The Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American Art, the scholarly journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The award carries a $1,000 cash prize.
The Frost Award 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.
All contributions, including articles, interviews, and commentaries, appearing in American Art in the past calendar year/volume are eligible. No work written by an employee of the museum or the journal’s Editorial Board will be considered.
Each year, a rotating jury of three members of the American Art Editorial Board reviews articles appearing in the relevant volume and selects the winner.
For information on how to subscribe or submit an article to American Art, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit www.journals.uchicago.edu/amart.
Frost Essay Award Recipients
2021: Christina Michelon,“The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait,” Summer 2021 issue (vol. 35, no. 2): 78-101. View press release | Read abstract
2019: Diana L. Linden, “'In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King': White Privilege and White Masks in William Christopher’s Paintings of 1963,” Fall 2019 (vol. 33, no. 3): 56-73. View press release | Read abstract
2014: Tanya Sheehan, “Confronting Taboo: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence,” Fall 2014 (vol. 28, no. 3): 28-51. Read abstract
2013: Max Fraser, “Hands Off the Machine: Workers’ Hands and Revolutionary Symbolism in the Visual Culture of 1930s America,” Summer 2013 (vol. 27, no. 2): 94-117. Read abstract
2012: Ethan W. Lasser, “Selling Silver: The Business of Copley’s Paul Revere,” Fall 2012 (vol. 26, no. 3): 26-43. Read first page of article
2011: JoAnne Mancini, “Pedro Cambón’s Asian Objects: A Transpacific Approach to 18th-Century California,” Spring 2011 (vol. 25, no. 1): 28-51. Read first page of article
2010: Patricia Junker, “Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, and the Spirit of 1916,” Fall 2010 (vol. 24, no. 3): 26-51. Read first page of article
2009: John Ott, “Reform in Redface: The Taos Society of Artists Plays Indian,” Summer 2009 (vol. 23, no. 2): 80-107. Read first page of article
2008: ShiPu Wang, “Japan against Japan: U.S. Propaganda and Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Identity Crisis,” Spring 2008 (vol. 22, no. 1): 28-51. Read abstract
2007: Ellen G. Landau, “Double Consciousness in Mexico: How Philip Guston and Reuben Kadish Painted a Morelian Mural,” Spring 2007 (vol. 21, no. 1): 75-97. Read abstract
2006: Michael Clapper, “Thomas Kinkade’s Romantic Landscape,” Summer 2006 (vol. 20, no. 2): 76-99. Read abstract
2005: Sue Taylor, “Grant Wood’s Family Album,” Summer 2005 (vol. 19, no. 2): 48-67. Read abstract
2004: Sally Stein, “The President’s Two Bodies: Stagings and Restagings of FDR and the New Deal Body Politic,” Spring 2004 (vol. 18, no. 1): 32-57. Read abstract