Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award

TAM's Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award was established to recognize significant contributions to the museum field, service to TAM, and truly remarkable individuals. Presented each year at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Museums, this award is named in honor of Jack Nokes, TAM Executive Director (1995 -2008).

Nomination Criteria
  • Nominees must be individuals. Group or multiple-person nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominees must be nominated by a TAM institutional member.
  • Individuals may not self-nominate.
  • Nominees are eligible to win only once.
  • Nominees will be considered based on leadership, service to the Texas museum community, and contributions to the institution(s) that he or she serves (or served).

Submission Guidelines 

The Jake Nokes Outstanding Service Award is selected by the Annual Conference Local Host Committee along with the TAM VP for Programs. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please contact admin@texasmuseums.org with the subject line "Jake Nokes Outstanding Service Award Nomination" by February 1, 2024. Please include a narrative summary of the nominee's contribution not to exceed 250 words. Letters of support are welcome but not required. 

The Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award is presented each year at the TAM Annual Meeting - TAM 2024 will be in Lubbock, April 14-17. The recipient will be notified in advance and invited to the meeting.


2023 - Marise McDermott
2022 - Jill Barrow
2021 - Lynn Denton
2020 - Judy Reeves
2019 - Henry Crawford
2018 - Lisa Rebori
2017 - Jack McKinney
2016 - Howard Taylor
2015 - David Lintz
2014 - Gary Smith
2013 - Houston McGaugh
2012 - Ellie Caston
2010 - Matthew White
2009 - Margaret Blagg
2008 - Jack Nokes