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July Newsletter 2013

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July 2013 Volume LVII, No. 7 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
 

  SAH Receives NEA grant for Buildings of Savannah
On April 23, 2013 the National Endowment for the Arts announced that the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) was awarded a $10,000 ART WORKS grant in the category of DESIGN to support “Reading the City,” a print publication, online resource, and public programming about the built environment of Savannah, Georgia. In partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design, professors and architectural history students will develop a series of walking tours that explore the architecture of the city. SAH member Robin Williams and the Savannah College of Art and Design are partnering with SAH to produce both the publication and programming.
Click here for a full list of 2013 Spring NEA awards.

     

  Graduate Student Lightning Talks - Call for Proposals
The SAH is proud to feature the Graduate Student Lightning Talks at the 2014 Conference in Austin, TX. This full session is composed of 5-minute graduate student presentations that provide graduate students the opportunity to present their current research. This year, the Lightning Talks format, in which presentations are divided into thematic groups with question and discussion following each, will be augmented with established scholars acting as respondents. Proposals are due by August 1, 2013. Read more / submit a proposal.
     

  The Revitalized and the Neglected: Rapp and Rapp's Movie Palaces in Chicago
SAH Blog Post by Metcalf Intern Christine Lee
The red and yellow neon letters of this instantly recognizable marquee sign that brighten up the corner of State and Lake are one of the defining landmarks of the city’s nightscape – immortalized on the posters for the popular musical film Chicago (2002). The masterminds behind this Chicago emblem were Cornelius W. (1861-1927) and George L. (1878-1942) Rapp who established their own successful architectural firm Rapp and Rapp. Trained at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, the brother-duo designed several hundred movie palaces throughout the country in the early twentieth century. By teaming up with the Balaban and Katz theater chain – the forerunner of today’s Paramount Pictures – the brothers constructed their most famous works in Chicago.
Read More.
     

  Save the Date! SAH Awards Gala
Save the date for the SAH Awards Gala - Saturday, November 9, 6-9pm at The Casino, 195 East Delaware, Chicago, IL. This year's gala will honor:

Award for Excellence in Design, Planning, and Sustainability
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Award for Excellence in Architectural Media
Judith Paine McBrien, Director, The Archimedia Workshop

Award for Excellence in Architectural Criticism
Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune 

Award for Excellence in Architectural Stewardship
Department of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago
 
Upcoming SAH Opportunities
Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship: Provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture. Applications Open August 1.

HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship: A joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), this fellowship permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer of 2013. Applications open August 1.

 
Current SAH Opportunities 
SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals: Provides a one-year membership in SAH to emerging scholars to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships.

SAH Book Award Nominations: Accepting nominations for the five 2014 SAH Book Awards which will be presented at SAH's Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.  Deadline August 3.

SAH / Mellon Author Awards: Provides financial relief to early-career scholars who are paying image rights and permissions for use in publications. Deadline extended to September 15.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: $50,000 award to cover one year of travel for a recent graduate or emerging scholar. Deadline October 1.
  
Members in the News
Anthony Vidler celebrates 12 years as Dean at Cooper Union
John Eifler: July 11th Lecture on Wright's Search for Innovation in Design
Dianne Harris: Guest Blogger on Frank Lloyd Wright for Chicago Humanities Festival
Kevin Harringon: Architecture 101 on Mies van der Rohe at The National Building Museum
Article on the importance of the Digital Humanities by Abby Smith Rumsey
Obituary: Cheryl Robertson

SAH July Booklist
Read the July Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. The booklist and exhibition catalog list are selected by Barbara Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University Library.