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Grants, Awards & Honors

Grants:

Adele Filene Student Presenter Grant

College and University Collection Care Grant

CSA Travel Research Grant

Stella Blum Student Research Grant

Small Museum Collection Care Grant

Angels Project

Awards &
Honors:

Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology

CSA Fellow Award

Millia Davenport Publication Award

Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Scholars' Roundtable Honor

 

 

 

Richard Martin Exhibition Awards

Purpose

Richard Martin Exhibition Awards recognize outstanding costume exhibitions presented by both small and large institutions. Award-winning exhibitions demonstrate excellence and innovation in the interpretation and presentation of costume, providing a transforming experience to both students of costume and the public. Up to two awards are given annually to exhibitions of differing sizes and funding. A representative of each award-winning exhibition is invited to speak at the CSA National Symposium the following year, and receives a certificate and a $500 honorarium, funded by the CSA Endowment, to help defray travel and symposium expenses.

Description

Richard Martin Exhibition Awards, first given in 2002, are named for Richard Martin (1947-1999), curator of costumes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. An outstanding scholar, lecturer, author, and the curator of many critically acclaimed costume exhibitions, Richard Martin was a Fellow of the Costume Society of America, and served on its Board of Directors, as editor of CSA’s scholarly journal Dress, and as president of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an award an exhibition must:

  • be mounted at a museum, historical society, historic house, academic department within an institution of higher learning, or at a site where museum standards are applied
  • at least sixty percent of the objects on display must be costume
  • have at least one person on the exhibition team who is a CSA member
  • have been presented in the fifteen months prior to the January 31 entry deadline
  • not have received the award in the past three years
  • Entry Deadline

    Completed entries must be postmarked by January 31.

    Selection Criteria

    The Costume Society of America recognizes that exhibition size is not necessarily an indicator of excellence. It also acknowledges that large institutions with large exhibition budgets may have an unfair advantage over smaller institutions with less funding. In order to balance competition between exhibitions of differing sizes and budgets, up to two Richard Martin Exhibition Awards may be given each year.

    Exhibitions will be evaluated on:

  • excellent and innovative exhibition concept and design
  • quality of research, scholarship, and interpretation presented in the exhibition
  • innovative, appropriate, and engaging use of objects, media, and design elements
  • adherence to good conservation standards for mounts, light levels, climate control, etc.
  • overall excellence, encompassing the ability to serve as a model for other exhibitions and to evoke a transformative response from viewers
  • Awards Schedule

    Entrants will be notified of the results by March 15. Award results will be announced at the CSA National Symposium. A designated representative of each award-winning exhibition is invited present an overview of the exhibition at the following year’s CSA National Symposium, and will receive a $500 honorarium to help defray travel and symposium expenses.

    Entry Procedure

    Include six (6) copies of the entry form (see below) and the other material requested. Entries can be submitted in electronically via CDs or in hardcopy.

    Questions? Contact Michaele Haynes, Richard Martin Exhibition Awards Committee Chair, at mthurgoodh@juno.com.

    Richard Martin Exhibition Award Entry Form

    Institution's name ______________________________________________________
    Institution's address ____________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________
    Contact's name ________________________________________________________
    Title _____________________________________ Telephone __________________
    E-mail _______________________________________________________________
    Name and title of CSA Member on the exhibition team
    _____________________________________________________________________
    Exhibition title _________________________________________________________
    Exhibition dates _______________________________________________________
    Exhibition location _____________________________________________________

    Include the following on additional sheets of paper:
    1) Briefly state the concept for the exhibition, including goals and expectations.
    2) Briefly describe the institution that presented the costume exhibition. Include the annual budget for the institution, or if the institution is a museum, college, or university with many departments, the annual budget for the department that generated the exhibition.
    3) Briefly outline the exhibition budget.
    4) Briefly describe the physical exhibition space, and include a floor plan to scale.
    5) Briefly detail the conservation methods used in the exhibition.
    6) Provide a walk-through of the exhibition, including no more than 20 images or photographs that give a sense of the exhibition as a whole.
    7) Provide label text, including all text if possible, but at least the major concept labels, subordinate labels, and several examples of object labels.
    8) Include other material as desired, such as examples of catalogues, gallery guides, brochures, videos, or handouts, or information about related public programs and online content.

    Submit six (6) copies of the materials listed above, either as CDs or in clearly labeled 3-ring binders or folders. If you want the entry materials returned, include six (6) self-addressed, pre-paid return envelopes, or for submissions from outside of the United States, UPS or Fed-Ex prepaid return envelopes.

    Send to: Michaele Haynes, Richard Martin Exhibition Awards Committee Chair
    c/o Costume Society of America
    390 Amwell Road, Suite 402
    Hillsborough, NJ 08844

     

    Richard Martin Exhibition Award Recipients

    2013:
    Certificates of Commendation:
    60 Years Designing the Ballet
    The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada

    Tying the Knot
    Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

    2012:
    No award granted

    2011:
    American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
    Curator: Andrew Bolton
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

    Eco-Fashion: Going Green
    Co-curators: Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill
    The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

    Certificate of Commendation:
    In Mother's Hood: Inuit Packing Dolls of Taloyoak
    Co-curators: Anne Bissonnette and Christina Williamson
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

    2010:
    High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture
    Co-curators: Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson
    FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, California

    2009:
    Reveal or Conceal?
    Curator: Cynthia Cooper
    McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec Canada

    Certificate of Commendation:
    Gothic: Dark Glamour
    Curator: Valerie Steele
    The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

    2008:
    Late 18th & Early 19th-Century Fashion Series
    Curator: Anne Bissonnette
    Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio

    Poiret: King of Fashion
    Co-curators: Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute, New York, New York

    2007:
    A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry
    Curator: Gabriel Goldstein
    Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, New York, New York

    2006:

    No award granted

    2005:
    Modesty Died When Clothes Were Born: Costume in the Life and Literature of Mark Twain
    Curator: Lynne Bassett
    Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut

    2004:
    Clothes Make the Man;The Language of Clothing
    Curator: Linda Baumgarten
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia

    2003:
    Clothes Make the Man
    Curator: Cynthia Cooper
    McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec Canada

    Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyogen Theater in Japan
    Curator: Sharon Takeda
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

    2002:
    Fashion Stores of the South: Thalheimers, Miller & Rhoads & Montado's
    Curator: Colleen Callahan
    The Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, Virginia

    London Fashion
    Curator: Valerie Steele
    The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

     

     

     

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