ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award

2019 ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award Winner

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Susan Verdi Webster, Lettered Artists and the Languages of Empire: Painters and the Profession in Early Colonial Quito (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017).


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Amy Sara Carroll, Remex: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017).


Competition for the 2020 ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award

The Association of Latin American Art, an affiliate of the College Art Association, is pleased to sponsor the Annual ALAA-Arvey Foundation Book Award for an especially distinguished 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 Chicago in February 2020. The name of the recipient will appear in the newsletters of both ALAA and CAA.

For the February 2020 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, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
  • Books may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Books may have one or more authors

The books will be evaluated by a three-person committee of accomplished art historians, each with expertise in a wide geographical and temporal range (Michael Schreffler, Claudia Calirman, and Claudia Brittenham).

Publishers, authors, and others must contact Michael Schreffler by October 1, 2019, 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, the Chair 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, 2019.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Michael Schreffler at

Book Award Committee
Michael Scheffler, Chair, 2017-2020
Claudia Calirman, 2018-2021
Claudia Brittenham, 2019-2022



Book Award Recipients