ANN: 2021 Rhonda A. Saad Prize Winner: Tiffany Floyd

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2021 Rhonda A. Saad Prize Winner: Tiffany Floyd


It is with great pleasure to announce that this year's Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art winner is Tiffany Floyd, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Tiffany's paper “A Sculptor of Sumer: Modern Mythologies, Narrative Space-Time, and the Sign of Antiquity in the Reliefs of Mohammed Ghani Hikmat” explores how Ghani’s relief sculptures harnessed the visual power of ancient Mesopotamian forms to promise a reciprocity between past and present by intertwining these temporal positions. It also shows how narrative structures of the past become the representational tools of modernity that in turn becomes the material of history and legend.


The Saad Prize Committee found that Tiffany's paper "A Sculptor of Sumer" offers an insightful and meticulously researched account of Mohammed Ghani's sculptural practices and monumental visual narratives within a "heterochronic system of signification." The paper promises to develop into a publishable article in the future.


Established in the name of our dear and respected colleague, the Rhonda A. Saad Prize recognizes one graduate or recent post-graduate paper that has made a substantial contribution to the field of Art History and Middle East Studies. The award honors our respected colleague and dear friend, Rhonda, who was, at the time of her tragic passing in 2010, in the process of researching a doctoral dissertation on modern Palestinian art in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. Over the last several years, the prize has recognized excellence in graduate work completed on a variety of subjects in a number of disciplines at universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, submission guidelines, and interviews with previous winners, please visit Please consider donating to the Rhonda A. Saad Prize so that we may continue to honor Rhonda’s legacy by encouraging outstanding scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary Arab art.

How wonderful! Tiffany Floyd is an outstanding choice! Mabrouk!