Jonas Beyer, Ph.D., in the Department of Art History at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, has been awarded the 2017 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize, now in its third year, given by the Association of Print Scholars (APS) to an article published by an early-career scholar that features compelling and innovative research on prints or printmaking. Beyer’s article, “Pictures in Flux: Degas’s monotypes and some notes on their relation to other media” appeared in the book Perspectives on Degas, edited by Kathryn Brown and published in 2016. This is the first year that an article focusing on modern printmaking has won the award. Link to the WorldCat entry for Perspectives on Degas can be found here.

Honorable Mention has been awarded to Shira Brisman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for her article, “Relay and Delay: Dürer’s Triumphal Chariots in the Era of the Post” published in the June 2016 issue of Art History.

Beyer’s article discusses the use of monotype by Degas. The three members of the jury were impressed with the study, characterizing the article as “very well-researched amidst a substantial body of previous critical literature,” and “brilliantly describing the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the artist’s employment of the [monotype] medium.” Additionally, the jurors praised the author for revealing “how technique contributes to an overall detachment from authorship, both aesthetic and psychological” as well as “how the monotype process is integral to the interpretation of a basic and thorny issue in Degas: his attitude toward women.” Beyer’s recently published book, Zwischen Zeichnung und Druck: Edgar Degas und die Wiederentdeckung der Monotypie im 19. Jahrhundert, translated into French, Entre dessin et estampe: Edgar Degas et la redécouverte du monotype au XIXe siècle, provides a more thorough account of the subject.

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APS would like to thank this year’s jurors for their diligence and generosity in reading this year’s submissions: Scott Gerson, Conservator of Works on Paper, Scott Gerson Conservation; Armin Kunz, Director, C.G. Boerner Gallery; and Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania.

The Schulman and Bullard Article Prize, which carries a $2,000 prize, is generously sponsored by Susan Schulman and Carolyn Bullard, both private print dealers. Beyer will also receive a print by artist Liz Zanis to commemorate his award. Following the mission of APS, articles can feature aspects of printmaking across any geographic region and all chronological periods. APS is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 prize up to the deadline of January 31, 2018. Please visit the APS website for more details about submitting an article for consideration: http://printscholars.org/awards/

APS is a nonprofit members’ group for enthusiasts of printmaking that brings together the diverse community of curators, collectors, academics, graduate students, artists, conservators, critics, independent scholars, and art dealers. APS’s goals are to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary study of printmaking and to facilitate dialogue among its members. Over 400 people from all over the world have become members since APS launched in 2014.

Please contact Angela Campbell, APS Grants Coordinator, at angela@printscholars.org with any questions regarding this announcement.