The Awards for Curatorial Excellence recognize the important contributions to the dissemination and understanding of African and African Diaspora Arts made through exhibitions. Exhibitions related to permanent collections, loan shows, commissioned works or community interventions organized by museums, galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces of all sorts are eligible. Up to two awards for curatorial excellence will be given. Runners up may also be recognized.
Exhibition eligibility: September 1, 2019 through August 30, 2023. Nominees must be ACASA members in good standing. Join ACASA
This award submission is currently closed. It will open after the ACASA Triennial in June 2021.
Submissions should then be received by Friday, November 17, 2023.
All submissions should include the following materials:
- Cover page indicating title of exhibition, dates, venue(s), curator(s) names
- Synopsis of exhibition (one-page)
- Sample publication where applicable. This can include PDFs of take-away brochures, exhibition preview article or other means of documentation and distribution of project. If no publication was possible, please submit a bibliography of 5 key sources germane to the show’s thesis or points of departure.
- Sample didactics (labels or other interpretive materials, such as on-line description, that demonstrate the exhibition’s intellectual content and curatorial vision. Not to exceed 3-pages)
- Visual documentation: up to 5 still digital images, at least one of which must show installation, context or performance space; up to 2 videos or links, not to exceed 3 minutes in length to document performance or time-based projects.
- Link to or documentation of innovative uses of technology or interactive engagement
- Description of institution, organization or entity originating the exhibition (for example museum, independent art space, pop-up…, including mission, history, collection (if applicable), size, staff, budget, audience and other information pertinent to understanding the context in which the exhibition emerged.
- Documentation of community response. Up to three (3) examples that demonstrate various perspectives. These might include emails, sample entries from audience response books, or social media postings and not just critical or press reviews.
For consideration for this award, the awards committee will consider exhibitions that:
- Generate new scholarship across the humanities or beyond
- Open new perspectives on the field
- Collaborate with and/or contribute to local or stakeholder communities
- Demonstrate innovative approaches to exhibition design and presentation
- Expand understandings or uses of technology
Please contact the ACASA Secretary for questions or comments.
2021 ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence Recipients
Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, January 26 – July 21, 2019
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, Spectacles. Speculations…, blaxTARLINES Kumasi, February 8 – April 30, 2018