Some of the awards the museum and staff received in 2011 and 2012 include:


The American Indian art gallery reinstallation inspired Experience Design to create an interactive gallery experience for Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s artwork Trade Canoe for Don Quixote. They received an honorable mention MUSE award from the American Association of Museums for their design of the interactive, in-gallery kiosk that offers alternative, visitor-friendly information.

Business Marketing Association

King Tut inspired Harmonic Media to apply for and win a Gold Key Award from the Business Marketing Association for their design of the largest Broncos jersey ever fabricated, worn by the 26-foot tall Anubis in fall 2010 outside Invesco Field.

Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40

Kristy Bassuener, in Communications, received the 40 Under 40 Award from the Denver Business Journal this year. This award celebrates young, dynamic business leaders whose efforts in the office and in the community are shaping the future of the Denver area.

Downtown Denver Partnership

The Downtown Denver Partnership's Annual Downtown Denver Awards celebrate businesses, organizations, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse Downtown environment—and have made a positive impact on Downtown Denver. The museum won an award for its work with King Tut in 2011.

ICON Gala Awards

The ICON award honors the best and brightest professionals in the special events industry. Design Works by dave and mike won an ICON for Best Decorating Design for their design of the Pharaoh’s Table space in the Congdon Board Room.

Lena Archuleta Community Service Award

Our Spanish language guide Rita Wallace received the 2011 Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award from the Denver Public Library for her active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment.

Public Relations Society of America

The museum won the Public Relations Society of America Grand Gold Pick award, beating out numerous agencies, corporations and other non-profits, to bring home the top prize at Colorado’s Gold Pick awards this year for its King Tut marketing and communications entry. The museum also brought home a Silver Pick award for its social media campaign.

Visit Denver

Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending, while supporting 65,000 jobs. Visit Denver honors key players and businesses each year that help make Denver an amazing tourist destination. The 2011 Tourism Star Award recipients were the participating organization in the 2010 Blockbuster Summer, which included King Tut at the Denver Art Museum.

2011 Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Denver Art Museum’s American Indian Art gallery – Artist’s Eye, Artist’s Hand – won the 2011 Mayor’s Award for excellence in the arts.

303 Magazine Award

Denver Art Museum won a 2012 303 Magazine award for Bringing High Fashion to Denver.