The IFPDA Book Award

With the annual IFPDA Book Award, the organization seeks to encourage research, scholarship and the discussion of new ideas in the field of fine prints by awarding the author of one outstanding publication a prize of $2,000. To nominate a publication for the 2016 Book Award, please submit (2) examples of the work accompanied by an IFPDA Book Award Submission Sheet.

2016 Book Award

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

Known widely as a Catholic nun with an avant-garde flair, Corita Kent (1918–1986) has a personal legacy that has tended to overshadow her extensive career as an artist. Although Kent has been largely excluded from the academic and critical discourses surrounding 1960s American art, this publication reevaluates her importance and highlights how her work questioned and expanded the boundaries of the pop art movement. Four essays and nearly 90 catalogue entries pull together a variety of topics—art history, religion, politics, linguistics, race, gender, mass media, and advertising—that influenced Kent’s life and work during the 1960s. Eminent pop scholars delve into the relationship between her art and that of her contemporaries, and explore how her art both responded to and advanced the changes in modern-day Catholicism stemming from Vatican II.

Previous Book Awards


Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau

This beautifully illustrated book is the first in English to celebrate the Dutch contribution to Art Nouveau through a tour of over one hundred posters, decorative calendars, and illustrated books, as well as prints and drawings. With text by Clifford S. Ackley, one of the leading specialists on Dutch prints and drawings, Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau provides a fascinating and visually rewarding introduction to a rich and creative artistic era.

Adam von Bartsch by Rudolf Reiger. Published by Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersburg, 2014.


The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish: Rembrandt

This seven volume catalogue raisonne of Rembrandt's print output comes with enhanced descriptions of state differences, for the first time distinguishing between contemporary and posthumous states, describing about 200 completely new states. All states are illustrated in full, with enlarged details of minor state changes.

Kunisada's Tōkaidō: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks. Published by Hotei Publishing, 2014.
Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth Century France by Perrin Stein. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, distributed by Yale University Press.
Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints by Carolyn M. Putney, Kendall H. Brown, Koyama Shuko, Paul Binnie. Published by the Toledo Museum of Art.


Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

This survey of Latino and Chicano printmakers chronicles the late 1960s at the outset of the Chicano Movement to the confident expressions of the 2000s. The book is presented thematically, covering topics such as self identity, Chicano struggles, icons, and the evolution of their culture. Essays focus on the development of three collaborative print shops: Self Help Graphics & Art, Modern Multiples, and Coronado Studio. The catalogue celebrates the generous gifts of the Romo family to the McNay Art Museum.

Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940 by Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Published by The Trout Gallery and University of Washington Press.

Vasari and the Renaissance Print by Dr. Sharon Gregory, Associate Professor in Art History at St. Francis Xavier Unviersity. Published by Ashgate Publishing Company.

Engraved at Lahainaluna by David W. Forbes, internationally recognized historian. Published by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society.

Conversations from the Print Studio: A Master Printer in Collaboration with Ten Artists by Dr. Elisabeth Hodermarsky, Sutphin Family Senior Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at Yale University Art Gallery and Craig Zammiello, Master Printer at Two Palms. Published by Yale University Press.


Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

This catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition of the same name curated by Dackerman and organized in collaboration with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. The exhibition examined how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific investigations of the 16th century. The catalogue itself is an unusual collaboration among distinguished art historians and historians of science. In addition to Dackerman, who also edited the book, essays were contributed by Lorraine Daston, Katharine Park, Suzanne Karr Schmidt, and Claudia Swan.

Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at Home and Abroad 1941-1945 By Peter Kort Zegers, Rothman Family Research Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings and Douglas W. Druick, Eloise W. Martin Director, Art Institute of Chicago Published by Yale University Press

Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life By Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Department of Prints and Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago. Published by the Art Institute of Chicago. Published by By Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Department of Prints and Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago. Published by the Art Institute of Chicago


Edvard Munch: Master Prints

In this lavishly illustrated publication, the National Gallery of Art brings together nearly 60 of Munch's most important prints to show how his persistent experimentation and virtuosic handling of woodcut, lithography, and intaglio endowed different impressions of his primary motifs with new meanings. Exploring these transformations in several series of Munch's prints, selected not only from its own superb holdings but also from two exceptional private collections, the authors offer a richer and more nuanced appreciation for this great Norwegian master.

Michelangelo in Print: Reproductions as Response in the Sixteenth Century By Bernadine Barnes, Professor of Art History, Wake Forest University Published by Ashgate Publishing

The Viewer and the Printed Image in Late Medieval Europe By David S. Areford, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts. Published by Ashgate Publishing

The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight By Malcolm Jones, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield. Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press

The Graphic Unconscious Concept by José Roca; with essays by: José Roca, Sheryl Conkelton, Shelley R. Langdale, John Caperton, Lorie Mertes, Julien Robson, Caitlin Perkins, Luís Camnitzer. Published by Philagrafika


The Woodcut in Fifteenth-Century Europe

This comprehensive volume of essays is based on the National Gallery of Art's 2005-06 exhibition Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public and the accompanying series of symposia in Washington DC. Essayists include: Teresa K. Nevins, Paul Needham, Nigel F. Palmer, David S. Areford, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Christine Magin, Falk Eisermann, Richard S. Field, Peter Schmidt, Ursula Weekes, Shelley Fletcher, Lisha Glinsman, Doris Oltrogge, Alexandra Scheld, and Roland Damm.

Honorable Mention: Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes by Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick. The jury cited this book for its well-organized presentation of technical information, artist practice, and how both relate to contemporary art-making. The book's concepts are illustrated with examples of contemporary prints across a wide range of aesthetic approaches including conceptual and abstract as well as representational and narrative works.


Print Publishing in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Growth and Expansion, Rivalry and Murder

With this book, Dr. Witcombe presents a comprehensive analysis of print publishing’s development during a period when prints became a burgeoning market, identifying who was publishing what prints and when, and tracing the lives, activities, relationships, and rivalries of various major and minor publishers, printers, engravers, and artists. Over 680 prints are referenced, of which 320 are illustrated.


Parmigianino und Sein Kreis, Druckgraphik aus der Sammlung Baselitz 
(Parmigianino and His Circle: Prints from the Baselitz Collection)

Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag and the Staatlischen Graphischen Sammlung München


Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920 to 1950

Published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum in association with Yale University Press


Drawn from Nature: The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly

Published by Yale University Press and Grand Rapids Art Museum


Ornament Prints in the Rijksmuseum II; The Seventeenth Century Part One, Two and Three

Published by the Rijksmuseum and Sound & Vision Publishers, Rotterdam


Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York