Celebrate the 2017 winners of Historic New England's annual awards for excellence, the Book Prize and Prize for Collecting Works on Paper. Hear remarks from the winning authors and collectors and see examples of their work. All honored books are available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served.
The 2017 Book Prize winner is Art & Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830 by by Patricia E. Kane with contributions by Dennis Carr, Nancy Goyne Evans, Jennifer N. Johnson, and Gary R. Sullivan, a comprehensive survey of furniture made in the Ocean State in the colonial and early Federal periods. Kane is the Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts at Yale University Art Gallery. This year's Honor Books are A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts by Joseph M. Bagley and Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015 by Libby Bischof, Susan Danly, and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
The 2017 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper goes to Eddie Woodin, who has built a one-of-a-kind collection of original art and ephemera related to birds. He has been a generous lender to the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, in particular for the 2014 exhibition Painting Birds to Save Them: The Critical Role of Art in the Bird Conservation Movement.
Free and open to the public.
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