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Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award

About the Grant


CAA was awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award. The award will be made in the spring for print and digital publications. 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. Through this grant CAA will provide awards for first publication to help defray the high costs of image licensing and reproduction for monographs in art history and visual studies. Awardees will be 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 being 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 will 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 will be 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 will be made directly to authors to defray the costs of image acquisitions.

The deadline for spring submissions is March 15, 2015. Successful applicants are 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.

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