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Sidney Thomas Prize

The Thomas prize is awarded annually for best undergraduate student paper in art history. The award is named for Professor Sidney Thomas (1915-2009), a member of the department from 1961-1985. Initially trained in literary studies, Thomas began his academic career as a Shakespeare scholar before moving into art history upon his arrival at Syracuse University. Deeply devoted to humanistic scholarship, Thomas edited two benchmark publications in this area: The Nature of Art (with John Gassner, 1964) and Images of Man: Selected Readings in Arts and Ideas in Western Civilization (1972). 



2017

Benjamin Farr

Whistler's Thames Police: A Visual Alleviant for Machine Age Anxieties

2016

Sarah Poisner

Diana and Her Nymphs: The Mystery of Vermeer's Early Career

2015

Alice Blank

Furnishing Helena's Conformist Hell: An Analysis of Gothic Tropes and the Captive Maiden Archetype in Mirrormask

2010

Sarah Capper

Drawing through a Sculptor's Eyes: An Analysis of Half Figure by Henry Moore

2008

Meghan Maher

Enamel Reliquaries: Chasse with Crucifixion and Christ in Majesty

2007

Sarah Parker

Where the Rainbow Really Ends: An essay on Patrick Hughes' Painting The End of the Rainbows

2005

Brendon Kean

The Transept of Notre-Dame

2004

Jon Chonko

Boyd and Evans 22b Balcombe Street

2003

Cara Coughlin

The Urban Worker: A Modern Interpretation of a Modern Theme

2001

Jason Lamphier

Blessed or Oppressed?: A Look at Nelson's Junk Aesthetic

1999

Elizabeth Manton

Patronage and Collectors of Bosch

1998

Elizabeth Manton

The Iconographic Traditions of the Garden of Love and their Influence on 17th Century Dutch Garden Imagery

1997

Sarah Murphy

Howard Hodgkin, Representationally Abstract

1996

Robyn Fleming

The 'Noble Art of Painting: A Study of Self-Identity in the Works of Two Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painters

1995

Stacy Gerber

Arthur B. Carles and Jonas Lie: A Comparison of Two Twentieth-Century American Painters

1993

Jennifer Duehn

Frogs, Toads, and Bosch: an Examination of Selected Works

1991

Michelle Langin

The Choir Screen of the Cathedral of Strasbourg

1990

Melissa Joulwan

Capturing the Donna Mobile

1989

Juanita Grupe

Bruegel's Enigmatic Dulle Griet

1988

Gary Jones

The German Meistersinger Tradition and its Impact on the (Early 16th Century Protestant Reformation Borrowing, vis., Martin Luther and the Emerging) Lutheran Hymn Tradition

1986

Stephen Bluto (co-winner)

The Design Elements of the Cosmatesque Pavement

1986

Julie Moffat (co-winner)

Selected Iconographical Interpretations of the Van der Paele Madonna

1985

Janet Kraus

Hector Berlioz's Personality and its Influence on his Musical Career

n.b. – prior to 2007, the Thomas Award was presented to both art history and music history papers