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National Art Museum of Sport at IUPUI Wins Trio of International Awards


February 13, 2012

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The National Art Museum of Sport at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the recipient of a trio of international awards honoring excellence in marketing communications, museum officials announced, Feb. 10, 2012.

During its annual meeting in October, the International Sports Heritage Association named NAMOS as the winner of three 2011 ISHA Communication Awards. For each win, the museum received an inaugural “ISHY” — a blue trophy in the shape of a flame — in recognition of excellence in publications among ISHA-member sports museums, halls of fame or sports heritage organizations.

NAMOS, in the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at IUPUI, received winning trophies for the e-newsletter Score Board, which publishes news and conversations about art depicting sport; the museum’s Facebook page; and the 80-page catalog for the 2010 exhibit, “Excellence in Art and Sport.”

“These awards were earned by the work of many people,” said Elizabeth Varner, the museum’s executive director. “Board members, volunteers, IUPUI interns and staff have worked very hard to show the international and local community how much NAMOS has to offer and the value of art depicting sport — a genre that celebrates honor, endurance, skill and other important character traits in athletes and citizens generally, We are very thankful for its positive reception and for the assistance of all of the media outlets and organizations who have helped us disseminate this message to the community.”

The International Sports Heritage Association named 17 ISHY winners and five honorable mentions during the annual meeting, which was held at Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in Ontario. The competition had nine categories: books or exhibit catalogs, programs, newsletters, brochures, educational programming materials, video presentations, websites, electronic marketing and mixed media. Categories were divided into institutions with budgets greater than $250,000 and institutions with budgets less than $250,000.

ISHA President Michael Gibbons complimented NAMOS in a press release about the awards.
“We at ISHA are so delighted to award NAMOS with these three ISHY Awards. NAMOS has captured the essence of marketing a small museum in a large market and is fantastically deserving of these awards,” Gibbons said.

Recognition from the prestigious international association is an honor and highlights NAMOS’ success in achieving its mission to encourage sport artists and to collect, preserve and share the best examples of sport art it can acquire,Varner said.