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Art Journal Award

Established in 2000, the Art Journal Award is presented to the author of the most distinguished contribution—article, interview, conversation, portfolio, review, or any other text or visual project—published in Art Journal during the previous calendar year (2016 for the 2017 award).

2016 Winner

Abigail Satinsky
“Movement Building for Beginners,” Art Journal, Fall 2015

Abigail Satinsky’s “Movement Building for Beginners,” published in the Fall 2015 issue as part of the Forum focused on Common Field, brings together urgent issues about the creation and mobilization of infrastructure for artistic projects in an essay that will surely stand as a reference point for future scholarship. With insight, intimacy, and depth of exposition, Satinsky traces shifts in artist-driven organizations as well as federal and foundation funding paradigms, underscoring the mutual investments between cultural producers and their communities. Focused with precision on the American national landscape, her article not only pursues long standing debates in politics, history, and education in relation to artists’ organizations and social change, it also has profound implications for imagining the future roles of decentralized artist-run spaces and understanding the processes of self-organizational models nationally and globally.

Jury: Joanna Grabski, Denison University, chair; Patricia Phillips, Rhode Island School of Design; and Judith Rodenbeck, University of California, Riverside.

Past Winners

The Art Journal Award was first presented in 2001 to Miwon Kwon for her article “The Wrong Place,” originally written to accompany an exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery. In addition to numerous art historians, the award has also been given to a curator (Nato Thompson, 2005) and an artist (Simon Leung, 2008).

Read a list of all winners of the Art Journal Award from 2001 to the present.

Award Nominations

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Please review the guidelines to familiarize yourself with the nomination process and to download, complete, and submit the requested materials. Deadline: July 31, 2016, for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award; August 31, 2016, for all others.

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