SEMC is pleased to announce the 2021 Winners of the

Exhibition, Publication and Technology Competitions and

Student Work in Museums

Congratulations to all! 


Under $10,000 Budget 

Gold: Columbus Museum: And So She Did: Women of the Chattahoochee Valley

Silver: Marco Island Historical Society: A Pressing Matter: Preserving Marco Island's Flora

BronzeAsheville Art Museum: Meeting the Moon

Honorable Mention: Berman Museum: Danger, Deception, and Disguise

Under $25,000 Budget 

Gold: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage: Soul of the South

SilverGregg Museum of Art & Design: Stephen Althouse - Objects of Intention

BronzeFlorence County Museum: Kindred Spirit: the Personal Worlds of William H. Johnson

Over $25,000 Budget 

Gold: Orange County Regional History Center: Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920

Silver: Gregg Museum of Art & Design: All Is Possible - Mary Ann Scherr's Legacy in Metal

Over $100,000 Budget 

Gold: Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics

Honorable Mention: Georgia Museum of Art: Emma Amos: Color Odyssey

Over $100,000,000 Budget 

Gold: Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience: Core Exhibition | Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

Silver: Atlanta History Center: Atlanta ’96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City

*Digital Exhibition (*NEW category for 2021!)

Gold: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art: Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home

Many thanks to the 2021 Exhibition Competition Chair and Judges:

  • Emilie Arnold, Exhibition Developer, Dalton, Georgia 

2021 Exhibition Competition Judges:

  • Rebecca Bush, CurCom representative, Curator of History/Exhibitions Manager, The Columbus Museum
  • Katie Ericson, Senior Manager, School and Volunteer Programs. Michael C. Carlos Museum
  • Michelle Schulte, Independent Museum Professional, Pensacola, Florida
  • Madeleine Miller, Exhibit Designer at Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Category: Best in Show

Emma Amos: Color Odyssey - Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

Category: Annual Reports

Gold: Gibbes Museum of Art, 2020 Annual Report

Silver: Florida Museum of Natural History, 2019-2020 Digital Annual Report

Bronze: LSU Museum of Art, Annual Report

Category: Book & Catalogues

Gold: Emma Amos: Color Odyssey - Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

Silver: Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana - Historic New Orleans Collection

Bronze: Cajun Document: Acadiana, 1973-74 - Historic New Orleans Collection

Category: Brochures and Rack Cards

Gold: Membership Brochure - Marco Island Historical Society

Silver: Whitman, Alabama - Georgia Museum of Art

Bronze: How Can I Help Turtles? - Cook Museum of Natural Science

Honorable Mention: Museum Brochure - Marco Island Historical Society

Categorgy: Campaigns

Gold: Museum Discovery Quest - Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Silver: L'Amour du Vin Auction & Dinner - Knoxville Museum of Art

Bronze: All About Her/Him Events Campaign - Cook Museum of Natural Science

Honorable Mention: Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory Exhibition Campaign- Hunter Museum of American Art

Category: Gallery Guides

Gold: Family Guide - Asheville Art Museum

Silver: Gallery Guide: Self-guided Tour Guides and Museum Hunt: Hunter Museum of American Art

Bronze: Social Story & Visual Vocabulary- Cook Museum of Natural Science

Category: Invitations

Gold: WJS Garden Party Invitation - Telfair Museums

Silver: Under the Big Top - Marco Island Historical Society

Bronze: 2020 Exhibitions - Hunter Museum of American Art

Category: Magazines & Newsletters

Gold: WJS Garden Party Invitation - Telfair Museums

Silver: Under the Big Top - Marco Island Historical Society

Bronze: 2020 Exhibitions - Hunter Museum of American Art

Category: Mailers & Calendars 

Gold: LCVA Seasonal Series Mailer - Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Longwood University

Silver: Art View Spring 2021 - Hunter Museum of American Art

Bronze: Upcoming Events Calendar Series - Cook Museum of Natural Science 

Category: Posters

Gold: Welcome Back Poster- Cook Museum of Natural Science

Silver: Jazz in June - Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Bronze: What is Color? - Cook Museum of Natural Science

Many thanks to the 2021 Publication Competition Chair and Judges:

  • Cara McGowan, Director of Marketing & Communications, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2021 Publication Competition Judges:

  • Nicole Brown, Chattanooga, TN
  • Brian May, Chattanooga, TN
  • Jeffrey Morton, Chattanooga, TN


Did you miss the October 2021 Virtual Technology Showcase which featured projects from Technology Competition GOLD Winners? No worries! We'll have the recording available from the virtual session at SEMC2021 soon! 

Category: Applications  

Silver: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage - Xplore Morris Center

Bronze: Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center - Explore Helen and Sautee Nacoochee Phone App

Category: Campaign  

Gold: Wiregrass Museum of Art - House Party for Art

Silver: Customs House Museum and Cultural Center - Grand Illumination

Category: Digital Education 

Gold: Boston Productions, Inc. - Western Writers of America: Packing the West

Silver: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - Native American Days Program & Resources for Educators & Students

Bronze: Asheville Art Museum - Summer Camp to Go!

Honorable Mention: Telfair Museums - Picasso to Hockney Educator Guide

Honorable Mention: Georgia Museum of Art - Virtual 5th Grade Tours

Category: Digital Marketing 

Gold: Gregg Museum of Art and Design - Fantastic Fans: The Collection of Emma Hanford Smith

Silver: Atlanta History Center - Website

Category: Gallery Installations 

Gold: Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience - Community Quilt Interactive

Silver: Orange County Regional History Center - Deeds Map - Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920

Bronze: Boston Productions Inc. - Tennessee State Library & Archives Touch Interactive Experiences

Honorable Mention: Customs House Museum and Cultural Center - In-Museum Digital Marketing Screens

Category: Media Production

Gold: Orange County Regional History Center - Oral History Animation - Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920

Silver: Asheville Art Museum - Asheville Art Museum smARTguide

Bronze: Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience - Orientation Film: Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

Honorable Mention: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - Shiloh Shout-Out video series

Category: Student Projects 

Gold: Asheville Art Museum - NEH Cares Videos

Many thanks to the 2021 Technology Competition Chairs and Judges:

  • Scott Warren, Historic Site Manager II, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Pineville, North Carolina 

2021 Technology Competition Judges:

  • Scotty Almany, Digital Media, Programming & Exhibit Logistics Manager, Birthplace of Country Music
  • Alexander Brooks, Education Manager, Gaston County Museum, Dallas, North Carolina     


2021 Student Work in Museums Award Winners

Weaving Muscogee Creek Culture: The Artistry of Mary Smith

Riva Cullinan, Hope Chandler, Elissa Lisle, Caitlyn White, A. René Thompson, Manasar Alharethi, Emily McKenzie

University of Alabama

Secrets of the Oldest City: LGBT+ History in St. Augustine, Florida

Lizzy Sparks

Ohio State University

Historic Hauntings in North Georgia

Carly Payne

University of North Georgia

Professionalism and Transformation of the Highlands Historical Society

Bailey Lawrence

Western Carolina University

Moravian MorningsA Historic Bethabara Park Podcast

Casey Landolf

University of North Carolina

A Journal from Captivity: A Day in the Life at Camp Lawrenceburg

Harliana Burns

Middle Tennessee State University

Memory Through Mountain Ranges: Preserving Asheville Artists' Geographic Identity

Shira Zaid

Smith College

Many thanks to the 2021 Student Work in Museums Co-Chairs:

  • Pam Meister, Director,  Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Patricia A. Hobbs , Senior Curator of Art Museums at W&L, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia