The Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Archives of American Art recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages in a substantial, meaningful way with the holdings of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and focuses on studies related to painting, sculpture, and the allied arts from 1940 to the present day. The prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal, and his or her essay forwarded to the executive editor of the Archives of American Art Journal for peer review and possible publication.
With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and records of the visual arts in the United States. Students may consult original documents by appointment at the Archives’ headquarters in Washington, DC, view more than 2.5 million digital files and interviews online through the Archives’ website, or use the substantial microfilm holdings available through interlibrary loan or an Archives-affiliated research center. The Dedalus Foundation was founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell to support public understanding and appreciation of the principles of modern art and modernism.
The competition is open to students enrolled at the time of submission in a graduate program in art history, visual studies, American studies, or related fields. Submissions for the 2019 prize must be sent to AAAprize@si.edu by September 15, 2019.
Emily D Shapiro, PhD | Managing Editor, Archives of American Art Journal