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West Virginia University art history professor Janet Snyder won this year's Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research from the Southeastern College Art Conference for her book, "Early Gothic Column-Figure Sculpture in France: Appearance, Materials, and Significance."

The award is given for outstanding research shown in the recent publication of a book, article or series of articles. Snyder is head of the art history program in the WVU School of Art & Design.

Illustrated with many of Snyder's own photographs, "Early Gothic Column-Figure Sculpture in France" is a comprehensive investigation of church portal sculpture installed between the 1130s and the 1170s at more than 20 great churches. It was published last year.

Snyder's study takes a close look at 12th-century human figure sculpture, describing represented clothing, defining the language of textiles and dress that would have been legible at the time, and investigating rationale and significance.

The Southeastern College Art Conference is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis.

Membership includes individuals and institutions from the original group of southeastern states that founded the conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Snyder's book is available online from Ashgate Publishing.

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