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Write about art and win $3,000.
Now accepting papers from undergraduates and recent graduates on topics including art collecting and the art market. Apply before November 21, 2016 for a chance to win $3,000.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) have partnered in the launch of an annual research award for students writing on the subjects of art collecting and the art market.
The research award presents a unique opportunity to inspire and recognize a deserving student while also promoting the creative use of art scholarship and information resources. The Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award for a paper on collecting and the art market is awarded annually to recognize excellence in a student paper or digital art history project on a topic relevant to the art market. Topics may include but will not be limited to the sale, collecting, and provenance of artworks, and historical or contemporary factors and trends that affect the business of art and connoisseurship. Topic emphasis should be on the art market.

Participants can enter the competition if they are undergraduate – or recently graduated – students, and papers will be reviewed by a dedicated ARLIS/NA committee. One exemplary paper or digital art history project will be chosen to receive the Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award, to be presented and announced in February 2017 at the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

Prizes include:

  • $3,000 to the research award winner
  • $2,000 to the sponsoring library/institution
  • Up to $1,000 travel support for the student and/or sponsoring library member's attendance at the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • Opportunity to present the Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • The SIA Award paper will be published in Art Documentation at the discretion of the editor.

Submit your application online before November 21, 2016 at
Please direct questions about the award to Samantha Deutch, Chair, ARLIS/NA Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award Sub-Committee.

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