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Wise Award for Collection Research
Presented annually in the spring to a student in any academic department whose senior thesis, in the judgment of the Mead Art Museum’s curators and director, most effectively analyzes, interprets or responds to an object in the museum’s collection.
2013: Leslie Quiroz, Mirrors of Self-Destruction: Picasso and His Bull Figures
Wise Award for Studio Art
Presented annually in the spring to a student in the college for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The prize-winning work of art will become the property of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.
2013: Benjamin Mendez, Ceramic Head/Red Netting
2012: Oscar Bedford, Untitled
2011: Jessica Joy, Archaeopteryx
2010: Michael Greenberg, Breathe with Me
2009: William Taylor, The Sleep of Reason III-IX
2008: Sierra Cobb, Tilt 1, Tilt 3, Tilt 4, Tilt Beneath, Actualizing Tendency I-II
2007: Alexandra Boyle, Skin
2006: Miwa Ikemiya, Untitled (Fetal Position)
2005: Tracy Montigny, Resistance Campaign
2004: Jason K. Hopkins, Ronin (Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers)
2003: Zachary Yorke, Untitled
How to Apply
To be eligible for the Wise Award for Collection Research, a thesis must include a passage of at least one page that engages a museum object; it is not necessary for the entire thesis to focus on museum objects. Direct study of the work(s) of art in the Mead’s galleries or study room and consultation of curatorial files is expected. To apply for the award, please submit one complete copy of the eligible thesis (in paper or electronic form) to the Office of the Director the Mead Art Museum no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014. Electronic submissions should be sent to email@example.com using the document-sharing service https://filesender.amherst.edu/. The Wise Award for Collection Research will be awarded at Senior Assembly.
To be eligible for the Wise Award for Studio Art, an artwork must show, in the judgment of the Mead Art Museum’s curators and director, the creative expression of an original idea, the competent execution of the resulting object (or objects), and exceptional promise. To apply for the award, please confer with your faculty advisor in the Department of Art and the History of Art. The Wise Award for Studio Art will be awarded at Senior Assembly.