The 2017 BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement were handed out on Thursday October 5 at the BCMA Conference Gala at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria.  A staple event of our annual conference, the presentation of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement saw museums and galleries from across the province recognized.  Awards committee co-chairs Jill Baird and Hanna Cho made the presentations in front of a crowd of more than 150 delegates and some special guests.

The BCMA annual awards recognize institutions and individuals who have exemplified excellence in creativity, community engagement and innovation within the Province’s museums, galleries and history community.

Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nominees and Winners for 2017

A big congratulations to our BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners (in bold) and nominees!

The 2017 winners and nominees are:

  • Award of Merit – Exhibitions
    • Fernie Museum – An Immigrant Story: The rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello
    • The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre – Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning
    • Richmond Museum – Leave Your Mark – Wang Duo: Calligrapher for the Ages
    • BC Sports Hall of Fame – A Week You’ll Remember a Lifetime
    • Langley Centennial Museum – The Sacrifice and Sorrow: Langley and the Great War 1914-18
    • Museum of Vancouver – All Together Now; Vancouver collectors and their worlds
  • Award of Merit – Community Engagement
    • Musqueam Indian Band and UBC Museum of Anthropology – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm: qʷi: l̕qʷəl̕ ʔə kʷθə snəw̓eyəɬ ct, Musqueam: Giving Information About Our Teachings
    • Haida Gwaii Museum – eMuseum
  • Museum Stewardship and Service Award
    • Costume Museum at Government House (originally nominated for Award of Merit – Community Engagement)
  • Innovation Award, sponsored by NGX Interactive
    • Carl Schlichting, Museum of Anthropology at UBC – for creative and innovative development of mounting technology
    • Nanaimo Art Gallery – Dazzle Camouflage, contemporary art immersion for teens
    • Royal BC Museum Exhibitions Department – Travelling Exhibitions program
  • Distinguished Service Award
    • Gary Mitchell – BC Archives (retired)
    • Kathryn Bridge  – Royal BC Museum (retired)
    • Lesia Davis – Museum at Campbell River (retired)
    • Richard Hebda – Royal BC Museum (retired)
  • Honourable Mention – Impact and Engagement
    • Surrey Art Gallery – UrbanScreen Projecting Art After Dark (originally nominated for Award of Merit – Community Engagement)

For a look back at awards and honorees through the years, please look at the Awards History page and Recipients page.



The 2017 BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners gather with The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia after the 60th Anniversary Gala. Congratulations to all!