Call for papers on art librarianship for Art Librarians of North America Society Award
The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. It was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), a distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to the Art Librarians Society of North America was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.
Any student in any accredited graduate library program is encouraged to submit a paper written for a course in the previous eighteen months (since June 2014).
The award includes:
- A $500.00 prize
- Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA+VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, March 2016. The money may be used to reimburse travel expenses (though not meals, tours, or some other incidental costs).
- Paid registration to the Seattle Joint Conference with the Visual Resources Association, March 8-12, 2016.
- The chance to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
- A one-year membership to ARLIS/NA.
- The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding eighteen months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline.
- The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
- One submission is allowed per person.
All applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.
Paper submissions must include:
- 10-25 pages, as typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
- An abstract of 250 words.
- The title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title.
- Bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
- Authors should inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.
Internet project submissions must include:
- A 250-word summary of the project.
- A stable URL.
- The name of the institution and course for which it was created.
- The name of the faculty member assigning the project.
- The project must be accessible to all of the committee members for review.
Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.
Application & Deadline
Entries must be postmarked by the end of the day, December 5, 2015. They will not be returned. All applicants should receive notification of the results by February 10, 2016.
Mail or transmit entries to:
Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover MD 20785-3068