The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites nominations for the 2013 Charles C. Eldredge Prize, an annual award for outstanding scholarship in the field of American art history. The Eldredge Prize seeks to recognize originality and thoroughness of research, excellence of writing, clarity of method, and significance for professional or public audiences. It is especially meant to honor those authors who deepen or focus debates in the field, or who broaden the discipline by reaching beyond traditional boundaries. A cash award of $3,000 is made to the author of a recent book-length publication that provides new insight into works of art, the artists who made them, or aspects of history and theory that enrich our understanding of America's artistic heritage. Single-author books devoted to any aspect of the visual arts of the United States and published in the three previous calendar years are eligible.
To nominate a book, send a letter or email explaining the work’s significance to the field of American art history and discussing the quality of the author’s scholarship and methodology. Self-nominations and nominations by publishers are not permitted. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2012.
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