The WILLIAM E. FISCHELIS AWARD recognizes a book pubished in 2012 that makes a significant contribution to the study of 19th century American art and artists. Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century America, by lead author Holly Pyne Conner contributes to our understanding of the portrayal of girls in America by letting us discover angels, tomboys, miniature mothers and carefree sprites, and girls who combined all these traits, through insightful essays and excellent illustrations.
The RUTH EMERY AWARD recognizes a book published in 2012 that makes a significant contribution to the study of regional history. Sanctified Landscapes: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley 1820-1909, by David Schuyler lets us experience the Valley through the work of seminal figures like painter Thomas Cole, author Washingtom Irving, architect A. J. Downing, and lesser-known but critical people like historian Benson John Lossing and artist Jervis McEntee, and learn that the Hudson River Valley is a place in the American imagination, as much myth as reality.
A SPECIAL CITATION for EXCELLENCE was awarded to Capricious Fancy: Curtaining and Draping the Historic Interior 1800-1930 by Gail Caskey Winkler to recognize the significant contribution to design history that his book makes by exploiting the Society's own Samuel J. Dornsife Collection. We learn - by reading AND poring over the sumptuous illustrations - that the Victorian accomplishments in window drapery are a lost art. We believe that this book will become instrumental in reviving interest in the documents Dornsife collected, and perhaps even in the draperies themselves.