2020 Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Award Winners

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 36th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards for excellence in art publishing for the copyright year 2019.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is the largest international professional organization devoted to art librarianship. The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA established the LoPresti Publication Award Competition in 1985 to recognize and encourage excellence in art publications issued in the Southeastern United States. The publication awards are named for Mary Ellen LoPresti, who was the Design Librarian at the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library, North Carolina State University, until her death in 1985.

The winning publications are kept in the ARLIS/NA Southeast Chapter archives at Duke University.

This year’s judges were Patricia Gimenez (Savannah College of Art and Design), Ann Holderfield (University of South Carolina Beaufort), and Sauda Mitchell (Savannah College of Art and Design). They reviewed 13 submissions from 10 publishers.

If you are interested in applying for next year’s award, please see the Award Guidelines and Entry Form at http://southeast.arlisna.org/awards/lopresti-award/.

Winner – Scholarly Publication

Dusti Bongé, Art and Life, Biloxi, New Orleans, New York by J. Richard Gruber. University Press of Mississippi 2019.

Dusti Bongé, Art and Life, Biloxi, New Orleans, New York examines the life and art of Abstract Expressionist painter Dusti Bongé through her experiences in three American cities. The work is impressively researched, offering readers insight into Bongé’s artistic practices and inspiration, and contains an extensive bibliography. The overall design quality of the book is absolutely gorgeous. With full-page and full-color reproductions of her artwork, as well as photos of archival materials, this is a fine addition to any library.

 

Winner – Exhibition Catalog

Material Georgia 1733-1900: Two Decades of Scholarship edited by Dale L. Couch. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (co-published) 2019.

This heavily illustrated catalog of decorative arts in Georgia encompasses two decades of scholarship. With sections on Silver, Furniture, Textiles, Basketry, Potter, and Paintings, the history and material culture of all of Georgia’s people are covered. Highly recommend for research collections in the Southeast region.

Winner – Exhibition Catalog

Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi edited by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (co-published) 2019.

Published to accompany the exhibition at Spelman College, Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi is a beautiful, unique, and timely catalog. The design is an exceptional balance of text and image, with photos from the exhibition itself, and the artist’s work interacting with the essays. The work also contains an interview with the artist and a thoughtful forward by Mary Schmidt Campbell,  the Spelman College President. With ample captions and notes, as well as material relevant to current areas of African American scholarship, this catalog content would add value to any collection.