Tropical Light wins Richard E. Rice Gold Medal in 2016 Florida Book Awards

In its eleventh annual competition, the Florida Book Awards announced that Tropical Light: The Art of A. E. Backus was awarded the Richard E. Rice Gold Medal in the Visual Arts category.


Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program with more than 200 eligible publications submitted across the ten categories of competition. The Florida Book Awards was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

Submissions for the 2016 awards were read by juries of three members, each nominated from across the state by co-sponsoring organizations. Jurors are authorized to select up to three medalists (including one gold winner, one silver runner-up and one bronze medalist) in each of the ten categories; jurors are also authorized to make no selections in a given year.

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