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The Holt Prize for best graduate student symposium paper is awarded annually and carries a cash prize. The award is named for Elizabeth Gilmore Holt (1905-1987), who is known for her important series of books, Sources and Documents in the History of Art. She was among the first art historians to investigate art in relationship to documentary evidence, in the process re-shaping the very way that art history is studied. Thanks to Holt's pioneering methodology, we now interpret works of art in the context of history and ideas. Elizabeth Holt was a great friend of the Department of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. She received an honorary doctorate from S.U., and Syracuse University Press published a book of essays, The Documented Image:  Visions in Art History, in her honor in 1987.



2016               Kathleen Brousseau 

                            Eero Saarinen's Dulles International Airport: A Jet-Age Monument to the Cold War

2015               Stefanie Chappell

                           The Power of Place: Amos Doolittle’s Engravings of the Battle of Lexington and Concord

2013               Alysson Biermaier

                           Panel of Plague: Mantegna’s Saint Sebastian

2011               Heather Paroubek

                           Karl Blechen’s Ruins of a Gothic Church

2010               Sarah Grzymala

                           Frans Snyders: Animals as Food to Consume and Creatures to Respect

2009               Caitlin Sweeney

                          Matteo di Giovanni’s Massacre of the Innocents and Civic Maternity in Quattrocento Siena

2008               Darin J. Stine

                           Re-identifying a Sheet of Michelangelo’s Marble Blocks

2007               Carol Huston

                          Winged Machines: Airplane Imagery in Eduardo Paolozzi’s Collages and Prints, 1946-1983

2005               Stephanie Stockbridge

                           Gassed: An Artist’s Vision of Blindness

2003               Stephanie Kuhlman

                           E de K and the Modern Woman Discourse

2002               Emily Gaines Buchler

                          Artemisia Gentileschi’s Three Paintings of Cleopatra: A Conventional Response to an Age-Old Theme

2001               Eric Ramirez-Weaver

                           Victorious Times: the Triumph over Vice in a Zodiac from the Utrecht Psalter

2000               Rahel Elmer Reger

                           19th-Century Realism and its 17th-Century Dutch Influences

1996               Betsy Purvis

                           Niccolo Dell’Arca’s Lamentation and the Confraternity of Santa Maria della Vita

1995               M. Elen Deming

                          Frank Lloyd Wright, Japonism, and the Modern Landscape: America in Search of the Universal Aesthetic of Nature

1994               Maureen Quigley

                           The Vespucci Bacchanals: Be a Busy Bee – or Get Stung

1993               Suzy Spencer

                           Dulle Griet

1992               Lawrie H. Merz

                          Lady Digby as Prudence by Anthony Van Dyck as a Reflection of Court Culture of Seventeenth-Century England

1991               John Melczer

                           The Man from Montreuil

1990               Genine Plunkett

                           Personal Sources for Durer’s Contemplative Scholar/Saint: The Late Images of St. Jerome

1989               Penni Billett

                           Her Soul Selects Her Own Society: The Secrets of Lady Butler

1988               Erick Wilberding

                           Liturgical Gestures in the Portinari Altarpiece

1987               Kirsty Mills

                           The Effect of the Sack of Rome on the Art of Rosso Fiorentino

1986               Matthew Cohen

                          Giotto’s Skyscraper: The Innovative Use of the Gothic Style in Giotto’s Original Design for the Campanile of Florence


n.b. – prior to 2015, the Holt Prize was awarded to the best graduate paper of the previous calendar year; it is now awarded to the best graduate symposium paper presented each spring