On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Montclair Township Council issued a proclamation congratulating the Montclair Art Museum on its Centennial Anniversary Celebration. Sean Spiller, Third Ward Councilor, read and presented the proclamation to Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum.
The Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Robert Smithson’s New Jersey, on view February 24–June 22, 2014, was named among the nominees for Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally by the United States Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). This is the first time MAM has been nominated for an AICA award.
MAM was named Best Museum in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly readers in 2014.
MAM was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2014.
MAM has been named among the top Museums in Morris and Essex by Morris/Essex Health & Life readers.
In the 2013 People's Choice Awards, sponsored by Discover Jersey Arts, MAM's Yard School of Art earned an Honorable Mention for "Most Write-In Votes."
For the past three years (2010, 2011, 2012), MAM has been named Best Museum in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly readers.
MAM received a 2012 ranking of four stars—the highest possible—from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator whose ratings are key to donor confidence in nonprofit organizations. Learn more
In the 2012 People's Choice Awards, sponsored by Discover Jersey Arts, MAM was voted among the top two favorite museums in New Jersey and the Yard School of Art won first place for Favorite Place to Take an Adult Arts Class and Favorite Place to Take a Kid's Arts Class. It was the first time the Yard School of Art had ever been nominated in those categories.
MAM won American Inhouse Design Awards for excellence in 2011 from Graphic Design USA for "Inspiring Greatness: The Story of the Julius Rosenwald Fund," a brochure that accompanied the exhibition A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund," and for the invitation to the Andy Warhol Factory Party gala.
MAM's exhibition Warhol and Cars: American Icons has been designated an American Masterpiece by the NJ State Council on the Arts for the 2010-11 season. American Masterpieces is an initiative designed by the National Endowment for the Arts to introduce Americans to the best of our nation's cultural and artistic legacy.
MAM has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the NJ State Council on the Arts for 13 years in succession (2011). The Arts Council also accorded MAM a Citation of Excellence.
MAM's exhibition A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund has been designated an American Masterpiece by the NJ State Council on the Arts for the 2009-10 season. American Masterpieces is an initiative designed by the National Endowment for the Arts to introduce Americans to the best of our nation's cultural and artistic legacy.
Cézanne and American Modernism, opened September 13, 2009, has received the most significant support of any project in the Museum’s history, with major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Leir Charitable Foundations, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
MAM's new website, launched in December 2008, won an Award of Excellence for visual design and aesthetics in the 2009 American Web Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a monthly news magazine for graphic designers.
For its contributions to art and culture, MAM received the 2008 Gari Melchers Memorial Award from the Artists’ Fellowship, a private, New York charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists and their families in emergencies and periods of need.
The Star-Ledger named MAM’s Drawing Friends: Hedda Sterne’s Portraititis a “must-do” for 2008.
MAM was selected as the NJ State recipient of 50 works of Minimal and Conceptual art, in the first ten of the 50-state donation program administered by the National Gallery of Art of gifts from its Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States (2008) initiative.
MAM was selected in 2008 as a Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Writers and Artists, becoming the sole affiliate sponsor for the alliance for the State of New Jersey. The alliance administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program that recognizes outstanding visual art and writing created by teenagers.
MAM is one of 70 leading cultural institutions nationwide, and only one of three in NJ, to be selected for Bank of America’s Museums on Us™ program, which provides cardholders free access to these institutions during the first weekend of every month.
MAM received a 2007 ranking of four stars—the highest possible—from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator whose ratings are key to donor confidence in nonprofit organizations.
The Star-Ledger ranked MAM’s Reflecting Culture: The Evolution of American Comic Book Superheroes among the 10 best art shows of 2007 in New Jersey and New York.
MAM curator Twig Johnson was the 2007 recipient of the John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding museum work by the NJ Association of Museums.
The widow of the artist Roy Lichtenstein and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation have made a promised gift on deposit of Lichtenstein’s Mythological Meeting (1979) to the Museum in honor of the Museum’s organization of Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters (November 14, 2005–January 8, 2006).
MAM's exhibition Anxious Objects: Willie Cole’s Favorite Brands (March 5, 2006–August 7, 2006) traveled to five other American museums and was seen by over 100,000 viewers.