Museum Nov Dec 2013 : Page 38
Excellence in Exhibition Competition The Excellence in Exhibition Competition, celebrating its 25th anni-versary this year, recognizes exhibitions for overall excellence or for stretching the limits of exhibition content and design through in-novation. This year’s entries were peer reviewed, based on the newly updated Alliance Standards for Museum Exhibitions and Indicators of Excellence. Awards are sponsored by four of the Alliance’s Professional Networks: the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Curators Committee (CurCom), Education Professional Network (EdCom) and National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) . “I am impressed with how this year’s winners seamlessly combined sometimes con-troversial and often personally relevant content with designs that were beautiful and effective,” says Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, the 2013 competition coordinator. 38 / museum NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2013 SPECIAL DISTINCTION— AESTHETICS AND MATERIALS “Light: Installations by Bruce Munro” Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA This temporary exhibition displayed eight light installations by U.K. artist Bruce Munro. Artworks were strategically placed throughout Longwood Gardens to highlight a range of areas within the gardens, transforming lakes, meadows, forests and ﬁelds in ways that demonstrated the links between nature and culture. Judges chose this exhibition for an award because of its innovative use of everyday materials to create an aesthetically beautiful exhibition experience that expanded the role of public gardens as a place to not only view nature but also appreciate art.