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Excellence Recognized

The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection, campus, exhibitions, publications, and programs are recognized and celebrated on numerous levels, including:

June 2013

TripAdvisor.com Certificate of ExcellenceTripAdvisor.com awarded the Toledo Museum of Art with a Certificate of Excellence for 2013. This reward was the result of receiving consistently great reviews from guests who have visited TMA.

The Toledo Museum of Art continues to be the #1 Toledo attraction on the travel review and advice website.

June 2013

The Museum’s 2012 Annual Report received 2nd prize in the American Alliance of Museums‘ 2013 Museum Publications Design Competition.

April 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art won three prestigious awards at the April 21, 2013 Ohio Museums Association Awards dinner. Manet: Portraying Life was named Best Exhibition in the large museum category while Girl Scout Night at the Museum won the Best Community Partnership Award. In addition, the Museum’s 2012 Annual Report received a gold award in the large museum category for visual communications.

March 2013

Director of Collections and Curator of Asian Art Carolyn Putney was named a 2013 Woman of Achievement in the art category by the YWCA of Toledo.

November 2012

This year, the Toledo Museum of Art was chosen to receive the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’s annual award for its contribution to the Studio Glass Movement by hosting the 1962 Toledo Workshops; for its important and sustained contribution to the preservation of the history of art made from glass; and for the creation, promotion and exhibition of contemporary glass art. Jutta-Annette Page, curator of glass and decorative arts, accepted the award on the Museum’s behalf on November 3 in Chicago.

September 2012

Six women affiliated with the Museum were named 2012 Women of Influence by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Carol Bintz (TMA COO) was named a Leader of Promise; Kathy Danko-McGhee (Director of Education) was named a Leader of Promise; Jutta-Annette Page (Curator of Glass) was named a Leader of Promise; Sara Jane DeHoff and Cynthia Thompson (board members) were named Advocates; and Mary Kennedy (wife of Director Brian Kennedy), was named an Advocate.

February 2011

The Museum Store featuring Collector’s Corner was named Best Fine Art Gift Shop in the Toledo City Paper’s Best of Toledo Awards.

November 2010

The Museum’s communications department won several awards at the 2010 Crystal Awards ceremony, held at the McMaster Center at the Main Library.  The annual event is sponsored by Business of Communications and recognizes excellence in all forms of communications.

The Museum was awarded four Crystal Awards of Excellence for its new web site, the 2009 annual report, LitGraphic videos and Psychedelic 60s television commercial.  The My Guide series won an award of merit.  Finally, the Museum’s cumulative work for the past year received a Best in Show Award.

August 2010

Readers of Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes voted TMA “America’s Favorite Art Museum.” The Toledo Museum of Art nudged out 63 other art museums over a six-week voting period that saw 75,000 votes cast for museums across the country. “Congrats to the TMA and its fans,” Green wrote. “If you haven’t visited the TMA (or the other superb art museums and collections in America’s industrial heartland), consider this a nudge.”

June 2010

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo present the Museum with their “Friend of Youth Award” for service to the children of Toledo in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs.

June 2010

Adelante, the Latino Resource Center, presented the Museum with its 2010 Amigo Award for its dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of Latino children, youth and adults through the arts.

February 2010

The Museum again receives five awards from Toledo City Paper in the “Best of Toledo” reader poll.  Awards this year include Best Organization Website, Best Place to Meet a Boy/Girl to Take Home to Mom, Best Art Gallery, Best Fine Art Gift Shop and Best Place to Hold a Wedding.

July 2009

The Museum’s 1926 Skinner Organ, housed in the Peristyle Theater, receives a Citation from the Historic Organ Citations Committee of the Organ Historical Society as part of the group’s national convention. Only 385 organs in the United States and Canada have received this honor, including 27 other Skinner organs.

April 2009

Masterworks, a comprehensive book showcasing 300 of the Museum’s finest works, receives an American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA.  Only 10 percent of entries submitted received certificates of merit.

February 2009

Museum wins five Best of Toledo Awards: Each year the Toledo City Paper, a weekly tabloid focused on the local arts and entertainment scene, runs a contest to have readers identify the best local choices in numerous categories—from professional services to burger joints.

Not surprisingly, the Toledo Museum of Art won “Best Gallery” and “Best Fine Art Gift Shop,” but some of our other awards were a bit more unexpected. It’s Friday! was recognized as the “Best Recurring Weekly Event,” which may not be all that surprising to the thousands of people who have enjoyed this free celebration of the arts each Friday for the past 15 years.

But in what may be a new twist for even the most committed Museum visitor, TMA was awarded “Best Date Night Destination” and “Best Place to Meet Someone You Would Take Home to Mom” Awards from City Paper readers. TMA is certainly happy to contribute to the love lives of art lovers across the region and we hope a new generation of art aficionados will spring forth as a result of the relationships that begin at TMA.

April 2008

TMA is the #1 Toledo attraction on tripadvisor.com.

March 2008

The Ohio Museums Association recognized our annual Juneteenth Celebration with an Institutional Excellence Award.

January 2008

Chicago Tribune travel writer Robert Cross names TMA as the number one reason to visit Toledo, while Cleveland-Plain Dealer travel writer Susan Glaser names the Glass Pavilion one of the best “10 Places to Heat up Your Winter.”

May 2007

The Northwest Ohio Black Media Association (NOBMA) named TMA’s Juneteenth Celebration winner of a 2006 Impact Newsmaker Award.

February 2007

Glass Pavilion named “Best Museum” in Travel + Leisure’s 2007 Design Awards.

March 2007

The Ohio Museums Association (OMA) recognized the Glass Pavilion with one of only four Institutional Excellence Awards in the state. The OMA also gives the TMA catalogue The Art of Glass an Outstanding Achievement Award in visual communications.

August 2006

The New York Times raved that “…the new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art…can reawaken the belief in the power of glass to enchant.”

The Los Angeles Times said, “[The Glass Pavilion] packs a significant architectural punch. Even more successfully than…the 2004 renovation of the Museum of Modern Art.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “The Toledo Museum of Art, its directors and its trustees have done something magnificent. The world will pay close attention.”