October 2016 | Rebecca Rego Barry

The 2016 Alice Award Winner

Kentucky by Design copy.jpgThe Furthermore organization announced this year's winner of the Alice Award, Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture, published for the Frazier History Museum by the University Press of Kentucky. The volume--and the current exhibition it is associated with--celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Federal Art Project's Index of American Design, a WPA program in which hundreds of artists documented nineteenth-century American material culture in watercolor renderings.   

The Alice Award is an annual $25,000 prize for illustrated books, particularly volumes that present scholarly research and vivid imagery in a way that celebrates the art of the book. Candidates are selected from a pool of previous Furthermore grant recipients. Shortlisted this year: African Art in the Barnes Foundation: The Triumph of L'Art nègre and the Harlem Renaissance (Barnes Foundation); Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now (Hammer Museum and Menil Collection); Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman (New-York Historical Society); and A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG, London).

To read more about Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and the Alice Award, revisit our profile of Furthermore's founder and president Joan K. Davidson or check out our post about last year's winner.
                                                                                                                                                            Image Courtesy of the University Press of Kentucky.