Art History Undergraduate Prizes

The Art History Department is proud to award three student prizes each year.

Deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019

Submit essay and any required statements to Teddy Kaul at 


The art history essay prize goes to the paper that best demonstrates high standards of writing, research, creativity, and argumentation. Any paper written for an art history class between Spring 2018 – Spring 2019 (current semester) is eligible. (If you have a writing sample from an earlier semester you are interested in submitting please contact Teddy Kaul to explain situation).

Paper length should be between 8-15 pages, not including bibliography and images. (More specifically, you can submit a paper longer than 15 pages so long as the writing portion of the paper is 15 pages or fewer. The bibliography, images, etc. can extend the paper beyond the 15 page limit.)

Non-majors may apply. Submit essay along with your name, year, major(s), and contact information.

Joseph Ruzicka and Susan Fancher Art History Leadership Award

The Art History Leadership prize is awarded to the graduating senior major who has shown the greatest commitment to the art history department through creating community, promoting our programs, and demonstrating good citizenship as well as innovative thinking and potential for future scholarly excellence.

To apply to this award, please submit a letter of support from the art history academic advisor; a letter from your faculty advisor; a resume; and a two-part statement about 1) your understanding of the value of art history in an undergraduate education as well as 2) how you in particular have contributed to the field of art history (or visual or material culture) and to the UW art history department.

Art History Senior Honors Thesis Prize  

The Senior Honors Thesis Prize is awarded to Art History majors whose senior thesis project demonstrates extensive research, original argument, and creative thinking.  Advisors nominate candidates to apply.  To be eligible, students must be Art History majors enrolled in at least three (3) credits of Honors Thesis Directed Study (AH681/AH682) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. In order to apply, please submit your essay with a letter of recommendation from your senior thesis advisor by the 20 April deadline.   

Review of applications and grant selection will be conducted by the Art History Department Curriculum Committee.