The Nebraska Center For The Book has awarded PORTRAITS OF THE SANDHILLS—IN WORDS AND WATERCOLORS the 2019  Book-of-the-Year for Non-Fiction.  PORTRAITS OF THE SANDHILLS also won a second award, Best Cover and Design for 2019.

In 2012 Schilling’s book, PORTRAITS OF THE PRAIRIE—THE LAND THAT INSPIRED WILLA CATHER also won the 2012 Book-of-the-Year for Non-Fiction.