Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts


Students Awards and Accomplishments

Outstanding Essay Award

All students, regardless of major, are welcome to submit research-based papers prepared in their art history courses to be considered for the essay prize contest. The Outstanding Essay Award is given in late spring of each academic year, and it was created to encourage students to achieve excellence in writing. Essays should be a minimum of six typewritten pages in length, and they are judged by a faculty committee. Winners receive a book tailored to their individual art historical interest as well as a certificate.

Past Outstanding Essay Awards:

  • Sarah Cramer, 2015
  • Dillon Mills, 2013
  • Valerie Kenneson, 2013
  • Elizabeth Nichols, 2012
  • Allie Brandt, 2012
  • Thomas Kuipers, 2012
  • Jayne Mack, 2010
  • Jennifer Van Dame, 2009
  • Ann Fields, 2009
  • Fa;llon Peers, 2009
  • Yawen Hu, 2008
  • Kyle Sweeney, 2008

Excellence in Art History

This award honors art history majors, one of them each year, usually a graduating senior, who is given this award for maintaining an excellent average in courses within the art history major.

Past Excellence in Art History Awards:

  • Lindsey Zachman, 2013
  • Kellye Longgood, 2012
  • Stacey Smythe, 2010
  • Kyle Sweeney, 2009
  • Leslie Houin, 2008

Literary Awards: Outstanding Essay in the History of the Visual Arts

All students are welcome to submit research papers for consideration for Literary Awards offered by the English Department at Purdue, specifically, for an Outstanding Essay in the History of the Visual Arts, not necessarily restricted to papers written in art history courses. The award is granted each spring. Entries are to be hand-delivered to the Main Office of the Department of English, 324 Heavilon Hall, at the beginning of February. Awards are presented at the Literary Awards banquet in April.

Past Literary Awards in the Visual Arts:

  • Kathryn Math, 2016
  • Michaelene Wreth, 2015 (CLA Dean's Award for Best Undergraduate Entry)
  • Selina Hammond, 2014
  • Dustin Meyer (Honorable Mention), 2014
  • David Warrick, 2013
  • Katherine Morrison, 2012
  • Jayne Mack, 2011
  • Elizabeth Nichols, 2011

Publications and Museum-Related Activities

The faculty in art history regularly publishes articles and books in their individual fields of specialization. We also put on public exhibitions, dealing with art of the past and present of both western and non-western origin, and these shows have featured, among other topics, African, Japanese, and Latin American art. The exhibitions’ content embraces a variety of media such as sculpture, textiles, painting, printmaking, and photography. Students play an essential role in preparing and installing the exhibitions. The Art History Student Organization sponsors field trips that recently have taken us to the Frank Lloyd Wright house in West Lafayette, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Art Institute of ChicagoARTL@S Bulletin 

Professor Dossin serves as Chief-Editor of the ARTL@S Bulletin, a peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal devoted to spatial and transnational questions in the history of the arts, published by the École normale supérieure in partnership with the Centre pour la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and Purdue University. By encouraging scholars to continuously shift the scope of their analysis from the national to the transnational, ART@S Bulletin intends to contribute to the collective project of a global history of the arts.

IMACirculations in the Global History of Art, edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (2015)

The project of global art history calls for balanced treatment of artifacts and a unified approach. This volume, co-edited by Professor Dossin, emphasizes questions of transcultural encounters and exchanges as circulations. It presents a strategy that highlights the processes and connections among cultures, and also responds to the dynamics at work in the current globalized art world.

Samara HouseThe Rise and Fall of American Art, 1940s–1980s: A Geopolitics of Western Art Worlds by Catherine Dossin (2015)

In The Rise and Fall of American Art, 1940s-1980s, Catherine Dossin challenges the now-mythic perception of New York as the undisputed center of the art world between the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall, a position of power that brought the city prestige, money, and historical recognition. Dossin reconstructs the concrete factors that led to the shift of international attention from Paris to New York in the 1950s, and documents how ’peripheries’ such as Italy, Belgium, and West Germany exerted a decisive influence on this displacement of power.



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