The 2012 Melva J. Dwyer Award goes to Francois-Marc Gagnon, Nancy Senior, and Réal Ouellet, for The Codex Canadensis, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2011.
The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture.
The 2012 award was administered by James Rout, Chair of ARLIS/NA Canada, and a jury that consisted of Vanessa Kam, University of British Columbia, David Payne, OCAD University, and John Latour, Artexte. This year, 12 nominations were received for the award.
In the words of the jury, “The Codex Canadensis is a remarkable publication through and through. The image reproductions are exemplary and the overall contribution to our knowledge of the visual and material culture of the early colonial mindset is invaluable. The rigorous and meticulous detail of their notations and descriptions of the document demonstrate their authority in an unquestionable manner.”