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Terra Foundation For American Art International Essay Prize
Deadline: Jan 15, 2014
The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize
recognizes excellent scholarship by a non-U.S. scholar in the field of
historical American art. 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 (pre-1980) American art and visual culture;
however, architecture and film studies are not eligible. Preference will
be given to studies that address American art within a cross-cultural
context and offer new ways of thinking about the material. A strong
emphasis on visual analysis is encouraged. Manuscripts previously
published in a foreign language are eligible if released within the last
two years (please state the date and venue of the previous publication).
Essays that have been published in English will not be considered.
Authors are invited to submit their own work for consideration. We also
urge scholars who know of eligible articles written by others to inform
those authors of the prize.
The length of the essay (including endnotes) should be between 7,000 and
8,500 words and should include approximately 12 to 14 illustrations with
figure references in the text. The essay should be submitted by e-mail
as a Word file, accompanied by a PDF file containing all of the
illustrations, along with captions that provide each object's title,
artist, date, medium, dimensions, and current location. All manuscripts
should be accompanied by an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words written in
English that: 1) clearly states the author's thesis and the essay's
contribution to the field of American art, and 2) outlines the essay's
basic structure and methodology. A curriculum vitae should be included.
Submissions must be sent to TerraEssayPrize@si.edu by January 15, 2014.
Questions or comments may be addressed to the same address.