Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century by Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., a National Gallery of Art Online Edition was awarded the 36th annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award at the Art Libraries Society of North America’s annual conference held in Fort Worth, TX, March 19-23, 2015. Established in 1980, the Wittenborn Award honors the memory of George Wittenborn, a premier New York art book dealer and publisher, and is given annually to North American publications demonstrating excellence in art publishing.
Head of Library and Museum Archives, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
I have always been passionate about fine arts. I attended an art history course at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) just after earning my graduate degree in library science while I was working in a business school library. At that time I completed some drawing and engraving workshops as well. I finally had the opportunity to work in an art library at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo in 2008, after years working in an academic library. At that time, I was looking for specialized information when I found the book Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (edited by Joan M. Benedetti) published by ARLIS/NA. I was pretty excited when I got my book from the post office! It became my companion in this new and beautiful journey. I was very impressed by the quality of articles and the similarity in dealing with the various situations that I encountered in my museum library. The online publications about cataloging were very helpful too.
Shortly after opening its doors in 1961, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art quickly oriented itself as an institution with a strong commitment to education and research, and the library was established as an integral part of carrying out those goals. Just as Amon G. Carter's (1879-1955) collection of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell’s art forms the basis of the museum’s art collection, his collection of books on the history and art of the western frontier provided the germination for the library’s collection. Over the years, this core collection grew in response to the art collecting, publication, and exhibition activities at the museum and expanded to focus more broadly on American art. Though the library collection provides deep integration and support related to the museum’s art collections, it offers much more expansive coverage. Today the library has close to 140,000 items, offering scholars not only near-comprehensive coverage of its core topics of American art, photography, and visual history of the West, but also strong support for American studies research topics. This aspect of the collection includes an array of material on American life that serves to contextualize and broaden understanding of the art produced in and related to the United States.
Join the 43rd Annual Conference planners for an informal and informative discussion about the upcoming conference in Fort Worth.