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Art Journal Open has launched Bookshelf, a new series that asks a simple question: “What are you reading?” Each answer provides a glimpse into the contributor’s personal reading list, from academic publications and artist monographs to novels, memoirs, and travel guides. Two installments have appeared so far: Rebecca M. Brown, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and incoming editor-in-chief of Art Journal, shares both the physical books on her shelf and the digital books on her Kindle. The Bookshelf of the artist Lenore Chinn is a fascinating mix of theoretical texts, art books, and biographies. To submit your own Bookshelf to Art Journal Open, send a brief description of what you’re reading and why, a list of the titles (including author, publisher, and year of publication), and a photograph of your books to art.journal.website@collegeart.org.

Filed under: Art Journal, Books

TWO MONTHS LEFT TO APPLY!

American Art in Translation Book Prize

The Terra Foundation for American Art, in partnership with Yale University Press, is offering a new prize for an unpublished or previously published manuscript in a language other than English written by a non-US author. The manuscript should make a significant contribution to scholarship on the historical visual arts of what is now the geographic United States.

Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by August 3, 2015.

For more information about the prize, please visit the Yale University Press website: www.yalebooks.com/terratranslationprize.

Filed under: Books, Grants and Fellowships

This spring, CAA awarded grants to the publishers of ten books in art history and visual culture through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA gives these grants to support the publication of scholarly books in art history and related fields.

The ten Meiss grantees for spring 2015 are:

  • Marisa Anne Bass, Jan Gossart and the Invention of Netherlandish Antiquity, Princeton University Press
  • George Bent, Public Painting and Visual Culture in Early Republican Florence, Cambridge University Press
  • Sarah Gordon, Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Nudes, Yale University Press
  • Anne Helmreich, Art and Science: The Quest for Truth to Nature in British Photography and Painting, 1839–1914, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Jeehee Hong, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400, University of Hawai‘i Press
  • Dorothy Ko, The Social Life of Inkstones: Craftsmen and Scholars in Early Qing China, University of Washington Press
  • Catha Paquette, At the Crossroads: Patronage and Censorship of Diego Rivera in the 1930s, University of Texas Press
  • Eric Ramírez-Weaver, Saving Science: Capturing the Heavens in Carolingian Manuscripts, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Oscar E. Vázquez, The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Robert Williams, Raphael and the Modernity of Italian Renaissance Art, Cambridge University Press

Books eligible for Meiss grants must already be under contract with a publisher and on a subject in the visual arts or art history. Authors must be current CAA members. Please review the application guidelines for more information.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a second grant of $60,000 to the College Art Association (CAA) to administer 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 early-career scholars in art history and visual studies who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images in their publications. The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award will provide grants directly to emerging scholars to offset the costs of securing images for their first books. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the quality and financial need of their project, and awards will be made twice during the year (in the summer and fall). CAA anticipates awarding between ten and twelve Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Awards in 2015.

Scholars may submit applications for the summer round of the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award before the June 12, 2015 deadline. The fall deadline is September 15, 2015. CAA will administer the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award according to guidelines developed for the Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant, an award established in 1975 by a generous bequest from the late Professor Millard Meiss. The jury for the award, comprising distinguished, mid-career or senior scholars whose specializations cover a broad range of art scholarship, has discretion over the number of and size of the awards. For further information about the award and to apply, please visit www.collegeart.org/meissmellon.

CAA seeks to alleviate high reproductions rights costs related to publishing in the arts. With funding from a separate, generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a start-up grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, CAA recently published its Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. Part of a multi-year effort led by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, the Code presents a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts professionals.

For specific questions about applying to the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award, please contact Sarah Zabrodski, CAA editorial manager, at szabrodski@collegeart.org or 212-392-4424.

CAA is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. This award program provides financial support for the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art and is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States.

