The Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize Funded by the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. is awarded to an original essay that engages with the holdings of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The winning entry will present an innovative argument supported by the primary sources at the Archives, which include letters, photographs, diaries, oral history interviews, and much more.
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 or use the substantial microfilm holdings available through interlibrary loan or one of the Archives’ affiliated research centers across the United States. For more information, see Hours and Locations.
- A cash prize of $1,000
- One year’s subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal
- The award-winning essay will be forwarded to the editor of the Archives of American Art Journal for peer review and possible publication. The Archives of American Art Journal is the longest-running scholarly journal devoted to the history of American art. It aims to showcase new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources. Distributed by the University of Chicago Press, the Journal contains both peer-reviewed research and commissioned articles based in part on the vast holdings of the Archives.
- The competition is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate program in art history, visual studies, American studies, or related fields.
- Essays must be written in American English.
- Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- Word limit: 5,000–8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes and references.
Email your submission as an attachment to AAAPrize@si.edu, including:
- A cover sheet with the essay title, author name and contact information, your dissertation or thesis topic or title (if known), name of academic advisor, department/program, and university. (The author should not be identified anywhere else in the submission.)
- An abstract of no more than 250 words.
- The essay text, double-spaced, with endnotes. Please do not use headers or footers. Text and notes should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
- A PDF of all proposed illustrations, numbered, with complete captions.
- Brief statement about how you become aware of the Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize Funded by the Dedalus Foundation, Inc.
Deadline: July 1, 2016.
Questions or comments may be emailed to AAAprize@si.edu
Essays will be judged by a panel of scholars of American art and one staff member. Prize winners will be notified in writing by September 1, 2016.