Peter Betjemann Wins the 2017 Frost Essay Award

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Peter Betjemann, an associate professor of English and the director of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, is the winner of the 2017 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award. Betjemann’s article, “The Ends of Time: Abolition, Apocalypse, and Narrativity in Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings,” appeared in the fall 2017 issue of American Art (vol. 31, no. 3), the scholarly journal copublished by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Chicago Press.


The Frost Essay Award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published in the previous volume of American Art. The prize recognizes excellence in scholarship in the field of American art history. Each year, a rotating jury of three members of the American Art editorial board reviews articles in the journal, seeking especially to honor an essay that advances the understanding of the history of the arts in the United States, demonstrates original research, expresses fresh ideas, and is clearly written, accessible in its language, and marked by a gracefulness of exposition. This year’s jurors were Martin Berger of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; David Brody of Parsons School of Design; and Rachael Z. DeLue of Princeton University. 


The prize carries a $1,000 award made possible by the generous contribution of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Endowment. For more information, please visit