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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. For years, 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, catalogs of qualified museum exhibitions, and young adult books.

The 2015 Art in Literature Awards winner is Susan Vreeland, author of the best-selling novel Lisette’s List.  She will be honored at a special event on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  For tickets to An Evening with Susan Vreeland please see the VMFA Calendar of Events.  The Art in Literature winner will also be recognized at the Library of Virginia Literary Awards on October 17, 2015. A list of past finalists and winners can be viewed on the Literary Awards website.

Nominations for the 2016 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz award are being accepted through April 30, 2016.