Our first awards ceremony took place in April, 2014 at Goethe Institut Los Angeles, with the support of Luckyscent / Scent Bar.

In 2015, we expanded on our two award categories by adding The Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent, created to highlight scent-related work being done in the context of other creative practices. This experimental award joined our artisan and independent awards to create a broad snapshot of the diversity, excellence and potential in the field. 2015 also marked the beginning of our partnership with Esxence Milan. As part of our collaboration with Esxence, we announce the finalists in a special yearly event at the conference.

We held the third annual Art and Olfaction Awards at Hammer Museum as part of their public programming in May 2016. The expanded event was hosted by Zackary Drucker, and was free, open to the public, and packed with over 200 attendees. The event was also supported by a three day scent fair, produced by Hammer Museum, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent / Scent Bar.

In 2017, we will host the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards in Europe - announcing the finalists at Esxence in Milan (March 2017), and holding the award ceremony itself in Berlin (May 2017).


The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to celebrate the work done by artisan perfumers, independent perfume houses, and creative practitioners working with scent in the context of arts or experimental practices.

Our goal is to be a fair and impartial mechanism for recognizing excellence. We aim to accomplish by implementing and improving upon existing awards structures. These include:

    •    Blind, multiple-phase judging
    •    Clear and public judging parameters
    •    Affordable submission fees
    •    Public announcement of the finalists and winners
    •    A panel of judges that reflects a diversity of fields, interests and backgrounds

The Art and Olfaction Awards is made possible by our ongoing partnerships.

The awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c) 3 non-profit arts organization based in Los Angeles, CA. devoted to access, education and experimentation in the field of scent.