Awards and Achievements

Each year, the department awards several prizes, including the J. Carson Webster Prize for best departmental honors thesis, an annual prize for the best paper in a 200-level course, and an annual prize for the most outstanding junior major. 

2014-15 Recipients of the Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Award for Art Historical Writing (Mariam Al Askari, left) and Advanced Writing (Perry Nigro, right).

Above: 2014-15 Recipients of the Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Award for Art Historical Writing (Mariam Al Askari, on left) and Advanced Writing (Perry Nigro, on right).

Past recipients

2016

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Linnea Hodge and Julia Poppy

Warnock Prize in Art Historical Writing

Will Kirkland

2015

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Sinéad López and Alexander Lordahl

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Oona Ahn

Warnock Prize in Art Historical Writing

Mariam Al Askari and Perry Nigro

2014

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Claire Dillon, "Empty Space and Identity Politics in the Work of Félix González-Torres: Negation, Visual Rhyme, and Creative Reinterpretation"

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Sinéad López

Warnock Prize in Art Historical Writing

Peter Adams

2013

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Jasmine Jennings, "The Problem in Room 24: Racial Constructions and the Making of National Identity in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina"

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Hannah Kleinman

Warnock Prize in Art Historical Writing

Sinéad López

2012

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Matthew Kluk, "The Maison Cubiste: Modernist Fantasy and Bourgeois Reality"

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Sophie Jenkins

Best 200-Level Paper Prize

Jessica Bickel-Barlow

2011

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Kristin Leasia, "The Emergence of Nurse and Guardian Images in Ancient Egyptian Royal Funerary Art: Some Connections to Dynasty 18 Pharaonic Legitimacy and the Hathor Cult"
and
Sophia Mancall-Bitel, "In Search of Los Angeles: Myths, Movies and Maps in the Work of Ed Ruscha"

Outstanding Junior Art History Major Prize

Matthew Kluk
Kerry Bickford

Best 200-Level Paper Prize

Ellie (Jennifer) Graham

2010

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Elliot Reichert, "Unretractable Social Marks: The Critical Spatial Practice of Street Art"
and
Jennifer Wong, "Reinventing the Ancient: the Transforming Female Figures of the Twentieth Century Painter Zhang Daqian"

2009

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Jessica Davidson, "Candidates for Admiration: Identity and Display in the Art of London's Public Parks, 1750 - 1800"
and
Viktoriya Kamara, "Extending Discourse on Soviet Art 1920's -1930's: The Career of Ekaterina Zernova"

2007

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Amanda Wasielewski, "From the Urban Dérive to the Internet Drive: Deterritorialized Capitalism in the Guise of a Digital Utopia"

2005

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Darrah Doyle, "HIV/AIDS Is Our Concern: An Examination of a Work by Artists of the Chivirika Self-Help Embroidery Project"
and
Lauren Wright, "Time-based to Time-bearing: Temporality in Recent Film and Video Art"

2004

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Alison Goldstein, "Dürer versus Raimondi: A Claim of Ownership"

2003

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis


David Peterson, "National Endowment for the Arts v. Karen Finley: Understanding U.S. Government Arts Funding Amidst Controversy, Political Warfare and Ideological Clashes"

2002

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Dana Atlagic, "Perpetuating Inequalities: A Look at Happenings Through Gendered Criticism"

2001

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Brook Crowley, "Compassionate Orientalism: Théodore Chassériau's Arab Horsemen Carrying away Their Dead, 1850"

1999

J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis

Anju Shivaram,"'Imagined' Femininities: The Chinese Calendar Woman as National Symbol"
and
David Mullet, "Etats Secondaires in Czech Symbolist and Surrealist Art"