Dora Wiebenson Prize

Each year HECAA awards the Wiebenson Prize for an outstanding graduate student paper presented during the previous calendar year at a scholarly conference or as a sponsored lecture. Announced at HECAA’s annual business meeting (each spring at ASECS), the prize includes modest remuneration.

The prize is named for Dr. Dora Wiebenson (1926–2019), who served as HECAA’s first president from 1993 to 1995. Professor Wiebenson received her PhD from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1964 and taught eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architectural history at the University of Virginia. She was a distinguished scholar, a pioneer of eighteenth-century visual studies, and one of the first female full professors in the discipline. It was Professor Wiebenson who had the inspired idea to establish the ASECS affiliate group, Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture, in 1993.

By 15 February 2020, each applicant should submit an electronic copy of the paper for consideration—as read, without notes, but with illustrations—to Amelia Rauser, who will then forward the submissions to an ad hoc committee responsible for selecting the winner. Honorable mention is also an option for papers of distinction not chosen for the prize. Recipients must be HECAA members in good standing.


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P R E V I O U S  R E C I P I E N T S

2019  Jennifer Chuong, “Engraving’s ‘Immoveable Veil of Black’: Phillis Wheatley’s Portrait and the Politics of Technique,” CAA, 2018

2018  Kee II Choi Jr., “‘In All Things Must the Ancients Be Imitated’: Vases and Diplomacy at the Qing Court,” Diplomatic Presents between China and Europe, 2017

2017  Isabelle Masse, Entre pastel et photographie: les portraits de Gerrit Schipper au Bas-Canada (1808–1810)”

2016  Oliver Wunsch, “Face Time: Permanence and Pastel Portraiture,” CAA, 2016

2015  Ashley Bruckbauer, “The Little (Cochinchinese) Prince: Diplomatic Masquerade and the Construction of Fantasy in Maupérin’s Portrait of Prince Canh”

2014  William L. Coleman,”‘Both Instructive and Pleasant’: The Country House Garden in Vitruvius Britannicus

2013  Hyejin Lee, “The Language of Magic in Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s Food Still Lifes”

2012  Susan Wager, “Madame de Pompadour’s Indiscreet Jewels: Boucher, Reproduction, and Luxury in Eighteenth-Century France”

2011  Hilary Coe Smith, “A New Approach to Measuring Taste in the Parisian Art Market”

2010  Georgina Cole, “Picturing Privacy: Doors in Jean-Baptiste Chardin’s Genre Paintings”

2009  Jessica Priebe, “François Boucher and the Rituals of Display in Eighteenth-Century Conchology” AND David Pullins, “Mapping Chinoiserie onto the Neoclassical House: Robert Adam’s Designs ‘in the Chinese Taste’”

2008  No prize awarded

2007  Sally Ann Grant, “Play in the Garden in Eighteenth-Century Venice”

2006  Christina Lindeman, “Constructing a Cosmopolitan Identity: Portraits of Anna Amalia, Duchess of Sachsen-Weimar”

2005  No prize awarded

2004  Denise Amy Baxter, “Jean-François de Troy’s tableaux de mode: Defining a Fashionable Genre in Early Eighteenth-Century France”

2003  Andria Derstine, “Statues and Stature: The Accademia di San Luca from 1675 to 1725”

2002  Michael Yonan, “Imperial Identity and Roman Authority: Pompeo Batoni and the Austrian Habsburgs”

2001  No prize awarded

2000  Andrew Graciano, “Botanical Sensibility: Joseph Wright of Derby’s Portrait of Brooke Boothby (1781) Reconsidered”

1999  Lisa Koruga, “Las Vegas Lagoon: Canaletto’s Paintings”

1998  Candace Jean Kern, “Boucher’s Cabinet at the Louvre, 1771”

1997  Mary Salzman, “Jean-François de Troy’s The Reading from Molière and the Eighteenth-Century Salon Interior”