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stratford.jpgWILMORE, KY—Linda Stratford has been selected as a finalist for the Phillips Book Prize for her manuscript submission, Artists into Frenchmen. The Phillips Book Prize is an annual award given to an emerging scholar for publication of that individual’s first book, which represents new research in modern or contemporary art.

Through a grant from the Phillips Collection Centre for the Study of Modern Art, the winning manuscript will be published by the University of California Press. The winning author receives $5,000 and an invitation to present at Phillips in fall 2007. The winner will be announced mid-April.

Stratford’s book began as her Ph.D. dissertation in 2001 at Stony Brook University. She continued to refine her dissertation research through participation in strategic panels and grants related to her topic—the quarrel over expressionist abstraction in twentieth-century France. Her manuscript suggests that leadership in the realm of the visual arts after World War II was not “stolen” as Cold War accounts suggest, but sidelined by certain “forces of order” within France itself.  

Stratford is an associate professor of art and Lilly scholar at the College. She helped curate “A Romance with Landscape: Realism to Impressionism” at University of Kentucky Art Museum last fall. The collection of 19th century French landscape paintings and prints was assembled from regional museums and local collectors.