Ben Farr ('18) Wins the Sidney Thomas Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper in Art History

Prof Romita Ray and Ben Farr ('18)

Prof Romita Ray and Ben Farr ('18)

May 3, 2018
  

Art history major and senior Ben Farr (’18) has won the Sidney Thomas Prize for the best undergraduate paper in art history for 2017-18. Here he is at a surprise award ceremony in the department. The prize is named after prof 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). An art history and magazine journalism double major, Ben is a wonderful mixture of literary talent and visual acuity--just like prof Thomas!