The Art Department faculty established this prize in 2015. It is presented annually to a graduating Art History major who produces an outstanding capstone essay. The winning essay is commended for the strength of its research questions and argumentation, its critical and creative thinking, and the implications of its findings in and beyond the discipline of art history.

2016-17 Wilder Davies: Catharsis and Destruction: Apocalyptic Anxiety in Contemporary Japanese Art

2015-16 Shauna L. Yuan: Money Matters: Tracing the Role of the International Art Market in the Development of Contemporary Chinese Art