Two publications developed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition India: A Celebration of Independence, and one designed for Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style, were award recipients in the Museum Publications Design Competition. Announcements were made on May 11, 1998, in Los Angeles, during the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums.
Taking first prize in the poster category was the Museum's design for the photography exhibition, India: A Celebration of Independence. The poster reproduces Women Praying at Dawn, Srinagar, 1948, an image by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Available in the Museum Store, the poster was designed by Diane Gottardi, Senior Graphic Designer with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
An opening announcement for the India exhibition received honorable mention in the invitations category. Incorporating Gandhi at a Prayer Meeting, Birla House, Bombay, a 1946 photograph by Sunil Janah, and Mary Ellen Mark's Ganges River, 1989, the invitation was also designed by Ms. Gottardi, with the assistance of Paula Cyhan. India: A Celebration of Independence was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in conjunction with Aperture Foundation, and was on view at the Museum from July 6 through August 31, 1997.
Honorable mention in the poster category was awarded to the striking design produced for Best Dressed: A Celebration of Style, an exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and on view from October 21, 1997, through January 4, 1998. Designed by James Scott, Associate Designer with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the poster highlights a dramatically cropped, kaleidoscopically colorful detail from Issey Miyake's 1994 Flying Saucer dress. The Best Dressed poster is available in the Museum Store.
The Department of Publications and Graphics of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was established in 1968. Headed by George Marcus, the department develops and publishes exhibition catalogues, scholarly and popular examinations of the Museum's permanent collections, and graphic materials related to many aspects of the Museum's activities.