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Research Opportunities


Honors Program in Art History

Students admitted to the Honors Program in Art History write a substantial thesis under the direction of a faculty member. In addition, they participate in occasional writing workshops, take a graduate-level course, and present their topics to faculty and peers in a mid-year symposium. General requirements for admission to the program conform to ECAS guidelines.

Please click here for the Honors Program application. 

The Marc Ernstoff Prize in Art History

Marc ErnstoffThe Marc Ernstoff Prize in Art History supports undergraduate learning opportunities that foster connections between the visual arts and the sciences. Students may apply for funds to support such activities as summer work on excavations or in conservation labs; internship support; architectural training; or travel to exhibitions, museums, libraries, and archives to conduct research related to an independent study project or honors thesis. The prize is intended to enhance a liberal arts education through experiences that reveal how studying art and architecture helps one understand the natural world and how science and art impact one another.

Eligibility: Art History majors and minors, History/Art History majors, and Architectural Studies minors, at any stage in their academic careers.

How to Apply

Submit the following to Laurie Carter at laurie.carter@emory.edu:

  1. A statement (300-500 words) specifying exactly how you would use the funding, and how that experience would enhance your training in art history.
  2. A detailed budget.

In addition, an Emory University Art History faculty member should send a letter of endorsement directly to Laurie Carter.

What is the deadline?

April 7, 2023

What is awarded? 
Up to $2000
For More Information:
Contact Dr. Linda Merrill, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History
Office: Carlos Hall 135
 

Thanks to Dr. Ernstoff's generosity, we were able to award two Ernstoff prizes again this year!

Margaret Greene, a graduating senior majoring in Art History and graduating with High Honors, will use her Ernstoff funds to travel to the island of Samothrace to participate in the 2023 Excavations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods under the direction of Professor Bonna Wescoat. Greene will begin a PhD program in Egyptology at Brown University in the fall of 2023.

Caitlin Burns, a graduating senior majoring in Art History with a minor in Architectural Studies, will use her award to attend the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, exploring the field to craft a path for herself in architecture.

Congratulations to Margaret and Caitlin!

*Because we have not been able to award the prize for the past two years, we are giving two prizes this year to support two exemplary projects.

One prize goes to Elise Williams, who recently completed a thesis titled “The Artwork of Tragedy: Roman Children’s Funerary Altars with Portraits and their Functions,” which was awarded Highest Honors in Art History. By studying photographs and written descriptions, Elise was able to catalog 45 ancient Roman altars, documenting their iconography and inscriptions; the Ernstoff Prize will allow her to continue her research this summer by visiting the altars in person—seeing for herself the objects she has known only through imperfect images and descriptions. Many are in museums, but she also plans to visit at least some of their find spots to better understand how the altars, as originally placed, may have interacted with the landscape and even engaged with passersby. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue this topic in a PhD program, continuing to build on the foundation she established at Emory.

The second prize goes to Isabelle Bracewell, who will design and construct a native-wood table for the atrium of the Math and Science Center. Her project was conceived in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement, which she has researched this year as part of a Directed Study that culminated in a paper titled “Renovating the Interior: A Queer Reading of the Social History of the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movements in Victorian England.” The project also draws on the experience she has gained as an intern with the Physics Department, creating an exhibition of antique scientific instruments; and with the Atlanta Beltline, exploring public engagement with physical materials in both architectural and natural spaces. Her hope is to create a beautiful, lasting, and environmentally responsible monument where students in the arts and sciences can gather and converse.

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Dorothy Fletcher Paper Prize

The Dorothy Fletcher Paper Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding research paper in the history of art.

Who can compete?

Undergraduates of any year, in any major.

What kind of paper is eligible?

Research papers of approximately 10 pages, with citations and a bibliography, written for an art history course in the spring or fall semester of 2023.

How do I go about entering a paper into the competition?

Please send a copy of your paper and the completed cover sheet as email attachments to Dr. Linda Merrill, who will submit it to the prize committee. Click here to download a fillable cover sheet. 

What is the deadline?

Friday, March 8, 2024, at midnight.

What is awarded?

A small monetary prize—and, if the winner is a senior, recognition in the Commencement Program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Merrill, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History.


