Princeton University Press and the Princeton University Art Museum are excited to announce a new exclusive publishing partnership. Beginning February 1, 2022 PUP will become distributor of the Princeton University Art Museum’s current front and back list, and will co-publish a selection of its titles going forward. PUP will support the Museum’s list through marketing, publicity, global sales and distribution, with the Museum continuing to oversee scholarly content development, editorial, design, and production.
According to Michelle Komie, PUP’s Publisher for Art and Architecture, “With shared missions and commitments to art and the humanities, we are thrilled to formalize this new partnership with our colleagues at the Princeton University Art Museum. The Museum’s globe-spanning collections and exceptional publications program offer a wide array of titles for scholars and general readers alike, and we look forward to helping to bring their books to the widest possible readerships around the world.”
“We at the Art Museum look forward to a dynamic partnership with Princeton University Press through which we pool our talents and resources on a wide range of publications that align around our shared commitments to scholarly excellence united with broad accessibility and intellectual inclusion,” said James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director of the Art Museum.
“This new partnership is an inspiration to the PUP team, and one fortified by the commitment we share with Princeton University to create vibrant intellectual exchange that makes an impact in the world. For us, that exchange is in the pages of books,” notes Press Director Christie Henry.
The first Princeton University Art Museum title supported by PUP distribution is Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective. Edited by Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, the volume features essays from a range of scholars who examine visual culture through lenses of ecocriticism, environmental studies, and animal justice, and which extend chronologically and geographically from eleventh-century Chinese painting to contemporary photography of California wildfires. Picture Ecology offers a dynamic, cross-cultural approach to an increasingly vital area of study, emphasizing the environmental dimensions inherent in the content and materials of aesthetic objects.
The Museum’s publications—which include exhibition and collection catalogues, standalone volumes such as Picture Ecology, and a forthcoming new imprint placing essential works of art in rich contexts—were previously distributed by Yale University Press. PUP also serves as distributor for Zone Books, an independent publisher of titles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
About the Princeton University Art Museum
With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include more than 112,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. The main Museum building is currently closed for the construction of a bold and welcoming new building, designed in partnership with Sir David Adjaye and slated to open in late 2024.