weston Art Gallery - “Weston Art Gallery 2016-2017 Exhibition Season Brochure”
  • Silver Award: Cincinnati Arts Association Weston Art Gallery - Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Sidereal Silence Exhibition Catalouge”

Budget Level 4

  • Gold Award: McKinley Presidential Library and Museum -“Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Dick”
  • Silver Award: McKinley Presidential Library and Museum -“The McKinley Years: The Life and Times of our 25th President”
  • Honorable Mention: Massillon Museum -“Brown Bag Lunch Schedule”

Budget Level 5

  • Gold Award: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – "Rosa Parks Campaign"
  • Silver Award: Taft Museum of Art - “Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape Exhibition Suite” 

Budget Level 6

  • Gold Award: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - “Johnny Cash Poster”
  • Silver Award: Toledo Museum of Art - "I Approve This Message Promotional Cards”


 The Sculpture Center - “” Maryanne Hiti Design, LLC - Designer; Jon Wilhelm, Esperi Press LTD – Programmer.

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting our 2016 Award of Achievement winners in more detail on the OMA blog. Be sure to check the blog page, and the OMA 2017 Conference Resources  for those updates as they happen.

Do you have a 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!

More information on the 2017 OMA Annual Awards Program will be released soon - l
earn more about the OMA awards program and get full nomination details as they become available on the Awards page.

Congratulations again to all of the 2016 OMA Award winners. We look forward to recognizing your museum at next year's Awards Dinner!