Winners

First Prize
Meera Sood for "Strictly Religious? An Exploration of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Practices," written for Andrew Ward's Ancient Greek Sanctuaries
Second Prize
Caitlin Burns for "Constructing Community: From the Theoretical Foundations of EPCOT to the Built Environment of Celebration," written for Christina Crawford's The Architect + the City 
Zimra Chickering for "The Imagined Jew: Hyenas, Owls, and the Mutable Imagery of the Religious 'Other,'" written for Elizabeth Pastan's Medieval Bestiary
Honorable Mention
Andee Koo for "Contrasting the Motivations of Green Suburbs: Riverside and Levittown," written for Christina Crawford's The Architect + the City
First Prize
Nick Pehrson for "Greenbelt, Maryland, as an Experiment in Socialism," written for Christina Crawford's The Architect + the City

Daniel Meek for "Revisiting Winslow Homer's Guardian Dyad," written for Linda Merrill's Winslow Homer in Context

 

2020

First Place: Victoria Gu

Second Place: Shayna Gutridge

Third Place: Rizky Etika

2019

Shared First Place: Olivia Chang and Parth Goyal

2018

First Place: Adam Ring

Honorable Mention: Cecily Spindel

2017

First Place: Ekaterina Koposova

Honorable Mention: Darby Caso

2016

Shared First Place: Madeline Drace and Jenifer Norwalk

2015

First Place: Yujun Yan

Second Place: Hannah Rose Blakeley

2014

Shared First Place: Margaret Gregg and Daniel J. Majarwitz

2013

First Place: Caitlin Ryan

Second Place: Peter Boudreau

2012

First Place: Erin Dunn

Second Place: Rebecca Levitan

Honorable Mention: Wu Rui

2011

First Place: Rebecca Pedersen

2010

Shared First Place: Jen Levy and Marie-Helene Gagnon

2009

First Place: Jen Levy

Second Place: Laura Daly

2008

First Place: Joanna Levine

Second Place: Laura Michelson

2007

First Place: Anne-Marie Gann

2006

Shared First Place: Emily Bacher and Nicole Cridland

2005

First Place: Peter Clericuzio

Second Place: Joshua Backer

2004

Shared First Place: Peter Clericuzio and Plamena Milusheva

2003

First Place: Tim Adams

Second Place: Scott Walter

The Blavatnik Fund for Experiential Learning

The Blavatnik Fund for Experiential Learning was established to expand and enhance learning and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Eligible students may apply for funding that can be used for a variety of experiences, from local events to larger travel.

Eligibility

Art History majors and minors, History/Art History majors, and Architectural Studies minors, at any stage in their academic careers.

How to apply

Submit the following to Laurie Carter at laurie.carter@emory.edu:

  1. A statement (300–500 words) specifying exactly how you would use the funding, and

    how that experience would enhance your training in art history.

  2. A detailed budget.

In addition, an Emory University Art History faculty member should send a letter of endorsement directly to Laurie Carter.

What is the deadline?

Students may apply at any time during the academic year.

What is awarded?

Up to $2000

For more information

Contact Dr. Linda Merrill, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History lmerri2@emory.edu, Carlos Hall 135

Thanks to the generosity of the Blavatnik family, twelve students will be able to participate in various experiential learning experiences this summer. Funds were awarded to the following students:

Audra Buffington (24C), Art History Major
Summer 2023 travel to Sicily

Jada Chambers (23C), Art History Major
Attending the Summer 2023 Emory Art History Study Abroad program in Rome

Alyssa Colen (25C), Architectural Studies Minor
Attending the Career Discovery Program at Harvard Graduate School of Design, summer 2023

Julia Danko (24C), Art History Minor
Attending the Career Discovery Program at Harvard Graduate School of Design, summer 2023

Elise Etrheim (23C), Art History Minor
MFA Pathways Object Conservation Pre-program Internship at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, summer 2023

Elena Ghitan (23C), Architectural Studies Minor
Attending the 2023 season of the American Excavations on Samothrace

Kacey Gu (24C), Art History Major
Conducting research for her senior honors thesis on the Wu School of paintings in Suzhou, China

Eleanor Ma (24C), Art History Major
Conducting research for her senior honors thesis on the feminist art collective, the Guerrilla Girls

Hattie Poston (24C), Art History Major
Attending the 2023 season of the Argilos, Greece Field School

Lonnie Reid (24C), Art History Major
Attending the 2023 season of the American Excavations on Samothrace

Aviva Wright (26C), Architectural Studies Minor
Attending the Career Discovery Program at Harvard Graduate School of Design, summer 2023

Robin Yang (23C), Architectural Studies Minor
Attending the Summer Institute in Environmental Design at UC Berkeley

Internships

There are many opportunities for Art History students to gain hands-on experience working in their areas of interest. Below are links to the internship requirements and lists of museums and galleries approved by the Art History Department.