The Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize Funded by the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., is given to compelling original research using the resources of the Archives of American Art as primary evidence. The deadline has passed; submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2015 prize. Criteria for the 2016 prize will be posted after September 15, 2015.
Authors should present an original argument by marshaling evidence from the holdings of the Archives of American Art. For example, authors may interpret a series of letters or photographs, a diary, oral history interviews. Authors may also analyze a range of primary sources to contextualize and interpret historical events from a fresh perspective.
Submissions that incorporate digital tools and platforms may be favored. Authors may indicate in the body of the essay where he or she would add or embed digital features that would enhance the online presentation of the essay.Students may consult original documents by appointment at the Archives’ headquarters in Washington, D.C., view more than two million digital files and interviews online through the Archives website, www.aaa.si.edu, or use the substantial microfilm holdings available through interlibrary loan or at the Archives’ Washington, D.C. headquarters, New York Research Center at 300 Park Avenue South, and affiliated research centers at the Amon Carter Museum, Boston Public Library, de Young American Art Study Center, and the Huntington Library. For more information, see Hours and Locations.
2014 Winning Essay: Christina Weyl, “Networks of Abstraction: Postwar Printmaking and Women Artists of Atelier 17”
- The competition is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate program in Art History, Visual Culture, American Studies, or related fields.
- Entries must be in English.
- The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- It is a condition of entry that all entrants assign a non-exclusive license to the Archives of American Art if accepted for publication.
- Word limit: maximum of 8,000 words, inclusive of all footnotes and references.
More than one prize may be awarded. The closing date for submissions was July 1, 2015. Prize-winners will be notified in writing by September 1, 2015. Essays are judged by a panel of scholars of American art and one staff member
Criteria for the 2016 prize will be posted after September 15, 2015.