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Nominations for the Awards for Distinction

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards for Distinction, which will be announced at the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles between February 21–24, 2018. All nominations must be sent with the proper nomination form including the nominee’s contact information.

Below is a short description of awards given by the College Art Association and details of the history, eligibility, and nomination process for each award.

Publications Awards are for authors of books or articles/criticism published between September 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017. Books published posthumously are not eligible. These include:

  • Charles Rufus Morey Book Award for non-catalogue books in the history of art
  • Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship in the history of art
  • Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions for museum scholarship in the history of art published by smaller institutions
  • Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism
  • Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for articles written by younger scholars in the Art Bulletin
  • Art Journal Award for articles or works published in the Art Journal

Nominations for the Morey, Barr, and Mather awards are for authors of books or articles/criticism published between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 and these nominations are due July 31, 2017. Nominations for the Arthur Kingsley Porter and Art Journal awards are for works published within the last year. These nominations are due September 1, 2017. To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the deadline.

Publishers may submit no more than three titles for any given award. Publishers may not submit the same title for the Morey and Barr awards (The Morey jury does not accept exhibition catalogues; the Barr award is specifically for museum/library/archive/gallery catalogues). Works published posthumously are not eligible. All materials should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

Distinguished Awards are given to professionals in a number of art fields who have been nominated by others to receive recognition for their work. These include:

  • Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
  • Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
  • Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work
  • Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art
  • Distinguished Feminist Award
  • CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation Award

All nominations are due September 1, 2017. To give the jury full opportunity to evaluate each submission fairly, submit materials well before the deadline.

Nominations for Awards for Distinction require letters of support from the nominator that include the nominator’s identity, relationship to the nominee, how the nominee’s work has affected them, and why the nominee should be recognized for this particular award. It is recommended that nominators contact colleagues, students, and other professional contacts to write their own letters of nomination as well, bearing in mind that only five letters will be considered by the award jury.

Nominations for Awards for Distinction also require a short CV (approximately two-pages) of the nominee. For Lifetime Achievement awards, a web link to a longer version of the CV can be included within the two-page CV. All materials should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

Award-Specific Information

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

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. 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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Six copies of the book (for CAA and each jury member). To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please submit your completed nomination form to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.
  • A publisher may submit no more than 3 titles for this award.

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Six copies of the book (for CAA and each jury member). To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please submit your completed nomination form to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.
  • A publisher may submit no more than 3 titles for this award.

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions

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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Budget showing that the institution has an annual operating budget of less than $10 million
  • Six copies of the book (for CAA and each jury member). To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please submit your completed nomination form to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

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 2018 award year is September 1, 2016–August 31, 2017. 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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Please submit your completed nomination form and copies of critical writings or single-author publications to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.

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 (2017 for the 2018 award) by a scholar 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.

Nomination Requirements:

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 (2017 for the 2018 award).

Nomination Requirements:

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

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.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee

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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee

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, 2016 and August 31, 2017. This award is presented to a living artist of national or international stature and must tie them to an exceptional recent exhibition.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • If an exhibition catalogue was produced, six copies (for CAA and each jury member). To receive the mailing addresses for the jury, please contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, when submitting your completed nomination form

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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • 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

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 their work throughout a long career and has had an impact, nationally and internationally, on the field.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • Copies of written work in digital or print form (or publication information if written work compiled in a single volume).

Distinguished Feminist Award

This award was established in 2007 to honor a person who, through their 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.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • Sample of work:
    • 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.

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 the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works was first presented in 2016.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Shortened CV of nominee (approximately two pages)
  • Nomination letter
  • Solicitation of 5 letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • Copies of written work in digital or print 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 to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.