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Nominations for the 2017 Awards for Distinction

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Please review the guidelines below 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.

General Guidelines

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems won the 2016 Artist Award for Distinguished Feminist Award

For award nominations requiring letters of support: In your nomination letter, state who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; how the nominee and/or their work or publication has affected your practice or studies and the pursuit of your career; and why you think this person (or, in a collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized. If you are the nominator, we urge you to contact up to five colleagues, students, peers, collaborators, and/or coworkers of the nominee to write letters. However, no more than five letters are considered. Letters of support are important for reference, but the award decisions are based on the jury’s assessment of multiple factors. Letters of support are not required for the Morey, Barr, Mather, Porter, or Art Journal Awards.

For award nominations requiring CVs: Please limit the CV you submit to 2 pages. Longer CVs will not be considered. CVs should highlight the nominees’ most recent or most relevant experiences. You may include a web link to a longer CV as a line within the 2-page CV for awards that assess lifetime achievement.

Publication and exhibition-related award nominations: These nominations should be for authors of books published or works exhibited or staged between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Books published posthumously are not eligible. Book award nominations do not require a CV.

All nominators: please provide current author/artist/teacher contact information on the nomination form.
 
See below for appropriate nomination forms and award-specific details.

Publication Awards

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice

Krista Thompson won the 2016 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award for Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (2015)

The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award was established in 1953. It is presented for an especially distinguished book in the history of art, published in the English language in the year, from September 1 through August 31.  Preference is given in the award of the prize to books, including catalogues raisonnés, by a single author, but major publications in the form of articles or group studies may be included. Publication of documents or inventories, unless specifically in the context of an exhibition, are also eligible.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the July 31 deadline.

Nomination guidelines:

  • A publisher may submit no more than three titles. In addition, CAA accepts nominations from its membership, jury members, reviews editors for The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, and field editors from caa.reviews
  • Publishers may not submit the same title for the Morey and Barr awards. The Morey jury does not accept exhibition catalogues
  • Eligible books must have been published between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016
  • Books published posthumously are not eligible
  • Complete and submit the Morey nomination form
  • CAA and each jury member must receive a copy of the nominated book. A total of six copies of the book must be sent. To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

 

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s

Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko won the 2016 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions award for Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s (2015)

The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship was established in 1980, in honor of the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art and a scholar of early-twentieth-century painting. This award is presented to the author or authors of an especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published in the English language under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection. Catalogues of public or private collections or significant portions thereof and exhibition catalogues are eligible. The 2017 award year covers catalogues published between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016.
In 2009, CAA established a second Barr award for the author(s) of catalogues produced by smaller museums, libraries, and collections with an annual operating budget of less than $10 million dollars. If nominating a catalogue for this award; please identify if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of more than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award”) or if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of less than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions”).
To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the July 31 deadline.

Nomination guidelines:

  • A publisher may submit no more than three titles. In addition, CAA accepts nominations from its membership, jury members, reviews editors for The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, and field editors from caa.reviews
  • Publishers may not submit the same title for the Morey and Barr awards. The Morey jury does not accept exhibition catalogues
  • Eligible books/catalogues must have been published between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016 and be must have been produced or published/co-published by a museum, library, gallery, or collection
  • Books/catalogues published posthumously are not eligible
  • Complete and submit the Barr nomination form, identifying if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of more than $10 million (check box for “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award”) or if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of less than $10 million (check box for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums…”)
  • CAA and each jury member must receive a copy of the nominated book/catalogue. A total of six copies of the book must be sent. To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

Frank Jewett Mather Award

The Frank Jewett Mather Award, first presented in 1963 for art journalism, is named in honor of the art critic, teacher, and scholar who was affiliated with Princeton University until his death in 1953. It is awarded for significant published art criticism that has appeared in publication in a one-year period; the 2017 award year is September 1, 2015–August 31, 2016. The Mather award may be given for work that originated before the indicated period provided that such work extends into the award period. CAA welcomes nominees who have produced significant critical work in the field of visual arts over the past year.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the July 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • A publisher may submit no more than three titles. In addition, CAA accepts nominations from its membership, jury members, reviews editors for The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, and field editors from caa.reviews
  • Eligible books, articles, and/or critical writings must have been published between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016
  • Titles published posthumously are not eligible
  • Complete and submit the Mather nomination form
  • Please submit copies of critical writings, which may be website links and printouts, photocopies or scanned pages of newspapers or magazines, and more. If the writing is contained in a single volume (such as a book), please provide the publication information. Send copies to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs when submitting your completed nomination form

Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize was established in 1957, in memory of a founding member of the CAA and one of the first American scholars of art history. This award seeks to encourage high scholarly standards among younger members of the profession. The prize is awarded for a distinguished article published in The Art Bulletin during the previous calendar year (2016 for the 2017 award) by a scholar of any nationality who is under the age of thirty-five or who has received the doctorate not more than ten years before acceptance of the article for publication.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • To determine eligibility, authors of articles in The Art Bulletin must complete the Porter nomination form
  • Send completed nomination form to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs

Art Journal Award

Established in 2000 and first presented in 2001, 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).

