American Art History beyond the U.S.

Posted in nominations by Editor on November 22, 2009

Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize
Nominations due by 15 January 2010

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 (circa 1500—1980). The winning manuscript should advance understanding of American art and demonstrate new findings and original perspectives. It will be translated and published in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s scholarly journal, which will also cover the cost of image rights and reproductions, and the winner will receive a $500 award. This prize is made possible by 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, foster international exchange of new ideas and create a broad, culturally comparative dialogue on American art. To be eligible, essays should focus on historical American painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photography or visual culture of the same period. Preference will be given to studies that address American art within a cross-cultural context as well as new ways of thinking about American art. Manuscripts previously published in a foreign language are eligible if released within the last two years. For scholars from English-language countries, only unpublished manuscripts will be considered. Authors of eligible essays are invited to submit their own work for consideration. We urge scholars who know of eligible articles written by others to inform those authors of the prize.

The length of the essay (including endnotes) shall not exceed 8,000 words with approximately 12 illustrations. Manuscripts submitted in foreign languages should be accompanied by a detailed abstract in English. Six copies of the essay, clearly labelled “2010 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize,” along with the scholar’s name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and fax number must be received by January 15, 2010, at the following address: American Art journal, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington D.C. 20013-7012.

For more information, please contact executive editor Cynthia Mills (millsc@si.edu). For more information on American Art, please visit the journal’s website.

For Graduate Students and Artists

Posted in fellowships, graduate students by Editor on November 22, 2009

Terra Summer Residency in Giverny Fellowship
Giverny, France, Summer 2010

Applications due by 15 January 2010

Since 2001, the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny has provided artists and scholars with an opportunity for the independent study of American art within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. Located in an environment rich in historical and cultural significance, the residency fosters a community for the creation, exploration,and discussion of transatlantic cultural contributions and their contemporary resonance while building an intellectual network for lifelong exchange.

The Terra Foundation for American Art offers ten summer fellowships to artists and scholars from the United States and Europe. These fellowships are awarded to artists who have completed their studies at the Master’s level and to doctoral students engaged in research on American art (from the eighteenth century to the 1980s). During their eight-week stay, senior artists and art historians are in residence to mentor fellows and pursue their own work.

Each Terra Summer Residency Fellow is provided with lodging and study or studio space, daily lunches, and a program consisting of independent study, meetings, and seminars. Terra Summer Residency fellows are awarded a stipend of $5,000 and artists receive an additional $200 for the purchase of materials.

Applicants must be nominated by a professor at an academic institution. Such nominees must fall within one of the two following categories: American and European doctoral candidates researching a subject that contains a significant American art component, or that examines artistic exchange between America and Europe. Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their doctoral research and writing. American and European artists who have completed a Master’s program (or its equivalent) in mixed media and/or painting. Preference is given to applicants who completed a Master’s program within the past five years. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English. Knowledge of French is desirable, but not required. (more…)

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