29th Annual LoPresti Award Winners, 2012-2013

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 29th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards for excellence in art publishing for the copyright year 2012.

The winners were announced at the ARLIS/SE annual business meeting and conference at the New Orleans Museum of Art, November 2013.


art_interrupted_coverGeorgia Museum of Art. Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy. Athens, GA: Georgia Museum of Art, 2012.

The catalogue is beautifully designed and includes scholarly essays and biographical notes on each artist and art work alongside full color reproductions. An impressive record of both American art and record of one man’s curatorial vision of art as a political and ideological weapon, this book was the standout in the exhibition catalogue entries and favorite of our judges.


unique_slant_coverSartisky, Michael, J. Richard Gruber, John R. Kemp, and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana. New Orleans, Louisiana: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2012.

This ambitious publication, the cornerstone of a three-part project celebrating the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood in 2012, impressively commemorates and contextualizes Louisiana art and visual history. Three hundred full color reproductions from museums, private collections, and archives around the state compliment an impressive range of scholarship outlining historical periods, artistic production, and evolving styles, from nineteenth century Carnival design to a deeply rooted folk craft tradition.


thumbs_paternal_suit_coverHess, F. Scott., et al. The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms From the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation. Charleston, S.C.: Co-published by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2012.

The judging panel was transfixed by this record of an exhibition that seemed part history museum, part cabinet of curiosities, and part con, with a captivating approach to narrative within the museum context. Well presented in full color with dozens of illustrations of (both real and imaginary) historic records, objects, costumes, and stories, this catalogue was a unique submission and worthy of special commendation.

tennessee_log_buildings_coverRehder, John B. Tennessee Log Buildings: A Folk Tradition. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012.

Focusing on the history, design and construction of Tennessee log buildings, this volume pays homage to a fading tradition while meticulously documenting the history and remains of Tennessee’s treasured folk architecture. The late Rehder, a professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, presents a compelling overview of the history of vernacular architecture and settlement patterns in the state before launching into the evolution of its log structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, and other “exceptional log places.”

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