Undergraduate Honors and Awards

To qualify for departmental honors, students must have a GPA of at least 3.7 in classes for the major and have submitted a senior thesis of distinction. The faculty of the Department of Art History and Archaeology submits recommendations to the Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes for confirmation. No more than ten percent of graduating majors in the department receive departmental honors each year.

2017-18 Honors and Awards

Departmental Honors were awarded to:
Alicia Schleifman
Alexandra Solovyev
Sam Velasquez

The Senior Thesis Prize was awarded to Alicia Schleifman.

The Meyer Schapiro Book Prize for Excellence in Art History was awarded to:

Irene Anastazievsky: “The Eumachia Building: Intersections of Gender and Architecture in the Forum of Pompeii” (Sponsor: Francesco de Angelis)

Aimée Auguin: “Drawing with Light: Gjon Mili’s Photography of Picasso’s Light Drawings and the Distillation of Creation within the Studio” (Sponsor: Anne Higonnet)  

Adam J. Elkhadem: “Pathetic and Popular: How Fourth-Century Greece Belonged to the Maenad” (Sponsor: Francesco de Angelis)

Yuanya Feng: “Transcending the Temporal Heterotopia in Realm of Reverberations: Chen Chieh-jen’s Documentary Fiction” (Sponsor: Christopher Phillips)

Jonah Goldman Kay: “Specters of the South: Populating Sally Mann’s Landscapes Through Memory, History and Time” (Sponsor: Jonathan Crary)

Sam Lim-Kimberg: “Between Lupe and Che: José Rodríguez-Soltero and New York Underground Film” (Sponsor: Branden Joseph)

Diana Winfield Luber: “Power and Magic: On the Performative and Talismanic Properties of Monumental Mudejar in Medieval Zaragoza” (Sponsor: Avinoam Shalem)

Amber Noé: “Love to Willem de Kooning’s Prints of 1971: Lines To and From Japan” (Sponsor: Michael Golston)

Alicia Schleifman: “Something Really Messy: Ed Ruscha’s Avant-Garde Foundations, 1974-1976” (Sponsor: Branden Joseph)

Alexandra Solovyev: “A Suprematist Fairy Tale: Text, Image, and the Infantilist Aesthetic in the Post-Revolutionary Children’s Books of El Lissitzky and Vladimir Lebedev” (Sponsor: John Rajchman)

Scott Sonnenberg: “The Way Things Are, or a Theory of Decorative Arts in the Modern Museum” (Sponsor: Anne Higonnet)

Sam Velasquez: “El Abrazo Tierno: The Politicized Motherhood in the Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin” (Sponsor: Kellie Jones)

Past Senior Thesis Prize Recipients

Benjamin Philip Davidoff, CC `17, “The Ancient Synagogue at Sardis: Religious Pluralism in the Late Roman Empire” (Sponsor: Ioannis Mylonopoulos)

Eleanor Crimmins Goerss, CC `16, “Fragmented Temple & Maiden Intact: The Art of Sanctuary and Sermon Book in the Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam Begijnhof” (Sponsor: Diane Bodart)

Martha Scott Burton, CC `15, “To Suffer a Sea-Change: The Afro-Future Female and the Aquatic in Ellen Gallagher's Watery Ecstatic” (Sponsor: Kellie Jones)

Shirlynn Sham, CC `14, “A Shocking Split: Intrusions of the Phatasmagoric into the Embodied Perceptual Model” (Sponsor: Jonathan Crary)

Isabel J. Losada Sabando, CC `13, “Pilgrimage and the New Jerusalem: A Reconstruction of the Enameled Plaques of St. Martin's Cathedral in Ourense, Spain” (Sponsor: Holger Klein)

Laura Waelbroeck, CC `12, “Furnishing Gentility: Jacques Seligmann and the Marketing of Decorative Arts, 1880-1923” (Sponsor: Anne Higonnet)

Elisabeth Stephan, GS `12, “A Spectre upon the Threshold: The X-ray's Aesthetic Aperture into Modernity” (Sponsor: Anne Higonnet)

James DeWille, CC `10, “The Body in Jesús Soto: Movement, Participation, and Performance in Soto's Art, from Early Vibrations to the Penetrables” (Sponsor: Alexander Alberro)