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Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition

Competition for USA, Canada, and International
Museum Label Writers and Editors

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Foundation / Corporation

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American Alliance of Museums - American Alliance of Museum’s Curators Committee (CurCom) and EdCom and NAME and Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, Seattle

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Competition for USA, Canada, and International museum exhibition label writers and editors for outstanding label writing. The purpose of the program is to display examples of excellent label writing, highlight best practices, and to inspire and teach museum professionals. Applicants compete for their exhibition labels to be featured in the Marketplace of Ideas during the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and in the competition’s online archive. The goal is to serve as a resource for museum professionals striving to write excellent label copy.

Excellent exhibition label copy is clear, concise, and captivating. This combination is not easily achieved, and the writers and editors who craft the best label copy often go unrecognized. The competition seeks to recognize excellence in the composition of label text. Jurors do not consider design or graphic treatments in their evaluation.

Recognized entries will be on display in the Marketplace of Ideas at this year’s AAM Annual Meeting and featured on the CurCom website ( 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161382

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All exhibition label writers and editors are eligible to compete, including freelancers.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission dates:
Opening: Monday, October 7, 2019
Closing: Friday, December 6, 2019
Submitters will be notified of the judges’ decision in early spring.

Exhibition label copy submitted must have been put on display after June 30, 2017 and before December 7, 2018. Submitted materials must reflect the final label text, no exceptions. Text used for prototyping or posted solely online is ineligible.

Limits: Entries are limited to three per exhibition, so please consult with your collaborators before submitting. You may submit multiple exhibitions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submissions are accepted only through the online form here:

Questions can be emailed to Shiro Burnette at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.