Wittenborn Award Committee, ARLIS NA
by Sheila Klos, Chair
members were: Kimball Clark, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library; Marjorie Chenoweth,
Maryland Institute College of Art; Gregory Most, National Gallery of Art; Joan
Stahl, Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Lynne Woodruff, University of
Maryland; and Karen McKenzie as Board Liaison.
call for submissions was sent by US Mail on October 8, 2001 to 331 publishers.
It was also sent out via ARLIS-L, prompting a few nominations from
listserv readers. Seven mailings
were returned as undeliverable; the mailing list was then updated.
submissions were received from publishers in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada –
several through the kind intervention of Beverly Karno who recognizes the
difficulty of getting some publications from Mexican presses.
The committee thanks her for her help.
Seven publications were disqualified for reasons of publication date,
place of publication, or scope (several were not art books at all).
keeping with the Society’s desire to increase the exclusivity and profile of
the Wittenborn award, this year only one winner and two honorable mentions were
selected. They are:
Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue
of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, by Seymour Slive, published by Yale
mention: Ancient Sichuan: Treasures from a Lost Civilization,
edited by Robert Bagley, published by the Seattle Art Museum in association with
Princeton University Press.
mention: Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South, by Douglas W. Druick
and Peter Kort Zegers, in collaboration with Britt Salvesen, published by Thames
& Hudson, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Van Gogh Museum.
Copy has been submitted to Headquarters for the newly designed certificates that will be presented at the Convocation, and a table will be arranged for the award-winning books in the exhibits area for the St. Louis conference. The list of winners on the ARLIS-L web site will be updated. A press release is in preparation now for dissemination by Headquarters at the time of the conference. The idea of a one-page interview with the winning author, to appear in Art Doc, is being pursued. A book signing at the conference was eliminated when we learned Professor Slive would not be able to attend.
budget for FY 2002 was approved in the amount of $775.00. The
2002 committee chair will be Nancy Norris, UCLA.