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit nominations well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Send article citation to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs (The Art Journal Award jury will also review all articles in the Winter issue via proofs pre-publication)

Awards for Distinction

Distinguished Teaching of Art Award

The Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, established in 1972, is presented to an artist of distinction who has developed a philosophy or technique of instruction based on his or her experience as an artist; has encouraged his or her students to develop their own individual abilities; and/or has made some contribution to the body of knowledge loosely called theory and understood as embracing technical, material, aesthetic and perceptual issues.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the nominee’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; how the nominee and/or their work or publication has affected your practice or studies and the pursuit of your career; and why you think this person (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Nominators should contact up to five colleagues, students, peers, collaborators, and/or coworkers of the nominee to write letters of support. These letters should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, before the August 31 deadline. Letters for this award are particularly important for the jury because of the personal contact involved in successful teaching. However, no more than five letters of support will considered by the jury (see “General Guidelines” above for more details)                                                                                                      

Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award

The Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, established in 1977, is awarded to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching for most of his or her career. Among the range of criteria that may be applied in evaluating candidates are: inspiration to a broad range of students in the pursuit of humanistic studies; rigorous intellectual standards and outstanding success in both scholarly and class presentation; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and methodology in the discipline including integration of art historical knowledge with other disciplines; and aid to students in the development of their careers.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the nominee’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; how the nominee and/or their work or publication has affected your practice or studies and the pursuit of your career; and why you think this person (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Nominators should contact up to five colleagues, students, peers, collaborators, and/or coworkers of the nominee to write letters of support. These letters should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, before the August 31 deadline. Letters for this award are particularly important for the jury because of the personal contact involved in successful teaching. However, no more than five letters of support will considered by the jury (see “General Guidelines” above for more details)                                                                                                

Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work

The Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work, first presented in 1988, is a peer award given to an artist for exceptional work through exhibitions, presentations, or performances mounted between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. This award is presented to a living artist of national or international stature and must tie him or her to an exceptional recent exhibition.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the artist’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; and why you think this artist (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Send links to the exhibition website, artist or curator websites, and digital copies of exhibition reviews along with the nomination form*
  • If an exhibition catalogue was produced, CAA and each jury member must receive a copy of the catalogue. A total of six copies of the book must be sent. To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

* Nomination for this exhibition award should be for works exhibited or staged between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016.

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, first presented in 1988, celebrates the career of an artist who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to his or her work throughout a long career and has had an important impact nationally and internationally on the visual arts field.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the artist’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; and why you think this artist (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Send links to any exhibition websites, the artist’s website, digital copies of exhibition reviews and catalogues, and critical writings on or by the artist along with the nomination form to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art Award

The Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art, established in 2003, celebrates the career of an author of note and includes art criticism, art history, art biography, and/or art theory. The award is presented to an author who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to his or her work throughout a long career and has had an impact, nationally and internationally, on the field.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the author’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; and why you think this author (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Please submit copies of sample writings, which may be website links and printouts, photocopies or scanned pages of newspapers or magazines, and more.* If the writing is contained in a single volume (such as a book), please provide the publication information. Send copies to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

*Items submitted for review must be in the English language.

Distinguished Feminist Award

In 2007, the CAA Board of Directors voted to establish this twelfth Award for Distinction. The award honors a person who, through his or her art, scholarship, or advocacy, has advanced the cause of equality for women in the arts. This award replaced the Annual Recognition Awards given by CAA’ Committee on Women in the Arts (CWA) from 1996 to 2008 and was first awarded in 2009.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the artist, author, or curator’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; and why you think this author (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Letters of support may be accepted, but are not required. No more than 5 letters will be considered
  • If nominee is an artist, please send links to any exhibition websites, the artist’s website, digital copies of exhibition reviews and catalogues, and critical writings on or by the artist along with the nomination form
  • If nominee is author or curator, please submit copies of sample writings, which may be website links and printouts, photocopies or scanned pages of newspapers or magazines, and more. If the writing is contained in a single volume (such as a book), please provide the publication information. Send copies to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

CONSERVATION AWARD

CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation Award

The CAA/AIC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation was initiated in 1990 (as the “CAA/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation”) for an outstanding contribution by one or more persons who, individually or jointly, have enhanced understanding of art through the application of knowledge and experience in conservation, art history and art. The joint award with AIC was first presented in 2016.

To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit all nomination materials well before the August 31 deadline.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submit completed 2017 nomination form
  • Submit one copy of the nominee’s CV (limit: two pages; see “General Guidelines” above)
  • Submit a nomination letter stating who you are; how you know (of) the nominee; and why you think this author (or, in collaboration, these people) deserves to be recognized
  • Letters of support may be accepted, but no more than 5 letters will be considered
  • Please submit copies of sample work, which may be website links and printouts, photocopies or scanned pages of newspapers or magazines, and more. Send copies to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

Questions?:

For more information on awards juries, please write to Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs.

For more information on the nomination process and/or to submit nominations, please write Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

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