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.
2015 Heather Yeon Woo Lee, "Cistercians as the Authors of Bible Moralisée Codex Vindobonensis 2554"
2014 Sylvia Ngo, "Constructing Objects: An Examination of the Amherst College Collections and Their Museums"
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.
2015 Emma Rothkopf, selection of large format photographs
2014 Sylvia Li, Winter Afternoon at Esselon, The Living Room from Atop the Stairs, Afternoon Light at the Front Door, and Laundry Day
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 are expected. To apply, please submit one complete copy of the eligible thesis (in paper or electronic form) to the Office of the Director of the Mead Art Museum, AC# 2241. Electronic submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the document-sharing service https://filesender.amherst.edu/. The Wise Award for Collection Research is 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(s), and exceptional promise. To apply, please confer with your faculty advisor in the Department of Art and the History of Art. The Wise Award for Studio Art is awarded at Senior Assembly.