From the AICA's literature:
Each year the ...[AICA] invites its nearly 400 members to vote for the best exhibitions created during that season as a way to acknowledge the exceptional work contributed by artists, curators, and dealers in the field of the visual arts. These prestigious annual awards are the art-world’s equivalent to those given each year by the New York Film Critics Society, the Drama Desk and the Academy of Motion Pictures. Additionally, for the past six years, the New England chapter of AICA has initiated its own awards ceremony to honor local efforts, which are also announced at the National AICA/USA awards ceremony....AICA was founded in 1949 as a non-profit governmental affiliate of UNESCO. The Paris-based AICA comprises 4,000 members in 74 national sections around the world. AICA, whose members are distinguished critics, scholars, curators and art historians, aims to further protect the field of art criticism as a discipline and emphasize its contribution to society, and to act on behalf of the moral defense of works of art.