Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

In Partnership with American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum


The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize recognizes excellent scholarship in the field of historical American art (circa 1500–1980) by a non-U.S. scholar. Manuscripts should advance understanding of American art, demonstrating new findings and original perspectives. The prize-winning essay will be translated and published in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's scholarly journal. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and a $3,000 travel stipend to give a presentation in Washington, D.C., and meet with museum staff and fellows. This prize is supported by funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The aim of the award is to stimulate and actively support non-U.S. scholars working on American art topics, foster the international exchange of new ideas, and create a broad, culturally comparative dialogue on American art. Ph.D. candidates and above (or equivalent) are eligible to participate in the competition. Essays may focus on any aspect of historical American art and visual culture (pre-1980); however, architecture and film studies are not eligible.

For more information regarding essay requirements and format for submission, please visit http://www.americanart.si.edu/research/awards/terra.

Essays should be submitted by email to TerraEssayPrize@si.edu

Application Deadline: 15 January 2014

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