28th Annual LoPresti Award Winners, 2011-12

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 28th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards for excellence in art publishing for the copyright year 2011. The winners were announced at the ARLIS/SE annual mid-year business meeting at the University of Georgia, November 2012.

The 2012 LoPresti Award Committee consisted of Sandra Still (chair), Nedda Ahmed, Teresa Burk, Kim Collins, and Mary Murphy.

Essay Collection

extraordinaryBuszek, Maria Elena, Ed. Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

A substantive, unique, and timely anthology that highlights an understudied art movement. The diversity of voices and the new subject matter distinguished it from other entries to the LoPresti competition. It is superbly organized and indexed. The layout of the book makes the material easy for the reader to navigate and the included images are informative and relevant.

Outstanding Monograph

architectureparkerHenning, Randolph C. and Alfred Browning Parker. The Architecture of Alfred Brown Parker: Miami’s Maverick Modernist, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.

The first comprehensive collection of the work of this Florida-based architect detailing sixty-nine of his residential and commercial projects, both realized and unbuilt. Henning places Parker within the broader contexts of modern, Floridian, and organic architecture, extolling him as a pioneer of green, energy-conscious architecture and environmentally friendly design.


Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue

amazing-circus-poster-ringlingSpangenberg, Kirstin L. and Deborah W. Walk, Eds. The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company, Sarasota: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 2011.

This exhibition catalogue is recognized for excellence in depth and breadth of content, publication design and layout, and inclusion of high quality images. The 12 essays on subjects ranging from circus clown as social commentator to the artistic, technical and business developments of the Strobridge Lithographing Company give a wealth of historic details both textual and visual from which to consider the value of the circus poster and print culture.


Honorable Mention: Exhibition Catalogue

vietnameseStevenson, John A., and Donald A. Wood. Dragons and Lotus Blossoms: Vietnamese Ceramics from the Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham: Birmingham Museum of Art, 2011.

The layout, paper quality, and well-chosen photographic images enhance the scholarly articles and the informative text throughout. Information in the form of a Chronology, a map of the area, and three essays covering the history and development of this ceramic art, the state of the field, and decorative motifs, along with the sections devoted to various kinds of wares, and a bibliography make this catalog an essential title for the study of South Asian art.