Charles Redd Award

The 2016 Redd Award was presented to Sarah Seiter, Associate Curator of Natural Sciences at Oakland Museum of California. Pictured with (L-R) J
ason B. Jones, WMA Executive Director, Lisa Sasaki, WMA President, Kippen de Alba Chu, WMA Immediate Past President, and Past President Redmond J. Barnett.

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to consider applications for this annual award honoring excellence for an exhibition that furthers the study and understanding of the American West. The award is funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

The competition recognizes outstanding achievement of a temporary exhibition (i.e., one with a specific closing date) from all types of museums as defined by the American Alliance of Museums, without regard to geographical location, size, budget, discipline or age. A representative designated by the honored institution will be presented with an award at the Annual Meeting.

The 2018 Charles Redd Award application deadline is July 13, 2018. 

To submit a nomination, please download the 2018 Charles Redd Nomination Form and send it to by July 13, 2018.

In order to qualify for the award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Eligibility is not limited by geographical location, size, budget, discipline, or age.
  2. The exhibition for which the museum is nominated must be a temporary exhibition (i.e., with a defined closing date) opening between July 14, 2017 and July 14, 2018. The exhibit must have as its primary display and interpretive emphasis some aspect of the American West: i.e., west of the Rocky Mountains, including Alaska and Hawaii. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the arts and humanities, social/historical studies, ethnic/native studies, and natural/ecological studies.
  3. Preference will be given to those exhibits that foster the American West as a legitimate study for museums and the general public, that utilize innovative exhibition and public programming possibilities, that result from creative collaboration with communities or organizations (including museums and universities) beyond the sponsoring institution, and that engage audiences in the subject of the exhibition in compelling ways.
  4. The exhibition must have a physical location open to the general public. The exhibition may be supplemented by film, website, and publications, however, at this time, these alternative media do not qualify as “exhibition” on their own for the purposes of this award.


Past Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence Recipients

2017: Boise Art Museum, Minidoka: Artist as Witness 
2016: Oakland Museum of California, Altered State: Marijuana in California
2015: Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Museum of Vancouver (MOV), and Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Center (MCERC), c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City.
2014: Oakland Museum of California, Above Below: Stories of Our Chaning Bay
2013: J. Paul Getty Museum, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990!
2012: Utah State University, Museum of Anthropology, Through the Looking Glass: Obsidian Travel and Trade in the Great Basin
2011: Bainbridge Island Historical Society (Washington State), Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar
2010: Mission Mill Museum, Facing Statehood
2008: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Cahuilla Cowboys - Making Our Marks
2007: Oakland Museum of California, Aftershock—Voices from the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
2006:  Anchorage Museum, Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age
2005: San Diego Natural History Museum, Earth, Wind, & WILDFIRE