David M. Robb Thesis Prize

The David M. Robb Thesis Prize is awarded to a student (or students) whose senior essay merits special distinction.  The Prize is not awarded every year and is reserved for those theses that represent a substantial contribution of research, exceptional qualities of interpretation and critical reasoning, and the highest standards of composition. 

The Department is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of the following recent award-winners:

2012

James Tyler Ebeling, "Massacre:  Gérôme, Orientalism, and Violence at the 1867 Exposition Universelle" (A. Dombrowski)

2011
Pablo Barrera, "Yangjindang and Wonjijongsa:  The Syncretism of Chinese Thought and Korean Culture as seen in Hanok Architecture and Design" (N. Steinhardt) also awarded the College's Rose Prize for an Outstanding Senior Thesis
Sol Jung, "Situating Korean Ceramics in the Discourse of Mingei:  Understanding the Curatorial Concerns Surrounding the 50th Anniversary at the Japan Folk Museum" (J. Davis)

2010
Emily Kaplan, "Matisse's Surrealism, 1935-1950" (A. Dombrowski);
also awarded the College's Rose Prize for an Outstanding Senior Thesis

2009
Madeleine Grant, "Gustav Klimt and the Femme Fatale" (L. Silver)
Michael Sall, "Uncovering the Typeface behind the Text" (R. Holod)

2008
Chloe Nielsen, "Art Exhibition for Blind and Visually Impaired Audiences" (R. Holod)

2007

Jenna Moss, "The Color of Industry: Frank Stella, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol" (C. Poggi)

2006
Jackie Hayward, "Contradictory Treatments of Human Materiality: Yves Klein's Anthropometries and Air Architecture" (C. Poggi)
Melissa Shive, awarded the College's Rose Prize for an Outstanding Senior Thesis. (M. Cole)

2005
Maryse Brand, “Thomas Struth: Where a Tradition of German Documentary and Art Photography Converge” (K. Beckman)
Jessica Fain, “Tides of Resistance and Resilience: Changes in Cuban Art in the ‘Periodo Especial’,1985-1995” (K. Beckman)

2004
Meredith Gamer
, “Imag(in)ing the Capital: Maps and City Views of 17th-century Paris” (L. Silver)

2003
Erica Hope Fisher, “From Manhattan to Queens and Back Again: Art and Culture in Transit at MoMA QNS” (C. Poggi)

2002
Naureen Chowdhury, “Spectacle of the Virgins: Regarding Women in Medieval Public Spaces: An Exploration of the Sala dei Novi, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena” (R. Maxwell, S. Campbell)
Julia Wozniak, “Through a Glass Darkly: The Function of the Icon within the Iconostasis” (R. Maxwell)

2001
Shira Rudavsky

2000
Anastasia K. Schulze

1999
Peter S. Maitland

1998
Adina Leob

1997
Kristine R. Juncker, “Jan Van de Velde and the Dutch Print” (C. Minott)

1996
Bett Schumacher, “Mary Cassatt au Louvre: Subversion of the Spectacular” (S. Sidlauskas)

1995
Elizabeth Steinberg

1994
Francine Jaxkiewicz, “Mind/Rock: Reflections of Nature and Culture in the Art of Richard Long”
(C. Poggi)

1993
Nancy Kim, “The Aesthetics of Rape in Art: Artemisia Gentileschi and the Female Perspective”
(A. Kuttner, M. Campbell)

1992
Marvin Brown, “Art and the London Underground: The Vision of Frank Pick and the Formation of London Transport, 1908-1933” (C. Poggi)

1991
Steven A. Melnick, “Brothers on the Cross: The Christian Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Art of Late Medieval Italy”

1990
Thomas Dilling, “A Study of the Giottesque Allegories over the Crossing of the Lower Church of San Francesco in Assisi"