Retired Longtime Art History Professor Wins National Book Award


Babette Bohn

Babette Bohn, a recently retired professor of art history, was named as the Art History & Criticism winner in the 46th annual Association of American Publishers (AAP) PROSE Awards for her book Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna.

The AAP’s annual PROSE Awards recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing nationally, distinguishing the publications that make a significant contribution to a field of study in the humanities, biological and physical sciences, reference and social sciences. From more than 560 entries, Bohn’s book was selected as the Art History & Criticism category winner by a panel of 24 judges.

As a category winner, Bohn’s book will advance to the competition for the Awards for Excellence, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Of the four Awards for Excellence winners, one will receive the PROSE Awards highest honor, the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award.

Bohn’s book, which was released in March 2021, explores why women artists in early modern Bologna were more numerous, diverse and successful than in other areas of Italy at that time. It’s a topic Bohn has researched for years, including during her 2017-18 fellowship with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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