The Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts

The Henry Allen Moe Prize, awarded annually by Fenimore Art Museum, recognizes excellence in exhibitions and collections-based publishing.

The museum is the recipient of an endowment from Mrs. Henry Allen Moe in memory of her husband, Henry Allen Moe, scholar and humanist. Income from the endowment is used for substantial cash prizes to foster and recognize scholarship in art history and decorative arts studies in the form of published catalogues of exhibits and collections.

Entries for each year’s prize must have been published the previous year. Entries must be submitted in four copies, accompanied by a letter of transmittal stating intent to enter the contest, and received on or before February 28 of each year. Only catalogues treating collections located or exhibited in New York State qualify.

Selection will be by a committee of scholars and museum administrators. A successful entry should add new information to what is known about the subject, and may completely document an important exhibition.  Thank you to all of the participants who submitted their catalogues in this year’s Henry Allen Moe Prize competition.

Address entries to:

The Henry Allen Moe Prize Committee
Fenimore Art Museum
PO Box 800, 5798 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: 607.547.2586
Deadline: on or before February 28


2010          Linda S. Ferber, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision
2011          Edited by Dr. Peter N. Miller and Dr. Deborah L. Krohn, Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarieta van Varick
2012          Frances F. Bretter, Matthew A. Thurlow, Michael K. Brown, Peter Kenny, Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York
2013          Roberta J.M. Olson, Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America
2014          Kimberly Orcutt and Marilyn Satin Kushner, The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution
2015          Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow, Cubsim: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
2016          James Layton and David Pierce, The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935
2017          Esther da Costa Meyer, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

Kerr History Prize

Endowed by Paul S. Kerr, and named for him by the board of trustees, this $1,000 prize is awarded each year to the best article published in New York History, as judged by a special trustee committee.


2010          Christopher Geherin, New Guinea: Racial Identity and Inclusion in the Stockbridge and Brothertown Indian Communities of New York
2012          Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D, The Aeronautic Society of New York and the Birth of American Aviation, 1908-1918
2013          Laurence M. Hauptman, Ph.D, On and Off State Time: William N. Fenton and the Seneca Indians in Crisis, 1954-1968
2014          Kees-Jan Waterman and Jan-Noel, Not Confined to the Village Clearings: Indian Women in the Fur Trade in Colonial New York, 1695-1732
2015          Barry Goldberg, “That Jewish Crowd:” Prejudice, Protest and the Policies of Fair Employment and Education Law in New York, 1945-1950
2016          Abby Shelton, “Her Humble Estate:” Poverty and Widowhood in Seventeenth-Century New York
2017          Cynthia G. Falk, Picturing Rural Progress: The Otsego Forest Products Cooperative in FSA Photography
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