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The Reba and Dave Williams Prize is awarded for outstanding essays on American printmaking.  The prize is $2,500 and $1,000 for first and second place, as judged by the Editor and the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly ( 

Print Quarterly was founded by David Landau in 1984.  Dr. Landau continues as its Editor; he is also the co-author of The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550, 1994, Yale University Press. 

Past Winners of the Reba and Dave Williams Prize

1993  James Wechsler; Fred Becker and Experimental Printmaking

1994  Eugene Balk; The “American Scene” Print and the Cartoon

1995  No award

1996  James Wechsler; The Great Depression and the Prints of Blanche Grambs

1997  No award

1998  Cindy Medley Buckner; The Development of the Carborundum Mezzotint and the Carborundum Etching in the WPA Federal Art Projects

1999  Alison Cameron; Buenos Vecinos: African-American Printmaking and the Taller de Grafica Popular 

2000  No award

2001  Jake Milgram Wien; Rockwell Kent’s First Print

2002  Efram Burk; The Prints of William Zorach

          Riva Castleman; “Not for Sale” Prints in American Embassies

2003  No award

2004  No award

2005 Julie Mellby; The New Republics Portfolio of 1924

2006 Lynn B. Williams; The Cotton Series of Lamar Baker

2007 No award

2008 No award

As noted in each issue of  of Print Quarterly, the specifications for submissions for the Prize are as follows:

The essay, which must be based on original research and original thinking, may be devoted to any aspect of American printmaking from its origins to the present day. The length must not exceed 5,000 words, including footnotes; up to twelve black and white illustrations are allowed, and these can be submitted in the first instance in the form of photocopies. The winner(s) will be required to provide black and white photographs taken from originals.




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