The IFPDA Foundation provides various grants and awards throughout the year, benefiting many deserving institutions and organizations. Currently, the foundation offers Foundation Grants, the Book Award, Curatorial Internship grants, the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, and the Jordan Schnitzer Award for Excellence in Printmaking. 



The IFPDA Book Award was founded in 2004 to highlight and promote published books, articles, or catalogues on fine prints. This annual award honors excellence in research, scholarship, and the discussion of new ideas in the field of fine prints. The award provides one outstanding recipient and publication with a prize of $3,000, and represents another milestone for the organization. As a result, the winner will receive acclaim from one of the most recognizable bodies in the print world.

The jury limits its consideration to books published during the prior year. Each submission will be vetted by members of the jury, who have been selected according to their expertise in that particular field or specialty. They will consider the use of original ideas, fresh research and individual interpretations. The jury will review the submissions and the award will be announced at the Collectors and Curators Breakfast during the IFPDA Print Fair in October.

The application for the 2022 IFPDA Foundation Book Award is now open through July 22, 2022.

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2021 Winner


Prints and Their Makers


Phil Sanders

Princeton Architectural Press

Prints and Their Makers takes you behind the scenes to witness the creative process at the world’s top printmaking workshops. Master printer Phil Sanders offers an in-depth look at this versatile medium and places contemporary prints and practices in the context of traditions and techniques developed over more than a thousand years.

Clear and engaging explanations illuminate the seven major printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, lithography, monotype, screenprint, photogravure, and chine collé.



2021 Honorable Mention


Scene Through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving

Anne Desmet


Ashmolean Museum Publishing

The Ashmolean Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world. The collection effectively began with the gift in 1964, by Arthur Mitchell, of over 3,000 prints, including a large group of wood engravings.

During the 1980s and 1990s, it expanded remarkably with acquisitions of large groups of prints, often as gifts from the artists, resulting in a succession of monographic exhibitions on some of the most important wood engravers.

This exhibition catalogue covers the entire history of wood engraving, including every major artist of the genre.


The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York

Christina Weyl

Yale University Press

Published 2019


Hiroshige and Eisen: The Sixty-Nine Stations along the Kisokaido

Andreas Marks and Rhiannon Paget


Published 2017


The Renaissance of Etching

Catherine Jenkins, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Freyda Spira

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Distributed by Yale University Press

Published 2019


The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints 1770-1850

John Ittmann

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Published 2017


The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy

Naoko Takahatake
with contributions by Jonathan Bober, Jamie Gabbarelli,

Antony Griffiths, Peter Parshall, and Linda Stiber Morenus

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Delmonico Books - Prestel

Published 2018


The Print Before Photography: An Introduction to European Printmaking 1550-1820

Antony Griffiths

The British Museum

Published 2016