Call for Submissions: The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize

Bard Graduate Center welcomes submissions for the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas. The prize rewards scholarly excellence and commitment to cross-disciplinary conversation. The winning author(s) or editor(s) will be chosen by a committee of Bard Graduate Center faculty and will be honored with a research event exploring new directions, critical applications, and intersections of the awarded book’s argument.

Submission Guidelines

Eligible titles include monographs, exhibition catalogues, and collections of essays in any language, published in print or in digital format. Submissions must have a 2023 publication date.

Three copies of each print title and an entry submission form should be sent to the below address. For digital publications, please email a copy of the submission form, a PDF of the publication, and a link to the publication to [email protected].

Horowitz Book Prize Committee
Bard Graduate Center
18 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Submissions must be postmarked by April 5, 2024. There is no limit to the number of submissions, but please note we are unable to return items submitted for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Shipping is the responsibility of the applicant and we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions. The winning title will be announced in September 2024.

For questions, contact Jason Brown, Assistant Director of Public Humanities + Research, at [email protected].

The entry submission form can be downloaded here.

Past Winners


Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, Anne Whitelaw, Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c.1780–1980 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021). Learn more here.


Bess Williamson, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (New York University Press, 2019). Learn more here.


Cheryl Finley, Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon (Princeton University Press, 2018).


Gary Urton, Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources (University of Texas Press, 2017).