Wittenborn Award Committee, ARLIS/NA
February 3, 2003
The 2002 Wittenborn Award
Committee members were: Angelica Lopez (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences Margaret Herrick Library), Dawn Henney (UCLA Arts Library), Susan
Flanagan (Research Library, The Getty Research Institute), and Nancy Norris
(UCLA Research Library), Chair. Deborah Barlow Smedstad (Los Angeles County
Museum of Art) was forced to withdraw. The budget for FY 2002 was approved in
the amount of $775.00.
The Call for Submissions was
mailed from Headquarters the first week in October to over 300 publishers.
Headquarters reported very few mailings were returned as undeliverable. This
year, the mailing included the call and the cover letter translated into
Spanish. Prior to this year they were only in English and in French. The
committee thanks Gladys Markoff-Sotomayor for providing the translations and
Pedro Figueredo for his work proofing and insuring the diacritics formatted
properly. These and the updated publishers list will be forwarded to the 2003
committee chair, Kraig Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum.
The Call was also posted on
ARLIS-L with a final reminder of the due date posted in early December. The list
generated some member nominations and a lovely message from Willem A. Donkert in
The Netherlands who recalled that November 20, 2002 was exactly forty years to
the day that he first began working with George Wittenborn at 1018 Madison
Avenue, what it meant to him, and how proud he is that George Wittenborn is
honored with a prize.
116 submissions were received
from publishers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The committee thanks Beverly
Karno for her help in verifying addresses and encouraging submissions. Nine
submissions were disqualified for reasons of publication date. The committee met
several times in January for final deliberations and selected one winner:
Stieglitz: the Key Set by Sarah Greenough
The Chair has contacted both
the author and the publisher. The committee will continue its work on publicity
including writing a press release for dissemination by Headquarters at the time
of the conference and preparing slides for the award ceremony. The list of
winners on the ARLIS-L web site will be updated. We understand that Headquarters
will arrange for a table to exhibit the award-winning book in the Exhibits area
at the Baltimore conference. The Chair is pursuing the idea of a one-page
interview with the winning author, to appear in Art Doc, as well as a possible book signing at the conference.
Submitted by Nancy Norris,
UCLA Research Library