Awards Program


Entries for the 2021 OMA Awards Program are now being accepted. Download the Awards Program. The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, June 7.  
  • The OMA Awards Improvement Committee revised and truly improved the Awards Program for 2020, but the program was interrupted by the pandemic. Changes and updates to the program include:
  • Every award has specific judging criteria.
  • Every award has its own online entry form.
  • There is a new Special Project award to encompass projects that have multiple aspects or do not fit in one of the other project awards.
  • The former Conservation or Preservation project award has been retired as a stand-alone award and these projects can now be entered under the Special Project award.
  • All project awards continue to be grouped by the size of the project expense. However, the grouping has been expanded to four levels for competitive comparison: $0-$5,000, $5,001-$15,000, $15,001-$50,000, and over $50,000.
  • Only one submission per OMA member per project category type is allowed. Example: A museum may submit one entry for Outreach or Education Program and one entry for Publication. A museum may NOT submit two entries under Special Projects even if the projects are different and/or have different budget expense levels.
For 2021 only, nominated projects must have been completed of in use between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021. This is an extended time frame due to interruptions caused by the pandemic in 2020.

During 2020, many museums developed virtual programming. These efforts can be nominated for an award. Don’t be shy!

OMA takes great pride in honoring the outstanding projects and dedicated individuals that make Oklahoma museums—large or small, rural or urban—shine!

 

 

Oklahoma Museums Association Announces 2019 Award Winners
Awards to be Presented During Annual Conference

(OKLAHOMA CITY) -  The Oklahoma Museums Association has announced the award recipients being honored during its annual conference Sept. 18-20 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state. Also, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. 

OMA awards recognize achievements from the past 18 months in the categories of conservation, exhibits, promotional pieces, publications, outreach or education programs and technology media. The competition is further divided into project budget categories. In addition, awards for contributions of individuals, groups and businesses to Oklahoma museums or a specific museum in the community will be presented.

The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased before Aug. 23 online using the registration button found at OKMuseums.org

The OMA Conference is open to all board members, volunteers, students and staff of museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions. The annual conference and awards is one of the many programs and services offered by the OMA to further its mission to assist Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. The conference registration deadline is Aug. 23. Download a conference booklet or register online at OKMuseums.org/conference.

The Oklahoma Museums Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1972. Programming offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma’s 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions.

2019 Oklahoma Museums Association Award Winners

Conservation or Preservation
Conservation or Preservation Budget Category $15,001 and over
Chickasaw Cultural Center, Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Cultural Center and Archives, Creek Nation Council House Restoration Project (Honorable Mention)

 

Exhibits
Exhibits Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Chickasaw Cultural Center, Te Ata Exhibit

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma Wildlife (Honorable Mention)

Exhibits Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
American Banjo Museum, Jim Henson – Life and Legacy

Chisholm Trail Museum, Horizon Hill (Honorable Mention)

Exhibits Budget Category $15,001 and over
Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, Unmasking the Truth: The History of the Comanche Language

Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center, From Ancient Hands: Stories in Fire and Clay (Honorable Mention)

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, “Transmitting Tulsa: On-Screen & Over the Airwaves” Exhibit (Honorable Mention)

 

Outreach or Education
Outreach or Education Budget Category $0 to $5,000
American Banjo Museum, Pick-a-Tune with Lucas

Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum, The Land Run Comes Alive: 125th
Anniversary of Cherokee Strip Land Run (Honorable Mention)

Outreach or Education Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Inc., Remembering Our Heroes

Outreach or Education Budget Category $15,001 and over
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Educational Programs for “Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit”

Nancy Ferris, The Wall That Heals (Honorable Mention)

 

Promotional Piece
Promotional Piece Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Amy Pence, Moore-Lindsay House Website

Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, Artist Brochure: Nanahtuanuu, A father and his son (Honorable Mention)

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, Curator’s Circle Brochure (Honorable Mention)

Promotional Piece Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
Philbrook Museum of Art, Making Modern America Booklet

Promotional Piece Budget Category $15,001 and over
Philbrook Museum of Art, Philbrook.org

 

Publication
Publication Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, and Western Railways Exhibition Catalogue

Publication Budget Category $15,001 and over
Philbrook Museum of Art, Innovative Impressions: Prints by Cassatt, Degas, and Pissarro

 

Technology Media
Technology Media Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Philbrook Museum of Art, Museum Confidential Podcast

108 Contemporary, Beth Lipman Documentary (Honorable Mention)

Technology Media Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Wédasé: The Strong Hearted

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, Tulsa Historical Society & Museum Website (Honorable Mention)

Technology Media Budget Category $15,001 and over
Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, “L’dor V’dor: Generation to Generation” Documentary

 

Certificate of Recognition
JA Pryse

Don Kerby

James R. Metcalf

Sylvia Metcalf

Nancy Ferris

 

Award for Service to the Profession
Tahnee Growingthunder

 

Download the Press Release Here