2023 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize awarded to Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Natalia Lauricella

Natalia Lauricella, PhD, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2023 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize. Now in its ninth year, this award is given by the Association of Print Scholars (APS) to an article published by an early-career scholar that features compelling and innovative research on prints or printmaking. Lauricella’s article, “The Master Printer’s Labor: Crafting the Color Art Lithograph in Fin-de-Siècle France,” was published in Nouvelles de l’estampe (no. 267) in 2022. 

In her article, Lauricella examines the role of the printer in large lithography companies in late nineteenth-century France, such as that of Lemercier, and small workshops, such as Auguste Clot’s atelier. As one juror noted, Lauricella “provides a nuanced discussion of the importance of craft, skill, and labor in the industrial machine that was lithography around 1890 […] While a good deal has been written about Clot, his printing practices, and artistic collaborations in the past, the author adds a new element to these arguments by questioning the intersections between creativity and labor.” Another juror commented: “Culled from an impressive variety of primary sources including treatises, advertisements, letters, photographs, working printmakers, and the prints themselves, the author builds a comprehensive view of both the labor and artistry of the printer […] This article meets the highest standard for contribution to the field, quality of research and clarity of argument.” Lauricella’s publication emphasizes the crucial but sometimes overlooked expertise of printers in both commercial and fine art lithography firms, making her article a relevant case study for curators, conservators, collectors, and print scholars of any time period.

The Schulman and Bullard Article Prize, which carries a $2,000 award, is generously sponsored by Susan Schulman and Carolyn Bullard and celebrates innovative contributions by early-career scholars to the field. Following the mission of APS, articles submitted for the prize can focus on printmaking across any geographic region and all chronological periods. APS is currently accepting submissions for the 2024 prize, the deadline for which is January 31, 2024. Please visit the APS website for more details about submitting an article for consideration: https://printscholars.org/awards/