Stan Mathews, of the Colleges’ art and architecture faculty, has been awarded a prestigious grant by the Graham Foundation for his forthcoming book, “From Agit-prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price.”
The grant was awarded to help defray the expenses for the nearly 200 illustrations in the book, which come from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, and the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris.
“My book is the first major monograph on this internationally recognized architect,” said Mathews. “When I first began research on this book, Price was not well known. However, in the intervening years – and especially since his death in 2003 – he has become a very “hot” topic in architectural circles.”
Mathews has published four articles over the past three years on Price and the significance of his work. The latest volume deals with Price’s early work. Mathews is currently on sabbatical, and will be spending five months in London to begin work on the second volume.
Mathews holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. from Beloit College. Mathews has been a member of the Colleges faculty since 2000.
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, created in 1956 by a bequest from prominent Chicago architect Ernest R. Graham, is committed to providing project-based grants to individuals and institutions working to address issues in architecture and the built environment. In addition to direct support of architects, artists, scholars and others, the Foundation advances architectural dialog through a public program of lectures, exhibitions and special projects produced at its Madlener House headquarters, a national landmark.