New Jersey Association of Museums

John Cotton Dana Award

NOW ACCEPTING 2017 AWARD NOMINATIONS!

Every other year, members are invited to submit nominations for the prestigious John Cotton Dana Award.  Mr. Dana, who founded the Newark Museum in 1909, was a pioneer in his belief that museums should strive to become a stronger and more enriching presence in people’s lives.  His progressive philosophy regarding the educational and community service roles of museums still holds true today. 

Since the inception of the Dana Award in 1989, the list of its recipients has come to represent New Jersey’s outstanding professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of its museums

The Dana Award is presented at the NJAM Annual Meeting.

Image: Gail Stavitsky, 2015 Dana Award Winner, with Katie Witzig, NJAM Board Member.


 

Recipients

 

 

1989                                                 Founding Museums:

The Montclair Art Museum

The Newark Museum

Princeton Art Museum

New Jersey State Museum

1990                                                 Mr. Sam Miller

1991                                                 Ms. Ann Fabbri

1992                                                 Mr. John Petersen

1993                                                 Ms. Nancy B. Gay

1994                                                 Ms. Cynthia Koch

1995                                                 Mr. Daniel Reibel

1996                                                 Ms. Leah Sloshberg

1997                                                 Mr. Zoltan Buki

1998                                                 Dr. B. Michael Zuckerman

1999                                                 Mr. Barry Taylor

2000                                                 Ms. Gail Stern

2001                                                 Ms. Sara Riviera Cureton

2002                                                 Ms. Mary Sue Sweeney Price

2003                                                 Dr. Emlyn H. Koster

2004                                                 Ms. Rebecca A. Buck

2005                                                 Mr. James F. Turk, Ph. D.

2006                                                 Mr. Ulysses Dietz

2007                                                 Ms. Twig Johnson

2008                                                 Mr. Steve Miller

2009                                                 Ms. Ann Marie Miller

2010                                                 Mr. Peter Watson

2011*                                               Ms. Michelle Ortwein

2013                                                 Ms. Claudia Ocello

2015                                                 Dr. Gail Stavitsky

 


*In 2011, NJAM voted to make the award biennial.                                             

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