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Elizabeth Gilmore Holt Prize

The Holt Prize for the best graduate student symposium paper was awarded annually until 2017 and carried a cash prize. The award was 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. The Holt Prize has been supplanted by the Laurinda Dixon Prize.



2017

Irene Garcia

Painting Disenchantment? The Baquiné and the Shadow of Colonialism in Francisco Oller's "The Wake" (1893)

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