Mitchell A. Wilder publication Design Awards

All museums, large and small, project a graphic identity in the communications pieces they produce for their publics. Ranging from informal monthly e-newsletters to scholarly exhibit catalogs, from printed posters to digital invitations, these communications reflect the museum's image.

TAM promotes the highest standards of graphic design and media production through the annual Mitchell A.Wilder Publication Design Award Competition. The award is named in honor of one of the early advocates of excellence in museum publications, Mitchell A. Wilder (1913-1979), founding director of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Beginning with primarily late nineteenth-century Western art, he helped build the collection of paintings and sculpture to include a wide cross-section of American masterpieces. Wilder was largely responsible for establishing the Museum's active publications program, active exhibition calendar, and instituting the photography collection--one of the country's largest. Throughout his career, Wilder strove for excellence and quality--, especially in museum publications.

  • Please complete this REGISTRATION FORM and submit payment for your Wilder Award entries.
  • Fill out and attach a separate ENTRY FORM to each entry. Mail physical entries with printed and attached Entry Forms to:

Texas Association of Museums
ATTN: Wilder Awards
815A Brazos, St., #537
Austin, TX 78701

  1. Invitations and Development Campaign Materials
  2. Newsletters, Brochures, and Announcements
  3. Books and Catalogues
  4. Marketing Materials, Supplementary Materials, and Posters

Submissions produced January 2020 - December 2020.
Must be a TAM institutional member museum to submit. All entries must be produced or commissioned by the museum and must relate directly to its program. Any entry deemed not to meet these criteria will be disqualified and entry fee will be forfeited.


There is a limit of 10 (ten) entries submitted. There can be no more than 3 (three) entries in the same category. An entry can ONLY be submitted to 1 (one) category.


The entry fee for the 2021 Wilder Awards is $50 per submission.
Submissions: Please submit payment and complete one entry at a time on this FORM. Make sure to mail physical submissions with Entry Form to Texas Association of Museums 815A Brazos St., #537 Austin, TX 78741 with the entry form.

Deadline for Entries

February 1, 2021
Incomplete forms will disqualify an entry. All entries become the property of TAM. Wilder Award Winning entries will be announced at the TAM Annual Meeting.