Book Awards

Competition for the 2019 Book Award

The Association for Latin American Art, an affiliate of the College Art Association, announces its Eighteenth Annual Book Award for the best scholarly book published on the art of Latin America from the Pre-Columbian era to the present. The award is generously funded by the Arvey Foundation and consists of a citation and a $1,000 honorarium. We will present the award at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in February 2019. The name of the recipient will appear in the newsletters of both ALAA and CAA.

For the February 2019 Award, we will evaluate books on Latin American Art from Pre-Columbian to the present that meet the following criteria:

  • Publication date between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.
  • Books may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Books may have one or more authors.
  • Multi-authored exhibition catalogues with a substantive text that advances art historical knowledge also can be considered.
  • Edited volumes/anthologies of individual articles that are consistent in terms of both theme and quality will also be considered.

The books will be evaluated by a three-person committee of accomplished art historians, each with expertise in a wide geographical and temporal range.

Publishers, authors, and others must contact Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Chair of the ALAA book award committee by October 1, 2018 to verify whether a prospective entry is eligible for the competition according to the above criteria. Please include the following information: Title, author(s) and a general description of subject. If the book appears eligible, she will provide mailing addresses for all three committee members. Copies of books are to be sent directly to each, and can be sent at any time over the summer but must be received no later than November 15, 2018.

Book Award Committee
Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Chair, 2016-2019
Michael Scheffler 2017-2020
Claudia Calirman, 2018-2021

2018 Book Award Winners

Congratulations to the winner of the ALAA 2018 Arvey Book Award: 

Harper Montgomery, The Mobility of Modernism: Art and Criticism in 1920s Latin America. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017)




Honorable mentions:


Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill,eds. Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. (Prestel, 2017)





Ilona Katzew, eds. Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici. (Prestel, 2017)




Book Award Recipients