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The Wyeth Foundation for American Art supports the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Background and Recent Winners


Application is by the publisher, not the author. Applications are considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art that are under contract for publication. Awards are open to publishers of all nations; authors need not live or work in the United States. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members. University presses can be eligible under the CAA membership of the university. Self-published manuscripts are not eligible for this grant.

Eligible Books

Excluded from consideration are excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), and congress proceedings. Museum exhibition or collection catalogues containing substantial scholarship are eligible. High scholarly and intellectual merit is the sine qua non for an award; however, the jury is also attentive to the following criteria:

  • Topics with a naturally small market or unusually high expenses
  • Works by disadvantaged scholars, including those at the earlier stages of a career, or by younger scholars or curators; or issued by smaller museums; or by or about underserved constituencies
  • Books that break new ground, contribute new scholarship, or publish important primary-source material
  • Beautiful books that increase the audience for American art

A project that has been rejected for grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application.


Grant applications must be received from publishers at the CAA office no later than September 14, 2018. Awards will be made in November, and publishers are notified by the end of the year. The award is usually disbursed to the publisher when the book is in a late stage of production, upon submission of final galley proofs or the equivalent.


The copyright page or other appropriate location in the front matter of the book must bear the following credit line: Publication of this book has been aided by a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant of CAA. The CAA logo must appear with this notice and is supplied to the publisher upon request.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by the publisher; applications submitted by authors will not be accepted. The publisher gathers all materials listed in the checklist below and submits them through the online application portal, powered by Conference Exchange. Publishers may instead choose to mail the complete application to: Aakash Suchak, ATTN: Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, CAA–Advancing Art and Design, 50 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004. Electronic applications are preferred.


Prepared by the author, and forwarded to the publisher:

  • Form A
  • Author’s curriculum vitae (include dates of degrees and page numbers of published articles)
  • Narrative description or abstract of the book (two pages maximum)
  • Author’s response to (anonymous) peer reviews (dated, with state-of-progress report if older than one year)

Prepared by the publisher, who submits the completed application package:

  • Form B
  • Publisher’s cover letter, describing the importance of the work and detailing for what purpose the grant is needed, including a basic budget or cost estimate
  • Partial manuscript, including:
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction
    • Sample chapter or partial chapters
    • Picture list (complete or representative)
    • Sample images (include figure numbers and captions)
    • Sample bibliography (no more than five pages)
  • Manuscript reviews†
  • All materials prepared by author, as listed above

†Two or more substantive, analytical peer reviews or readers’ reports of the manuscript, addressing originality, significance of the scholarly contribution, and quality of the research and prose, and written by reviewers who are authorities on the material of the book. Note that readers’ reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application. Reviews are anonymous to the author but should be signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential) and should not be more than three years old. The author’s response to the reports should be signed and included with the application, so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. If the author’s response is older than one year, a state-of-progress report should be included. Reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor, are ineligible for application to this award.


Questions? Please contact Aakash Suchak, CAA Grants and Special Programs Manager, at 212-392-4435.