2019 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

Deadline: January 15, 2019.

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize recognizes excellent scholarship by a non-U.S. citizen working in the field of historical American art. Manuscripts should advance the understanding of American art by demonstrating new findings and original perspectives. The prize winner will be given the opportunity to work toward publication in American Art, the peer-reviewed journal copublished by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Chicago Press.

The aims of the award are to stimulate and actively support international scholars working on American art topics, foster the international exchange of new ideas, and create a broad, culturally comparative dialogue on American art. Essays may focus on any aspect of historical (pre-1980) American art and visual culture; however, architecture and film studies are not eligible. Preference will be given to submissions that address American art within a cross-cultural context and offer new ways of thinking about the material. A strong emphasis on visual analysis is encouraged




1. To be eligible to participate in the competition, authors must be non-U.S. citizens who have achieved doctoral candidacy or completed a doctoral degree (or the equivalent).

2. Additionally, applicants must neither have published nor been accepted for publication in the journal American Art.

3. Manuscripts previously published in a foreign language are eligible if released within the last two years (please provide the date and venue of the prior publication).

4. Essays that have been published in English will not be considered.

5. Former applicants must submit new material if they wish to be considered again.




1. Interested authors are encouraged to submit a full application packet containing the essay/manuscript, abstract, illustrations with captions, and a curriculum vitae.

2. The manuscript should contain between 7,000 and 8,500 words (including endnotes) and approximately 12 to 14 illustrations.

3. Complete citations should be provided in the endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition.

4. A separate bibliography is helpful although it is not required, nor will it be factored into the expected word count.

5. An abstract of 500 to 1,000 words should be attached in a separate Word file that 1) clearly states the essay’s thesis and contribution to the field of American art, and 2) outlines the essay’s basic structure and methodology.

6. Essays may be submitted in any language; abstracts must be submitted in English.

7. Provide all illustrations in a separate PDF file, and caption each figure with the object’s title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and current location.

Submissions must be sent to TerraEssayPrize@si.edu by January 15, 2019. Questions or comments may be emailed to the same address.




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