OMA Award Spotlight - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

On Sunday, April 14, the Ohio Museums Association held our Annual Awards dinner to recognize the winners of our 2018 Awards of Achievement and 2018 Visual Communication Awards, in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference in Akron.

In the beautiful Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Manor House, 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.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our 2018 OMA Award of Achievement winners with our OMA Award Spotlight. 

OMA Award Spotlight - Awards of Achievement

The Awards of Achievement are presented to reflect the outstanding quality and caliber of work by Ohio museums and their professionals in 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.

Each year, the review panel is overwhelmed by the outstanding projects, innovative programming and dedication to our field as exhibited in each of the institutional and individual nominations. Congratulations again to each of our award winners! 

Today, we'll be featuring our winner for the 2018 award for Best Exhibition over $500,000.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -  Stay Tuned: Rock on TV

Rock & Roll and television exploded on the scene at almost the same time in the late 1940s, and at first, sat at opposite ends of American culture. Stay Tuned: Rock on TV explored rock and television’s relationship – how video technology carried rock to new heights and amplified artists’ self-expression.

Occupying 3 of the 6 floors of the museum’s exhibit space, the curators worked with dozens of artifact collectors, estate executors and artists to create an immersive, multi-sensory and multi-media exhibition comprised of over 130 pieces.

The most popular temporary exhibit in the recent past, Rock on TV received a Net Promoter Score of 39.7 among visitors – the highest number on a temporary exhibit since 2014. More survey work revealed Rock on TV had more impact on visitors’ decision to visit the Rock Hall than any other temporary exhibit on display.

A true test of the effectiveness of an exhibit is the impact it has on the guests. In appealing to multiple generations and providing context for the artifacts, the goal of the exhibit was to clearly explain how music and television influenced each other. When asked if Rock on TV achieved this goal, almost 90% of visitors said, “yes.”


Does your museum have a spectacular exhibit planned for the 2019 season? Be sure to nominate it for the 2019 award for Best Exhibition! Learn more here.