2018 Fenimore Art Museum Publication Award Winner Announced

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2018 Fenimore Art Museum Publication Award Winner Announced

Contact: Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Fenimore Art Museum
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. On Thursday, July 19, Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York announced the winner of its annual publication award, given to a distinguished catalogue treating collections of art and decorative arts located or exhibited in New York State. The winner of the 2018 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts was the catalogue Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings, by Andrew C. Weislogel and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, co-produced by the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

About the winners:

Andrew C. Weislogel is the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. He holds a B.A. in Medieval Studies from Hamilton College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian and French Renaissance art from Cornell. He has served on the staff of the Johnson Museum since 1999. Dr. Weislogel has organized numerous exhibitions at the Johnson, both single venue and traveling, includingEarthbound Flight: Winged Creatures in the Art of Leonard Baskin (2003);Studied Elegance: Italian Master Drawings from the Askin Collection (2007);Etchings by Rembrandt from the Collection of S. William Pelletier (2004); Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya (2009); The New and Unknown World: Exploration and Trade in the Dutch Golden Age (2011); Mirror of the City: The Printed View in Italy and Beyond, 1450–1940 (2012); and Surrealism and Magic (2014). Most recently Weislogel co-curated Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings (2017).

Collection-related projects include a 2006-08 IMLS-funded initiative during which Weislogel supervised the digitization and enhanced cataloguing of over 1,500 pre-Columbian, African, Native American, and European works to prepare the installation of the Museum’s visible storage gallery; the amassed data appeared as an interactive touchscreen guide. Weislogel also spearheaded and oversaw the NEA-supported reinstallation of the Johnson’s permanent collection of European and American Art, completed in the fall of 2014, including new research and writing on collection objects, collaboration on the redesign of six galleries, object and frame conservation, and development of interpretive components. Since 2015, he has co-directed the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings (WIRE) project at Cornell, currently supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is developing an online watermark identification tool.

Weislogel has long taught a variety of collection-based sessions with faculty partners. In the spring of 2015, he co-taught Art History 4605/6605 Art|Science Intersections, a Mellon-funded interdisciplinary seminar on technical studies in art history. He has also served as a visiting adjunct professor in Syracuse University’s History of Art M.A. program.

Andaleeb Badiee Banta is Senior Curator and Department Head of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Previously, she was Curator of European and American Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College and an assistant curator of old master prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art. She has been involved in numerous exhibitions of works on paper, ranging from Florentine Renaissance drawings to contemporary drawings and prints. Most recently at Oberlin, she curated “Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings,” an exhibition co-organized with the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Its exhibition catalogue, which she co-authored with Andrew Weislogel, received the 2018 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction. She has published articles on drawings by Italian Renaissance and Baroque artists and is editor of The Enduring Legacy of Venetian Renaissance Art (Routledge, 2016).

Banta holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she wrote her dissertation on the Genoese painter Bernardo Strozzi (1581/82-1644). In addition to her curatorial work, she has taught graduate courses on early modern prints and drawings for the Graduate Center and City College in the CUNY system. She has held fellowships and grants from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fulbright Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, and she served as co-chair of the AAMC’s Career Support committee from 2013 to 2016.

About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.





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