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Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award

About the Grant


CAA was awarded a short-term grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2013  to fund the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award. The grant was 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 provided 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 were 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 was administered by the Society for Architectural Historians. Both the CAA and SAH awards provided leading authors with the financial resources to acquire images for scholarly publications.

The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award supported 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 were similar to those currently in place for CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant. The jury comprised distinguished mid-career or senior scholars who are members of CAA and whose specializations cover a broad range of art scholarship. The jury had discretion over the number of awardees and the size of the grant to be awarded to each. The grants were made directly to authors to defray the costs of image acquisitions.

For the list of winners, please consult the grant awardees.


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

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