¡NUEVOlution! Earns Three Awards from the Southeastern Museums Conference and is Extended until November 27, 2016!
The Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC) has named Levine Museum of the New South as the winner of three awards in their annual exhibition and technology competitions for the current exhibit, ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.
¡NUEVOlution! received the top “Excellence in Exhibitions” Gold Award for exhibits with budgets over $100,000 in the SEMC Exhibition Competition. Sponsored by the SEMC Curator’s Committee, the SEMC Exhibition Competition focuses attention on exhibitions of merit that are well designed, have educational value and treat objects with care and respect. The competition showcases the best in our profession and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts in southeastern museums.
In the SEMC Technology Competition, ¡NUEVOlution! earned Silver Awards for “Gallery Installation” and for “Campaign.” The SEMC Technology Competition recognizes and rewards excellence in the use of technology by southeastern museums. The competition encourages innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional identity.
Levine Museum of the New South VP of Exhibits Kate Baillon and VP of Education Kamille Bostick will accept the awards on behalf of the museum at the SEMC Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on October 12, 2016, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC.
The SEMC awards mark a total of four honors for the ground-breaking ¡NUEVOlution! exhibit. In May 2016, ¡NUEVOlution! won a national MUSE Award in the “Interpretive Interactive Installations” category from the American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology Professional Network. This competition received nearly 200 applications from institutions in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Originally scheduled to close on October 30, 2016, the museum is excited to announce the extension of the exhibit through November 27 to accommodate group tours and dialogue requests and further host the community and visitors.
After November, ¡NUEVOlution! will travel to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where it is scheduled to open in January 2017, over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
The Southeastern Museums Conference is the major regional networking organization for museums and their staff in the southeastern states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A non-profit membership association with over 1700 members, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information, and cooperation. Each year they host an annual conference at a different city in the Southeast. This year’s conference is in Charlotte, NC, October 10 - 12, 2016.