The eight Terra Foundation grantees for 2015 are:

  • Celeste-Marie Bernier, Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin, Temple University Press
  • René Brimo, The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting (L’Évolution du gout aux États-Unis, d’après l’histoire des collections), translated and edited by Kenneth Haltman, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • J. B. Jackson, Habiter l’ouest (A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time), Wildproject Editions
  • David Lubin, Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War, Oxford University Press
  • Frank Mehring, The Mexico Diary: Winold Reiss between Vogue Mexico and Harlem Renaissance, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier and Bilingual Press
  • Jennifer Mundy, Man Ray: Writings and Statements on Art, Getty Research Institute
  • The Seth Siegelaub Source Book, Walther König
  • Hélène Valance, Nuits américaines: l’art du nocturne aux États-Unis, 1890–1917, Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne

Two non-US authors of top-ranked books have also been awarded travel funds and complimentary registration for CAA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Washington DC, February 3–6, 2016, and a one-year membership in CAA.

The two author awardees for 2015 are:

  • Celeste-Marie Bernier
  • Hélène Valance

Please review the application guidelines for more information about this grant. Interested applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by September 21, 2015. Approved projects will be invited to submit applications by November 9, 2015.

CAA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award. The winners of both prizes, along with the recipients of ten other Awards for Distinction, will be announced in mid-December and presented during Convocation in New York, in conjunction with the 103rd Annual Conference.

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award honors an especially distinguished book in the history of art, published in any language between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014. The four finalists for 2015 are:

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship is presented to the author(s) of an especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014, under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection. The two finalists for 2015 are:

  • Kimberly A. Jones, et al., Degas/Cassatt (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art and DelMonico Books, 2014)
  • Susan Weber, ed., William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (New York: Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013)

The Barr jury did not shortlist any books for the second Barr Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, or Collections.

The presentation of the 2015 Awards for Distinction will take place on Wednesday evening, February 11, 5:30–7:00 PM, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about CAA’s Awards for Distinction, please contact Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs and archivist.

This fall, CAA awarded grants to the publishers of nine books in art history and visual culture through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA gives these grants to support the publication of scholarly books in art history and related fields.

The nine Meiss grantees for fall 2014 are:

Books eligible for Meiss grants must already be under contract with a publisher and on a subject in the visual arts or art history. Authors must be current CAA members. Please review the application guidelines for more information.

 

CAA is pleased to announce four 2014 recipients of the annual Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, established in 2005. Thanks to a generous grant from the Wyeth Foundation, these awards are given annually to publishers to support the publication of one or more book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico through 1970.

The four grantees for 2014 are:

Eligible for the grant are book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Authors must be current CAA members. Please review the application guidelines for more information.

CAA has announced the four recipients of the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award for fall 2014. Thanks to a grant of $60,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CAA is supporting the work of emerging authors who are publishing monographs on the history of art and related subjects.

The four Meiss/Mellon grantees for fall 2014 are:

  • 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

The purpose of the Meiss/Mellon subventions is to reduce the financial burden that authors carry when acquiring images for publication, including licensing and reproduction fees for both print and online publications.

A new collaboration with Designers & Books will bring special discounts for an array of books and journals on art, architecture, design, and photography to CAA members. This ongoing program, called the Online Book Fair, features new and backlisted books as well as rare and out-of-print titles released by important publishers in the visual arts.

Designer & Books, a website that advocates for books as important sources of creative inspiration, will update the Online Book Fair with new publishers, books, and book dealers every month. The following participants have signed up already and offer various special discounts for their products, new and used, to CAA members:

Payment and checkout occur on the website of each individual publisher, which gives you the chance to browse for additional books and sign up for email newsletters and social-media updates. To receive the special discounts noted above, use this CAA code when checking out: 14BJXAA.

Designers & Books hope you will find the Online Book Fair to be an enjoyable place to browse and discover books and to build your personal library. If publishers or books that you are interested do not appear on the site, you can send an email with your suggestions.

The Online Book Fair will be featured on the Membership Partners page of the CAA website with an updated list of participants and discounts.

 

Filed under: Books, Membership