Charles Redd Award

The 2022 Charles Redd Award was presented to Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art (right-center) for the Whatcom Museum's  2019 exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American IdeaPictured here with (L-R) past WMA Board President Anne Rowe, WMA Executive Director Jason B. Jones, and WMA Board President Dana Whitelaw, High Desert Museum.


The 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 North American West. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement of a temporary exhibition 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 award is funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

WMA 2023 Redd Award Applications are now closed.

The application deadline was Friday, July 14, 2023


Eligibility Requirements

Any exhibition affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or other cultural organization is eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to be a current WMA member. Additionally, past Charles Redd Award applicants are welcome to apply, but previous awardees are not eligible. Applicants must meet the following criteria.

  1. Eligibility is not limited by geographical location, size, budget, or discipline
  2. The exhibition must be a temporary exhibition with a defined closing date
  3. The exhibition must be open sometime during the period between July 15, 2022 and July 15, 2023
  4. The primary emphasis of the exhibition must be an aspect of the North American West: i.e., West of the Rocky Mountains, including Alaska, Hawaii, and western Canadian provinces. Subjects may include the arts and humanities, social/historical studies, ethnic/native studies, and/or natural/ecological studies
  5. The exhibition must have a physical location open to the general public. The exhibition may be supplemented by a film, website, and/or publications; however, at this time, these alternative media do not qualify as an “exhibition” on their own for the purposes of this award
  6. Preference will be given to an exhibition that expands collective understandings of the NorthAmerican West; and to an exhibition that promotes collaboration with communities or organizations beyond the sponsoring institution


How to Apply

  1. Read through the eligibility requirements (see above)
  2. Download the application form
  3. Submit the following information in the form of a single PDF document to
    1. The completed application form is the first page of your PDF submission
    2. Write a brief narrative (500 words or less) that defines the following:
      1. The “big idea,” scope and purpose of the exhibition (please see the eligibility criteria above)
      2. The exhibition’s target audience
      3. Total number of objects (if any) included in the exhibition
    3. Write a brief statement (250 words or less) that describes any associated programs, activities, media, or publications created specifically for the exhibition
    4. Provide interpretive text samples (if any). Include no more than three (3) major concept texts, and no more than three (3) secondary labels or captions
    5. Provide a budget summary stating the total project cost and cost of major subcategories. Do not include staff time.
    6. Include the following supporting visual media:
      1. All entries must include ten (10) images of the exhibition installation. Any images not included in the PDF submittal must be in jpg format and be clearly captioned. Please do not send images over 72 dpi / 2.5 MB. If using larger files, please use links to DropBox or Google Docs within your PDF.
      2. OPTIONAL: A video of the exhibition. If included, only one (1) video is required to submit. The digital video files must be less than 3 minutes, and depict a sense of the exhibition as a whole. It is preffered that you provide a link within the PDF to the video on your institution's website or YouTube channel.

Applicants will receive a confirmation upon receipt of the application, and will be notified of the final award results.

Applications are now closed. The deadline was Friday, July 14, 2023.


Previous Charles Redd Award Recipients

The following is a list of WMA's past Charles Redd Award Recipients, from the inaugural award given in 2005.
2018: Presidio Trust, Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in WWII Japanese American Incarceration
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


WMA 2023 Redd Award Applications are now closed

The application deadline was Friday, July 14, 2023


If you have questions, please email

or call WMA at (707) 433-4701