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2020 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize.  The award recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages deeply with the collections at the Archives of American Art.  The prize-winning essay will present an innovative argument directly supported by primary sources.  Critical questions may be explored through a single source or a discrete set of materials at the Archives.

With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives of American Art 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 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, and to emerging scholars with a PhD conferred on or after September 15, 2019. 

Submissions for the 2020 prize must be sent to AAAprize@si.edu by September 15, 2020.  For more information, please visit https://www.aaa.si.edu/publications/essay-prize.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.


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