For release: June 5, 2008
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A book featuring an essay by a University of Memphis professor has won a bronze medal
at the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Amazing Grace: Self-Taught Artists
from the Mullis Collection received the prize in the fine arts category at the 12th
annual IPPY Awards in Los Angeles on May 30. Dr. Carol Crown, professor of art history
at the U of M, contributed the principal essay on the Mullis Collection.
Dr. Carol Crown
The Amazing Grace exhibit featured 90 works, some by recognized folk masters such
as Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, and Sister Gertrude Morgan, and others by relatively
unheralded self-taught artists. The collection was shown at the Georgia Museum of
“The Georgia Museum of Art is extremely proud to have received a bronze medal at the
2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards,” said Paul Manoguerra, the book’s editor and
curator of American art at the museum. “Carol Crown’s essay in the exhibition catalogue
for Amazing Grace added immensely to the overall quality of the book, and greatly
enhanced our chances for winning this prestigious award.”
Crown has been with the University since 1975. She was curator of “Coming Home! Self-Taught
Artists, the Bible and the American South,” which opened at the University of Memphis
in 2004 and traveled in 2005 to the Museum of Fine Art at Florida State University
and the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.
The IPPY Awards recognize those who exhibit the courage, innovation and creativity
to bring about change in the world of publishing. The contest attracted 3,175 total
entries, with more than 2,500 in the national categories and 600 in the regional competition.