Congratulations to the five winners of Artstor Travel Awards 2010! The following winners will receive $1,500 each to be used for their own teaching and research travel needs over the course of the next year.*

Travel Award 2010 Winners

Sara Nair James
Professor of Art History, Mary Baldwin College
A course with no book? Artstor to the rescue!

Lois Kuyper-Rushing
Associate Librarian and Head, Carter Music Resources Center,
Louisiana State University Libraries
Music Iconography and Artstor

Katherine E. Manthorne
Professor of Art of the United States, Latin America, and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950, Art History Program, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Sweet Fortunes: Sugar, Race, Art and Patronage in the Americas, 1750-1950

Kristina Richardson
Assistant Professor of Islamic History, Queens College, The City University of New York
Imagining Disability through Christian and Muslim Bodies

Steven Wills
Coordinator, Wachovia Education Resource Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Proportion and Perspective

Artstor received nearly 150 fascinating submissions, which had us absolutely transfixed over the past month as we reviewed all of the essays and accompanying image groups. Through these wonderful submissions we learned about how users are finding, using, and re-thinking the images in the Digital Library. The essays revealed the creative and interdisciplinary ways that scholars, curators, educators, and students at universities, community colleges, museums, and libraries are integrating Artstor image collections into their teaching and research in a broad range of topics: musicology, geometry, film studies, the Berlin Wall, disability studies, food and cuisine, Southeast Asian studies, medieval pilgrimage roads, Gothic architecture, Native American weaving techniques, drawing methods with pen and ink, European fashion design, Renaissance literature, history of slavery, Progressive Era reforms, daguerreotype conservation, library cataloging practices, and much more.

In reviewing the submissions, we learned a great deal about how users discover the images they want to work with, how they organize that content, and how they use image groups for teaching, publishing, and research to find non-digital research materials. A number of the projects also described iterative search strategies that were employed in constructing image groups, reminding us that Artstor must continue to improve access and search in the Digital Library because users want to discover images based on the language of their discipline or area of interest.

It was extremely difficult for us to select five winners from the nearly 150 submissions from around the world due to exceptional quality of so many essays and image groups. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Artstor Travel Awards 2010. We believe that the value of our learning from the community through this program and our supporting the research and teaching activities of our users is vital to the Artstor mission. Therefore, we will be offering the Travel Award program on an ongoing annual basis.

We look forward to your continued feedback and participation in the Artstor endeavor to share and promote image collections for educational and scholarly purposes.

Sincerely,
The Artstor Staff

*All winning essays are posted on the Artstor public website. Digital photos and commentary about how the awards have been used will be included when those materials become available.