Melva J. Dwyer Award

About

The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture.

The award is adjudicated by a jury of three Canadian art information professionals and administered by the Canadian Liaison to the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

2023 Call for Nominations

The 2023 award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 51st annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, in April 2023.

Criteria

  • The title must relate to Canadian art and/or architecture, be produced by Canadian authors and be disseminated by Canadian sources.
  • The format of the reference or research tool can vary: print, electronic, multimedia or other vehicles will be considered.
  • The date of publication or release should be within the last two years of the date of nomination.
  • Monographs, exhibition catalogues, and periodical articles will be considered if the scope and quality of the bibliographic information or the arrangement of the main text merits recognition as a major reference or research tool.

Nomination Procedures

  • Nominations must be received by December 23 2022. Each nomination should include full bibliographic information and a written justification assessing the importance of the work to the discipline.
  • Please send nominations by email to Pierre B. Landry, ARLIS/NA Canadian Liaison.
  • Please do not send review copies until contacted.

Le prix Melva J. Dwyer

Melva Dwyer était autrefois chef de la Bibliothèque des beaux-arts de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Le Prix qui porte son nom a été créé en reconnaissance de sa contribution au domaine des bibliothèques d’art. Il récompense les créateurs d’instruments exceptionnels de consultation et de recherche dans le monde de l’architecture et des arts canadiens.

Le Prix est décerné par un jury composé de trois professionnels canadiens de l’information artistique et administré par l’agent de liaison pour le Canada de l’Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

Appel de candidatures 2023

Le Prix sera remis lors de la cérémonie prévue à cet effet lors du 51e Congrès annuel d’ARLIS/NA à Mexico (Mexique), en avril 2023.

Critères de sélection

  • L’ouvrage proposé doit traiter de l’architecture et/ou des arts au Canada; il doit être produit par un auteur canadien et distribué par une maison canadienne.
  • Le support du document peut revêtir différentes formes : imprimé, électronique, multimédia ou autre.
  • La publication ou le lancement du document doit avoir lieu au cours des deux années précédant la date de mise en nomination.
  • Sont acceptés par le jury les monographies, les catalogues d’exposition et les articles de périodiques si la portée et la teneur des renseignements bibliographiques fournis ou l’organisation du corps du texte sont telles que ces documents constituent des instruments majeurs de consultation et de recherche.

Procédures de mise en candidature

  • Les candidatures doivent être déposées au plus tard le 23 décembre 2022.
  • On fournira la notice bibliographique pertinente ainsi que les motifs invoqués à l’appui de la nomination.
  • Prière d’envoyer le tout par courriel à Pierre B. Landry, agent de liaison pour le Canada, ARLIS/NA.
Melva Dwyer
Banham, Jim. 1984. “Melva Dwyer, Head of UBC Library’s Fine Arts Division.” UBC Archives Photograph Collection. June 30.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0146705

Previous Recipients and Nominee Lists

2022: The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate
Presented at the 50th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Chicago in April 2022.

2021: Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence by Nancy Campbell
Presented during convocation ceremonies at the 49th annual ARLIS/NA Conference, held online in May 2021.

2020: Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums by Kirsty Robertson
Presented at the 48th annual ARLIS/NA Conference, held online in April 2020.

2019: The Writing on the Wall: The work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert, ed. Lindsey Sharman
Presented at the 47th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in March 2019.

2018Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, ed. Heather Davis
Presented at the 46th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in New York City in February 2018.

2017: Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena, by Howard Shubert
Presented at the 45th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 2017.

2016: 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group by Jacques des Rochers and Brian Foss
Presented at the 44th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Seattle, Washington in March 2016.

2015: Landscape Architecture in Canada by Ron Williams
Presented at the 43rd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas in March 2015.

2014: Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, eds. Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, and Ki-ke-in
Presented at the 42nd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Washington, DC in May 2014.

2013IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011, ed. David Moos
Presented at the 41st annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Pasadena, California in April 2013.

2012: The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas by Francois-Marc Gagnon, Nancy Senior, and Réal Ouellet
Presented at the 40th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Toronto, Ontario in March 2012.

2011: Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, ed. Gerald McMaster
Presented at the 39th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 2011.

2010: Andor Weininger: A Bauhausler in Canada by Oliver Botar
Presented at the 38th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2010.

2009:

2008: Index to National Gallery of Canada Exhibition Catalogues and Checklists 1880-1930, by Philip Dombowsky
Presented at the 36th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Denver, Colorado in May 2008.

2007:

2006: The 60s: Montreal Thinks Big / Les années 60: Montréal voit grand, ed. André Lortie
Presented at the 34th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Banff, Alberta in May 2006.

2005: Index to Nineteenth Century Canadian Catalogues of Art by Jonathan Franklin
Presented at the 33rd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Houston, Texas in April 2005.

2004: General Idea Editions: 1967-1995, ed. Barbara Fischer
Presented at the 32nd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in New York City in April 2004.

2003: Directory of Publications on Canadian Contemporary Art/Répertoire des publications en art contemporain canadiené by Artexte Information Centre
Presented at the 31st annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in March 2003.

2002: First Nations Artists in Canada: A Biographical / Bibliographical Guide 1960 to 1999 by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art
Presented at the 30th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in March 2002.

2001: Alberta Society of Artists: the first seventy years by Kathy E. Zimon
Presented at the 29th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Los Angeles, California in March-April 2001.

2000: Artists in Canada: A Union List of Artists’ files by Cyndie Campbell and Sylvie Roy
Presented at the 28th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in March 2000.