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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 December 15, 2017 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 2018 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 46th Annual Conference in New York City. This amount may be used to reimburse travel expenses, but will not apply to meals, tours, or other costs.

Submit your application online before December 15, 2017 at

Please direct questions about the award to Lee Sorensen.