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Nominations for awards to be presented at the 2019 Conference in Asheville.

NCMC Awards Program 


The purpose of the NCMC Awards Program is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence and professionalism within the museum community and organizations in related fields of interest. Awards focus public attention on the outstanding work across our state in the 2018 calendar year.

Benefits of NCMC Awards Program

NCMC Awards provide a vehicle for promoting North Carolina museums and related institutions through media news releases, membership, and fund-raising campaigns. Award recognition can also reinforce the quality of a museum's initiatives and accomplishments in grant proposals and other documents. All award recipients will be recognized at the NCMC Annual Conference.  

Nomination Procedure & Deadline

Submissions for the 2018 Awards must be submitted electronically as email attachments to the Awards Committee Chair by February 22, 2019.

Nominations for the North Carolina Museums Council 2018 Awards must follow guidelines under each category:

Professional Service Awards

Please complete the online nomination forms and send any questions addressed to Awards Committee Chair, North Carolina Museums Council. Accompanying letters of support, if required, must be sent by the letter-writer directly to the Awards Committee Chair. Please include the name of award in the subject of your email, for example, 2018 NCMC Award of Special Recognition.

A complete nomination package, including the nomination form and all requested supporting documents and materials as specified below, is required for review and evaluation. Nominations that are incomplete may be returned, requesting missing information, or may be excluded from consideration, depending on the timeframe and other factors.

Notification and Recognition

The NCMC Awards Chair will notify award recipients by early March and invite them to the annual meeting to accept their awards. The Awards Chair will make necessary arrangements for the recipient and/or their designee of the Lawson and Alderson Awards attend the annual meeting.  

Questions about NCMC Award Program or a specific award?

Contact LeRae Umfleet, NCMC Awards Committee Chair.


Awards of Excellence

The NCMC Award of Excellence is intended to honor those exhibits, publications and programs that exemplify excellence in the museum field. This competition showcases the best in our profession and in doing so promotes excellence and professionalism across the state. Nominations for the Awards of Excellence must have been completed during the 2018 calendar year. Work implemented in 2018 that continues over a longer period of time may also be considered. All long-term or permanent exhibitions must have opened in 2018. Up to three awards may be presented.

2018 Award of Excellence Nomination Form (Google)

Judging Criteria for the Award of Excellence
A museum's size, budget and staff will be taken into consideration by the Awards Committee in evaluating the nomination. Other factors which may be considered include: How much did the project benefit the public? What was the museum's accomplishment relative to its resources?

  • Nominees for the Awards of Excellence must be current members of NCMC, and nominations must be made by an NCMC Member. Institutions may nominate themselves.
  • Exhibitions and publications nominated for the Awards of Excellence must have been completed during 2018 calendar year. Work implemented in 2018 that continues over a longer period of time may also be considered. Long-term or permanent exhibitions must have opened in 2018.

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Awards of Special Recognition

The NCMC Awards of Special Recognition honors an individual, group, or business affiliated with a museum in North Carolina who have demonstrated significant interest and support in the programs, goals, and policies or made significant contributions of time, money, or ideas to a museum in the state. Up to three NCMC Awards of Special Recognition may be awarded each year.

2018 Award of Special Recognition Nomination Form (Google)

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Professional Service Awards

Nominees for the NCMC Professional Service Awards must be Individual Members of NCMC, or employees or retirees of an Institutional Member of NCMC. Nominations must be made by an NCMC Individual Member or Institutional Member.

The Professional Service Award

The NCMC Professional Service Award shall be presented to any individual currently employed at a North Carolina museum that has distinguished him/herself in the museum field and/or have professionally advanced the role of museums or that of the North Carolina Museums Council. The committee will grant one "Professional Service" award each year. The nominee must be an Individual Member of or be employed by an Institutional Member of NCMC. Preference will be given to museum professionals whose work and contributions have statewide impact and who have had a depth of experience with museums in North Carolina. Preference will also be given to nominees who have a demonstrated record of membership and service with the North Carolina Museums Council organization.

2018 Professional Service Award Nomination Form (Google)

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The Dennis T. Lawson Memorial Award

The Dennis T. Lawson Memorial Award honors deceased members and supporters of the museum profession in North Carolina. The award was created in 1987 in honor of Dennis T. Lawson, director of the High Point Museum and Historical Park, a respected and admired colleague who died suddenly and unexpectedly during the preceding year. This award may be presented in memorial to one individual each year.

2018 Dennis T. Lawson Memorial Award Nomination Form (Google)

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The William T. Alderson Lifetime Achievement Award

The William T. Alderson Lifetime Achievement Award honors retired (still living) museum professionals for a lifetime of service to demonstrate NCMC's respect and admiration for the body of work they accomplished in their career. This award may be presented to one individual each year. In addition to standard award recognitions, Alderson Award winners will receive a special gift.

2018 Alderson Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form (Google)

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