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$1.257-Million for First Books by Scholars in Art History

Publishing in art history is often a complex and expensive endeavor, not least because of those pesky permissions issues.

Now four university presses—the University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, Penn State University Press, and the University of Pennsylvania Press—will share in a collaborative grant of $1.257-million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the publication of first books by scholars in art history.

The Art History Publishing Initiative, announced in January, will aid in the publication of 40 books over a period of five years, each work appearing in both print and digital editions. The AHPI says that the four presses will acquire books individually, but will cooperate in areas of permissions, production, marketing, and e-publishing.

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