The Geballe Prize for Writing

The Geballe Prize was established to encourage Stanford University faculty and students to utilize the Cantor Arts Center as a resource for intellectual discovery by honoring outstanding examples of writing related to the Center, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose or poetry written by first and second year undergraduate students independently or as part of coursework in any discipline. Winners receive a $500 cash award and are recognized at a special program at the Center. In addition, winning submissions are considered for publication in the biennial Cantor Arts Center Journal.

Past Awards
2013
Essay: Kalyn McCall, "Divine Humanity: Henry Fuseli's Adam and Eve (1796-1799)" written for History 132a: The Enlightenment and the Arts

 

Creative Prose: Leow Hui Min Annabeth, "The Word Made Me" written in response to Aisha Khalid's Name, Class, Subject in the exhibition The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition

 

Poetry: Kasiemobi Udo-okoye, "The Old Taste of Being Frozen" inspired by Auguste Rodin's Eve

 

2012   
   
Essay: Maya Krishnan, "The Artist, the Outlaw, and the Institutionalization of Rebellion" written for History 132a: The Enlightenment and the Arts

 

Creative Prose: Helen Anderson, "Figure Ate" inspired by Richard Serra's Sequence

 

 


2011          
Kevin Chow, "China in Flux: Changing Images in Chinese Landscape Painting" written for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric: Speaking About Art/Narrating the Cantor's Collections



2010         
Lee Axelrod,"The Influence of Location: How California Affected the Bay Area Figurative Artists" written for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric: Speaking about Art


2009         
Miles Osgood, “Of the Devil’s Party? Thomas Stothard and the Nascent Romantic Satan” written for History 132a: The Enlightenment and the Arts

This paper was published in the Cantor Arts Center Journal, vol. 6.

2008         
Cynthia He, "Metamorphosis in Progress: Reflections on My Relationship with the Cantor Arts Center" written for Psychiatry 76Q: Temperament and Creativity in Mood Disorders

 

2007         
prize not awarded

2006         
Alex Blackstock, "Seeing Red: The Bolshevik Poster Propaganda Campaign and the Psychology of Social Cohesion" written for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric: Speaking with Things: The Rhetoric of Display


2005         
Winnie Chen, “The Printing Process as Political Critique“ written for the Introduction to Humanities course: Epic Journeys, Modern Quests

 


About: The Geballe Prize for Writing expanded in 2012 to three separate awards:

• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Creative Prose
• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Poetry
• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Essay

  • All first- and second-year Stanford University undergraduate students who write research or expository papers, creative prose, or poetry that relates in some way to the Cantor Arts Center, its collections, exhibitions, or programs, are eligible.
  • Entries should be meticulously revised, edited, and free of any errors in format, documentation, usage, or mechanics. Entries should be ready for publication.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers for strong and expressive style, complex thought, cogent language, and active engagement with art or related activities at the Cantor Arts Center.
  • Each winner will receive a $500 cash award.
  • Finalists for the 2014 prize will be invited to present and discus their work to the public at the Cantor Arts Center on the evening of Thursday, April 24. Winnders will be notified in May and will receive a $500 cash award at a celebratory luncheon.
  • In addition, winning submissions are considered for publication in the biennial Cantor Arts Center Journal.
  • The prize is supported by the Geballe Fund for Academic Initiatives in the Cantor Arts Center.

Submission Procedure: Submit each entry with five copies. Only one copy should include the identity of the author; the other four copies should cite only the title of the piece.

  • A completed entry form should accompany each submission.
  • Stanford faculty members are encouraged to nominate students’ written pieces for any of the three Geballe Prizes.

Deadline: 5 pm of the first Friday in April of each year (for papers written during the previous three academic quarters: the previous spring, fall, and closing winter quarter).

Questions? Contact Issa Lampe at 650-725-6099 or ilampe@stanford.edu

Send entries to:
Issa Lampe, Interim Curator of Education
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5060



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