book prize

The Center offers a biennial book prize for an unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present. Preference is given to applicants whose research focuses on subjects related to the Phillips’s areas of collecting. Scholars who received their PhDs within the past five years are strongly encouraged to apply. The winning author receives $5,000, and his or her manuscript will be published by the Phillips and the University of Maryland.

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how to apply

The deadline to apply in 2017 has passed. The next application deadline is September 15, 2018.

To apply, submit a cover letter, a CV, an abstract of the proposed book (one page maximum), and a book proposal (eight to ten pages). The book proposal should include a project overview, chapter outlines, a plan for revisions and completion of the manuscript, and a description of the book's position in the literature of modern or contemporary art. Three current letters of recommendation are also required.

Submit all application materials electronically in one PDF document to Letters of recommendation may be submitted together with the application materials or sent separately by the recommenders to the same e-mail address.

Previous Award Recipients include:
Recipient Book Title
Lynda Klich The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Postrevolutionary Mexico (1921-1927)
Alicia Volk In Pursuit of Universalism: Yorozu Tetsugoro and Japanese Modern Art
Terri Weissman The Realisms of Berenice Abbott
André Dombrowski Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life
Lauren Kroiz Creative Composites, Modernism, Race, and the Stieglitz Circle
Robert Slifkin Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art
Charles F.B. Miller Radical Picasso: Surrealism and the Theory of the Avant-Garde
Joyce Tsai László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography