25th Annual LoPresti Award Winners, 2008-09

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 25th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards Competition for publications produced in 2008.

The winners were announced by Sandra J. Still, Emory University, 2009 LoPresti Awards Chair, at the 35th Annual ARLIS/Southeast annual meeting in Savannah, GA on November 14, 2009. Nedda Ahmed, Georgia State University, Kim Collins, Emory University, and E. Lee Eltzroth, Independent Scholar, served on the LoPresti Awards Committee. The 2009 LoPresti Award Committee considered the four eligible categories: Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Serials, and Artists’ Books published in 2008 and chose to confer awards in the Books and Exhibition Catalogs divisions. Forty-nine impressive entries were received, which made the selection process challenging, but rewarding.

Best Book

legacyinbloomLegacy in Bloom: Celebrating a Century of Gardens at the Cummer. Text by Judith B. Tankard. Photographs by Mick Hales. Forward by Maarten van de Guchte. Jacksonville, Florida: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 2008.

Sited along the St. Johns River, the Cummer Gardens have maintained their original plan and planting schemes for over a hundred years. Renowned landscape architects such as Ossian Cole Simonds, Thomas Meehan, Ellen Biddle Shipman, William Lyman Phillips, and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. contributed to their design. Mrs. Ninah May Holden Cummer recognized the possibilities for turning her riverside property into an enclosed, private garden, whose plantings and design reflected her travels in the United States, the British Isles, and Italy. The book is beautifully produced and includes historic photographs in addition to the well-chosen contemporary color photographs by Mick Hales. Garden historian Judith Tankard’s informative text details the history of the Cummer Gardens. There are Notes for the text, as well as Selected Readings, and Image Credits.


Best Exhibition Catalogue

landscapeofslaveryLandscape of Slavery: the Plantation in American Art. Ed. Angela D. Mack and Stephen G. Hoffius. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, published in Cooperation with the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association, 2008.

The committee was impressed by the design of the catalog with its numerous images, bridging the years from the circa 1800 works of Thomas Coram to the work of contemporary artists such as Joyce Scott, Kara Walker, and Radcliffe Bailey, which appropriately complement the seven thematic essays. The plantation and depictions of its landscapes as evocations of southern wealth as well as of the delineations of slavery is increasingly seen as a fruitful area for interdisciplinary study and a blending of social history and art history. Each section includes Notes, and there is a General Bibliography, notes on Contributors, and an Index.


Exhibition Catalogue, Honorable Mention

birthofthecoolBarkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. Ed. Trevor Schoonmaker. Durham, NC: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2008.

The committee felt that this catalog fills an important gap in the scholarship about contemporary African American artists by presenting and analyzing the work of Barkley L. Hendricks. This catalog and the exhibition that it documents are the first survey of Hendricks’s landscapes and portraits from 1964 to 2007. In addition to the many color images throughout, the catalog includes notes to chapters, Selected Artist Chronology, About the Contributors, Exhibition Checklist, Selected Bibliography, and Reproduction Credits.