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Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award

About the Grant


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a second grant of $60,000 to CAA to fund the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award for one year. The award was first given to CAA in 2013 as a temporary measure to provide financial relief to scholars in art history and visual studies who are responsible for funding the image programs in their publications. Through this grant CAA provides awards to emerging scholars for their first publication to help defray the high costs of image licensing and reproduction for monographs in art history and visual studies. Awardees are selected on the basis of the quality and demonstrated financial need of their project.

A similar award (SAH-Mellon Author Awards) for scholars publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment is administered by the Society for Architectural Historians. For more information, please contact Beth Eifrig, SAH assistant director of programs, at beifrig@sah.org or 312-573-1365. Both the CAA and SAH awards provide leading authors with the financial resources to acquire images for scholarly publications.

The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award supports publication of scholarly monographs, which continue to be the most highly valued demonstration of scholarly competence. Unfortunately, many authors today must provide both a fully realized text and the financial resources for its image program. The cost for image rights and licensing, especially for digital publications, can be prohibitively high.

In order to capitalize on CAA’s expertise in the funding of art publications, the guidelines, jury processes, and award procedures for the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award are similar to those currently in place for CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant. The jury comprises distinguished mid-career or senior scholars who are members of CAA and whose specializations cover a broad range of art scholarship. The jury has discretion over the number of awardees and the size of the grant to be awarded to each. The grants are made directly to authors to defray the costs of image acquisitions.

The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Awards will be made twice during the year in the summer and fall. The summer deadline for submissions is June 12, 2015. The fall deadline is September 15, 2015. Successful applicants must be under contract with a publisher for a manuscript on art history or visual studies. For further information, please review the Application Guidelines  and the Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist.


Questions? Please contact Sarah Zabrodski, CAA editorial manager, at 212-392-4424.

Past Awardees

Below is a list of all past recipients of the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award. The grant is a temporary measure to provide financial relief to scholars in art history and visual studies who are responsible for funding the image programs in their publications.

Fall 2015

Anastasia Aukeman, Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association, University of California Press

Mari Dumett, Corporate Imaginations: Fluxus Strategies for Living, University of California Press

Namiko Kunimoto, Anxious Bodies: Gender and Nation in Postwar Art, University of Minnesota Press

Miya Lippit, Aesthetic Life: The Artistic Discouse of Beauty in Modern Japan, Harvard University Press

Allison Morehead, Nature’s Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form, Pennsylvania State University Press

Summer 2015

Elise Archias, The Concrete Body—Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci, Yale University Press

Molly Brunson, Russian Realisms: Literature and Painting, 1840–1890, Northern Illinois University Press

Jeehee Hong, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400, University of Hawai‘i Press

Susan Rosenberg, Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art (1962–1987), Wesleyan University Press

Christina Bryan Rosenberger, Drawing the Line: The Early Works of Agnes Martin, University of California Press

Fall 2014

Amy R. Bloch, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: Humanism, History, and Artistic Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance, Cambridge University Press

Susan Cahan, The Politics of Race in American Museums, 1966–1972, Duke University Press

Maggie Popkin, The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory, and Identity, Cambridge University Press

Akiko Walley, Constructing the “Dharma King”: Hōryūji Śākyamuni Triad and the Birth of the “Prince Shōtoku Cult,” Brill

Spring 2014

Sonal Khullar, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990, University of California Press

Pepper Stetler, Stop Reading! Look! Modern Vision and the Weimar Photographic Book, University of Michigan Press

Fall 2013

Sarah Hamill, David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture, University of California Press

Ara H. Merjian, Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013)

Spring 2013

Claudia Brittenham, The Cacaxtla Paintings: How Art Shaped the Identity of an Ancient Central Mexican City, University of Texas Press

Chelsea Foxwell, In Search of Images: Kano Hogai and the Making of Modern Japanese-Style Painting, University of Chicago Press

Jesse Locker, Artemisia Gentileschi: The Language of Painting, Yale University Press

Megan R. Luke, Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Karl Whittington, Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination (Toronto: Press of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013)

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