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Georgia Museum of Art wins three national book awards

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received three national awards for its publications, two Eric Hoffer Book Awards (one first place, one honorable mention) and an honorable mention for the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award, both in the art category.

The museum’s exhibition catalogue for “Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950” earned first place in the art category from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. The book accompanied the exhibition of the same name, on view at the museum September 17 – December 11, 2016. Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art, chose 40 works of art created between the completion of the bridge (1883) and the mid-20th century to show how artistic representations of it changed over time, even as it symbolized modernity for different generations. The catalogue includes two essays by Gillespie as well contributions by Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; gallerist Meredith Ward; and Kimberly Orcutt, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a platform to champion freethinking writers and independent books of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.

The museum’s exhibition catalogue “Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana” received an honorable mention from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards in the art category. “Paper in Profile” also received an honorable mention from the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) for its George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. ARLIS/NA does not always list a runner-up for the award, and this is the first time the museum has applied for it. Previous winners in the category include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press and the National Gallery of Art.

“Paper in Profile,” which accompanied the exhibition of the same name in the summer of 2016, features a wide range of works by 60 different artists who have collaborated with the Mixografia workshop. This workshop helped artists to realize their visions through processes and styles unique to each artist. Edited by Lynn Boland, the museum’s Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, the book offers an engaging survey of international contemporary art and some of its modernist precedents framed within the compelling history of this important printmaking and multiples workshop.

The George Wittenborn Award, established by ARLIS/NA in 1980, is presented annually to publications demonstrating excellence in art publishing and originating from a North American publisher. It honors the memory of George Wittenborn (1905–1974), a premier New York art book dealer and publisher. Founded in 1972, the Art Libraries Society of North America is a dynamic, international organization of more than 1,000 individuals devoted to fostering excellence in art and design librarianship and image management in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, students and others interested in visual arts information. To serve this diverse constituency, the Society provides a wide range of programs and services within an organizational structure that encourages participation at all levels.

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Writer: Jinsui Li, jinsuili@uga.edu
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078, mlachow@uga.edu

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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