Melva J. Dwyer Award 2018

Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada

Edited by Heather Davis and published by McGill-Queens University Press and MAWA, 2017. ISBN 9780773549371

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2018 - Nominees

The Beaver Hall Group and Its Legacy

By Evelyn Walters
Dundurn 2017
ISBN: 978-1-45973-776-1


Series: Modern Architectures in History
By Rhodri Windsor Liscombe and Michelangelo Sabatino
University of Chicago Press 2016
ISBN: 9781780236339

Canadian Painters in a Modern World, 1925–1955: Writings and Reconsiderations

by Lora Senechal Carney
McGill-Queens University Press 2017
ISBN: 9780773551152

Dan Hanganu Works 1981-2015

EDITOR: Essy Baniassad
Dalhousie University Press 2017
ISBN: 9780929112657

Edmund Alleyn: Biographie

By Gilles Lapointe
Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal 2017
ISBN: 9782760637122

Glenn Goluska in Toronto

By Andrew Steeves
Gaspereau Press 2016
ISBN: 9781554471591

The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation / Le Petit Gris : guide de l’édition en art et de la distribution autogérée

edited by Anne Bertrand ; original essays by Felicity Tayler
Produced by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) in collaboration with le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ)
ISBN: 9780995996809

Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

By Roald Nasgaard & Gwendolyn Owens
McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Goose Lane Editions 2017
ISBN: 9780864929655

James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation

By Katerina Atanassova
Co-Published by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and Figure 1 Publishing Inc. 2017
ISBN: 9781773270180

Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, Pauses

By Susan Gibson Garvey and Andrea Kunard
Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Goose Lane Editions 2017
ISBN: 9780864929976

SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

By Heather Igloliorte
The Rooms Corporation and Goose Lane Editions 2017
ISBN: 9780864929747

Sculpture in Canada

By Maria Tippett
Douglas & McIntyre 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77162-093-2/p>

Spaces and Places for Art Making Art Institutions in Western Canada, 1912-1990

By Ann Whitelaw
McGill-Queens University Press 2017
ISBN: 9780773550315


2018 - Call for Nominations

The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture. 

The Award is adjudicated by a jury of three Canadian art information professionals and administered by the Canadian Liaison to the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 46th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in New York City, in February, 2018. 


  • The title must relate to Canadian art and/or architecture and be disseminated by Canadian sources.
  • The format of the reference or research tool can vary: print, electronic, multimedia or other vehicles will be considered.
  • The date of publication or release should be within the last two years of the date of nomination, although exceptions can be made for cumulative achievement.
  • Monographs, exhibition catalogues and periodical articles will be considered if the scope and quality of the bibliographic information or the arrangement of the main text merits recognition as a major reference or research tool.

Nomination procedures

  • Nominations must be received by November 27th, 2017.
  • Each nomination should include full bibliographic information and a written justification assessing the importance of the work to the discipline.
  • Please send nominations to the Canadian Liaison for consideration by the jury: Jennifer Garland, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library
  • Please do not send review copies until contacted.