ASECS Awards, 2016–17
Recent awards from ASECS (with a full list available here) . . .
The Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize
Jane Kamensky (Professor of History and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University), A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016).
Committee’s evaluation: Kamensky’s “brilliantly written study of an ambitious painter in colonial Boston and then England is a joy to read from beginning to end. Kamensky is a deft storyteller with a keen eye for irony and paradox, and she draws upon a transatlantic archive that includes printed, manuscript, and visual sources. She cross fertilizes between history and art history in dazzling ways, and readers are sure to learn a great deal about the craft, politics, and finances of painting in colonial America and on the Continent as well. In making visible the complexities of cultural identity in a time of vexed allegiances, the author brings texture and depth to our understanding of Copley’s world before, during, and after the American Revolution.”
The Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize is given to the author of the best book-length biography of a late seventeenth-century or eighteenth-century subject. The prize is named in honor of Annibel Jenkins, Professor of English (Emerita) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A founding member of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she was an outstanding teacher and scholar who has been for many years one of the most active and encouraging members of the academic community in America.
Robert R. Palmer Research Travel Fellowship
Margo Bernstein (Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University) “Carmontelle’s Profile Pictures and the Things that Made Them Modern.”