Library Fellows’ Award

The Library Fellows Artist’s Book Award is Suspended Until Further Notice.

The Library Fellows Program was established in 1989 to encourage and support the creation of artists' books and to benefit the NMWA Library and Research Center (LRC). The Fellows’ contributions were used to offer a grant to a selected artist to produce an artist’s book in a limited edition of 125 copies. As a benefit of membership, each Fellow received a copy of the book. The artists kept 25 copies as a form of remuneration for their creative efforts. The remaining copies were sold in support of the LRC. From 1990–2013, 21 artists’ books were published.

The Library Fellows, now called the Book Arts Fellows, meet once a year. Prior to 2013, every other year they reviewed and discussed proposals from artists to select the following year's book. Since then, members are given the opportunity to assist with purchasing artists’ books for the NMWA collection. Membership was, and still is, limited to individuals who contribute $1,500 each year.  Each Fellow’s name is placed on a plaque outside of the entrance to the LRC.

You may purchase a copy of a winning book in the following three ways:

  • At the museum shop 
  • By email:
  • By phone: 877-226-5294

Display copies are available at the NMWA Library and Research Center and the NMWA Museum Shop.

View high-resolution photos of the books.