Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award

Tanya Sheehan, an associate professor in the department of art at Colby College, is the winner of the 2014 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award. Sheehan’s article, “Confronting Taboo: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence,” appeared in the fall 2014 issue of American Art (vol. 28, no. 3).


The Frost Award carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to recognize excellence in scholarship in the field of American art history. It is especially meant to honor an essay that advances our understanding of the history of the arts in America, demonstrates original research, and expresses fresh ideas. The essay must be clearly written, accessible in its language, and marked by a gracefulness of exposition. Funding for this award is made possible by the generous contribution of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Endowment. The prize was instituted in 2004 by the American Art Editorial Board. Each year, a rotating jury of three members of the board reviews articles appearing in the relevant volume and selects the winner.


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