This page lists awards presented to students by the Department of Art History, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, or Temple University on a one-time basis. Click on the link below for each prize or contact for information.  For short- and long-term funding opportunities for study and research, see Funding for Grad Students and Funding for Undergrads.

Awards for Graduate Students


The Eakins Lecture and Travel Fund for American Art History

Each year, the Department of Art History offers awards to graduate students matriculated in the M.A. or Ph.D. program, intended to defray travel expenses associated with delivering professional lectures on topics in American art history at national conferences or symposia.  Eligible conferences include (but are not limited to) the College Art Association, the Association of Historians of American Art, the American Studies Association, the Society of Early Americanists, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, as well as various graduate student art history symposia held at other institutions, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Art History Graduate Symposium hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  For students who present lectures at local conferences or symposia and do not incur travel expenses, an honorarium will be considered.

To be considered for an award, please submit an Art History Graduate Student Travel Request form, indicating that your topic is appropriate for Eakins Fund support.  In order to be considered for support, the student must also apply for funding through a Tyler Dean’s Grant, if paper acceptance occurs prior to the Dean’s Grant deadline.  For all funded conference talks, the student must also deliver an informal practice talk to the department, and prepare a 4-page PowerPoint presentation to be aired on the flatscreens during the Spring all-student exhibition.  Please consult with the graduate director for the proper formatting.  Applications to this Fund should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.  Award recipients will be announced at the Tyler awards ceremony in May. 

2013 recipients:

  • Sophie Sanders, "She Works Hard for the Money: Flashy Patterns and Glittery Surfaces by Mickalene Thomas." 2013 Graduate Symposium, Women in American Art,  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, February 23, 2013
  • Sarah Iepson, "Poignant Corporeality: Affect and Posthumous Photographs of Children in 19th-Century American Culture." LUCAS Graduate Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands, January 25, 2013 

2011 recipients:

  • Erin Lehman, "Taking the Count: Thomas Eakins and Middle-Class Masculinities," 32nd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Albuquerque, N.M., March 5, 2011
  • Sarah Iepson, "Death and the Child in Ambrose Andrews' The Children of Nathan Starr (1835)," 37th Annual Cleveland Symposium (theme: Matters of Life and Death: Decay and Rebirth in the Visual Domain), hosted by Case Western Reserve University and held at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, February 25, 2011

2010 recipients:

  • Joseph Larnerd, "Hot Seat: James Hampton's Throne in the Atomic Age, 31st Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture
    Association, Albuquerque, N.M., February 13, 2010
  • Laura Turner Igoe, "All Things Perish: Joseph Biays Ord and the Plight of Antebellum American Still-Life Painting," 27th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Florida State University, Tallahasse, FL, October 12, 2009


The Therese Dolan and Gunter Haase Award: for travel to present a paper at a conference

2020/2021 Dr. Marcia Hall Research Awards


Awards for Undergraduates

Awarded by the Department of Art History:


The Billikopf Awards (annual, at graduation)

The Faculty Award in Art History (annual, at graduation)

Gundersheimer Scholarship Award (annual, at graduation)

James F. DeRose Award: for a sophomore or junior major, with financial need

Other Prizes: