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Branding the American West wins 15 Bytes Art Book Award

Edited by Marian Wardle and Sarah E. Boehme and published in conjunction with an exhibition by the same name, Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950, is the winner of this year’s 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book.

As our review of the publication concluded: “Like bucking broncos, myths are hard to bust, especially when they are embodied by images that have become part of our national consciousness. So, if you enjoy your Manifest Destiny clean and uncluttered, your favorite paintings pure and nonthreatening, this book is not for you; but if the story of our American West appeals to you as a rich tapestry in all its various and complicated narratives, Branding the American West will be sure to take you to new and interesting vistas.”

Read the full review here.

Our judges for this year’s book award agree: “This publication is a fine example of the fruitful possibilities of art publishing today — scholarly yet accessible, with engaging design and scores of beautifully produced images, this volume expands our understanding of our visual heritage.”

The volume contains essays by Dean Rader, John Ott, Jimmy L. Bryan Jr, Susan S. Ruh, Elizabeth Hutchinson and LeAnne Howe, with an introduction by Wardle and Boehme. Wardle is the Curator of American Art at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art and Sarah E. Boehme is Curator at the Stark Museum of Art, the two institutions that sponsored the exhibit.

Congratulations to Wardle and Boehme and the University of Oklahoma Press!

Branding the American West is one of three works selected as finalists for the 5th Annual 15 Bytes Book Award, the winning selection receiving a modest cash prize. You can read the citations of the two finalists, Saints at Devil’s Gate: Landscapes Along the Mormon Trail (Church Historian’s Press), edited by Laura Allred Hurtado and Beginning Acrylic (Walter Foster Publishing), by Susette Billedeaux Gertsch, here.

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