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 application for the 2021 IFPDA Foundation Book Award closed on July 16, 2021.


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 Fine Art Print Fair in October.

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2020 Winners


The Renaissance of Etching


Catherine Jenkins, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Freyda Spira

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Distributed by Yale University Press

An accompaniment to the highly acclaimed Met exhibition which took place from October 23, 2019–January 19, 2020,  the book is the first comprehensive look at the origins and diffusion across Europe of the etched print during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. 




The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Mid Century New York

Christina Weyl


Yale University Press

In this important and timely book, Christina Weyl takes us into the experimental New York print studio Atelier 17 and highlights the women whose work there advanced both modernism and feminism in the 1940s and 1950s, defying gender norms through novel aesthetic forms and techniques. Weyl focuses on eight artists—Louise Bourgeois, Minna Citron, Worden Day, Dorothy Dehner, Sue Fuller, Alice Trumbull Mason, Louise Nevelson, and Anne Ryan—who bent the technical rules of printmaking and blazed new aesthetic terrain with their etchings, engravings, and woodcuts.  


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


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

Andreas Marks and Rhiannon Paget


Published 2017


Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

Susan Dackerman

Harvard Art Museums and Distributed by Yale University Press

Published 2015


The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints 1770-1850

John Ittmann

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Published 2017


Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau

Clifford S. Ackley

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Published 2014