Congratulations, 2021 OMA Award Winners!

The Ohio Museums Association has announced the winners of the 2021 OMA Awards of Achievement and 2021 Visual Communication Awards. These winners were recognized during the Annual OMA Awards Dinner, which took place Sunday, April 3 at the Cincinnati Art Museum in conjunction with the Ohio Museums Association's 2022 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 2021 Award of Achievement winners are:

Best Exhibition (Under $500,000)

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio—“Distinctly Paramount”

Best Exhibition (Over $500,000)

Springfield Museum of Art“BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II” 

Best Community Partnership (Under $500,000)

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve“Converge”

Best Community Partnership (Over $500,000)

National Museum of the Great Lakes“Port of Toledo: Then & Now”

Best Education and Outreach (Under $500,000)

Little Buckeye Children's Museum“Traveling Exhibits”

Best Education and Outreach (Over $500,000)

Taft Museum of Art“Artists Reaching Classrooms” 

Museum Advocate

Hope Taft—Ohio History Connection

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 2021 calendar year. 

The 2021 Visual Communication winners are:

Budget Level 1

  • Gold Award: Italian American Museum of Cleveland – “Logo”

Budget Level 2

  • Gold Award: Cincinnati Skirball Museum – “Cincinnati Skirball Museum Website”

  • Silver Award:  Fairfield County Heritage Association – “Fairfield County Heritage Quarterly, Winter 2021”

Budget Level 3

  • Gold Award: Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “2021-2022 Season Brochure”

  • Silver Award:  Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery - “A Piece of My Mind: Carolyn Mazloomi 'Interview with the Artist' Video"

  • Honorable Mention: Little Buckeye Children's Museum - "Blog"

Budget Level 5

  • Gold Award: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - “The Manor House”

  • Silver Award:  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - “The Vault”

  • Honorable Mention: Massillon Museum - “MassMusings Podcast”

Budget Level 6

  • Gold Award: Cleveland Museum of Art - “Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889-1990”

  • Silver Award: Cleveland Museum of Art - “Picturing Motherhood Now”

  • Honorable Mention: Cincinnati Art Museum - "Ancient Middle East Gallery Catalogue"


Cleveland Museum of Art “Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889-1990”

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!

Learn more about the 2022 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 2022 Awards Ceremony as part of the 2023 OMA Annual Conference, April 15-17 in Newark-Lancaster!

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