2018 Award Nominations

Museums Alaska gives out three awards each year at the Annual Meeting: the Award for Excellence in the Museum Field, the Volunteer of the Year Award, and the President’s Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement. Award recipients will be announced during the Annual Awards Banquet at the conference.

2018 Nominations are now open! Please fill out the form linked below by the July 31st deadline.

2018 Nomination Form

Award for Excellence in the Museum Field

Nominations for the Award for Excellence may be made for exceptional exhibits, collections care, planning, marketing, publications, significant improvements to physical plant, conservation, etc. To nominate an individual, museum or program, write a description explaining who or what you are nominating, how many people it affected, what contribution was made to the museum field, and any other significant details.

PAST AWARDEES (1990 – PRESENT):
2017: Exhibit – Pililuki–Make Them!, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository
2016: Lani Hotch, Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center
2015: State Library, Archives, and Museum, Juneau
2014: UA Museum of the North, Fairbanks
2013: Gray Whale Project, Pratt Museum
2012: Sue Thorson, Sitka
2011: Scott Carrlee, Alaska State Museum
2010: Jean Turner, Director of Eagle Historical Society & Museums
2009: Exhibit – Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place, Pratt Museum
2008: Exhibit – Yuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup’ik Science and Survival, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Calista Elders; and Exhibit – Giinaquq: Like a Face, Alutiiq Museum Council, curated by Ann Fienup-Riordan, Marie Mead, Alice Rearden and Suzi Jone
2007: Patricia Wolf, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
2006: Robert Banghart, Juneau
2005: Amy Steffian, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository
2004: Michael Hawfield
2003: Gail Hollinger, Heritage Library Museum; and Terry Dickey, University of Alaska Museum and founder of Museums Alaska
2002: Peter Corey, Alaska State Museum; and Steven Henrikson, Alaska State Museum
2001: Diane Brenner, Anchorage Museum of History and Art
2000: Pratt Museum
1999: Mary Louise and Elmer Rasmuson
1998: Cynthia (CJ) Jones, Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center; and Lydia Black
1997: Donna Matthews, Museums Alaska
1996: Ann Fienup-Riordan; and The Pratt Museum
1995: Jerry Howard, Alaska State Museum
1994: Janelle Matz
1993: Helen Alten, Alaska State Museum
1992: Roxana Adams, Ketchikan Museums
1991: The Pratt Museum
1990: Barbara Sweetland Smith

Volunteer of the Year Award

Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledge the crucial roles volunteers perform in our museum communities. Help us celebrate their importance to our success by nominating any volunteer, whether docent, a community supporter, or a member of your Board of Directors. They do not need to be members of Museums Alaska. Please nominate your volunteer by describing the tasks this volunteer performs, what the hourly time commitment has been, and how long this volunteer has been contributing. Describe contributions to other organizations if they are significant to cultural heritage.

PAST AWARDEES (1996 – PRESENT):
2017: Allegra Hamer, Anchorage
2016: Cynthia (CJ) Jones, Haines
2015: Joellen Bye, Talkeetna
2014: Shannon Kovac, Jean Schwafel & Colleen Kelly, Resurrection Bay HS Collections Committee, Seward
2013: David Pahl, Haines
2012: ?
2011: Collin MacCarty, Pratt Museum
2010: Frances Mallory
2009: Fran Dameron, Alaska State Museum
2008: Virginia Lacy, Cordova; and Louise Gallop, Anchorage
2007: Dan Gullickson, Fairbanks; and Lee Poleske, Seward
2006: John Borg, Eagle
2005: Beverly Horn, Kodiak; and Dr. Chelton Feeny, Hope
2004: Brian Davies, Anchorage; Sharon Davies, Anchorage
2003: Jon Loring, Alaska State Museum
2002: ?
2001: Natasha Calvin
1999: Sharon Ermold, Cordova
1998: ?
1997: Elva Scott, Eagle
1996: Sabra Reid, Anchorage

President’s Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement

Nominations for the President’s Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement recognize the contributions of an individual over a career. Help us celebrate their contributions by nominating an individual who is departing the field, from all sectors of the field. They do not need to be members of Museums Alaska. Please describe your nominee’s work over the years, their impact on an institution or community, and the legacy they leave behind. Describe contributions to other organizations if they are significant to cultural heritage.

PAST AWARDEES (2014 – PRESENT):
2017: Lisa Golisek, Juneau
2016: Michael Hawfield, Homer
2015: LaRue Barnes, Cordova
2014: Nancy Ricketts

Other Past Awards:
2009 “Outstanding Individual” Award: Joan Hamilton, Yupiit Piciryaralt Cultural Center