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Art In Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

ART IN LITERATURE: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award recognizes an outstanding book that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary quality as a creative or scholarly work on its own merit. This unique award is cosponsored by two prestigious Virginia cultural institutions, the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

The award is named for journalist Mary Lynn Kotz, author of the award-winning biography Rauschenberg, A Life.   A best-selling writer with four other nonfiction books, for years Mrs. Kotz has spoken publically and passionately to arts and literary organizations and general audiences about the need for clear, exciting writing about art. 

Works eligible for submission for the award must be published for the first time in English in the U.S. in the calendar year before the award is presented. New editions of previously published works are eligible for consideration if the new edition contains a substantial amount of new material.  The topic of the book submitted must be the visual arts, including but not limited to painting, carving, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, glass, and the artists or milieu of such works—but excluding such arts as dramatic and performance arts, music, literature, and interactive or computer art. Categories of acceptable work include: fiction, journalism, poetry, history, biography, art history, social history of art, catalogues of qualified museum exhibitions, and young adult books. 

The inaugural 2013 award recipient was The Innocence of Objects by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.  The 2014 award recipient was Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda for The Embrace:  Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Titles may be submitted for the award through the online entry form or submitted via surface mail with a printed nomination form.   

Please send printed nominations and two copies of the nominated book to:
The Library of Virginia Literary Awards
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000

Nominations will be accepted through April 30, 2015.