The Terra Foundation for American Art, in partnership with Yale University Press, offers a prize for an unpublished manuscript or previously published manuscript in a language other than English written by a non-US author. The manuscript should make a significant contribution to scholarship on the historical visual arts of what is now the geographic United States.
In helping to overcome the language barrier that often divides scholars and deters international research and collaboration, the prize aims to advance and internationalize scholarship on American art and seeks to recognize original and thorough research, sound methodology, and significance in the field. The award is especially intended to encourage authors who take the field of American art history into new historical and interpretive terrain, or who establish connections among the work of scholars within and outside the United States, providing a model of international exchange important to sustaining relevance and academic rigor for the future of the field. Scholars who have received PhDs within the past five years are strongly encouraged to apply.
- The 2016 Terra Foundation-Yale University Press American Art in Translation Book Prize was awarded to French scholar Hélène Valance for her volume Nuits américaines: l’art du nocturne aux États-Unis, 1890–1917. The book’s English edition, Nocturne: Night in American Art, 1890–1917, is slated for release in summer 2018.
The winner receives a $5,000 cash prize; the Terra Foundation funds production of the book, which is published (in print and electronic form) in English by Yale University Press. In addition, Yale University Press invites the winner to present a lecture on the book, upon publication, at Yale University.
Letters of inquiry for the next book prize are due August 1, 2018. These awards are administered by Yale University Press. For more information about deadlines, eligibility, and application procedures, please visit the Yale University Press website: