The Geballe Prize for Writing

Submit your writing about the Cantor, and you could win $750!

NEW for 2017: The Geballe Prize is now open to all Stanford undergraduates!


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 Cantor, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose or poetry written by any undergraduate independently or as part of coursework in any discipline. Winners receive a $750 cash award and are recognized at a special program at the Cantor.

About: The Geballe Prize for Writing consists of three separate awards:

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

  • All undergraduate Stanford University 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 $750 cash award.
  • Winners will be notified in May and will receive their award at a celebratory luncheon.
  • The prize is supported by the Geballe Fund for Academic Initiatives in the Cantor Arts Center.

Submission Procedure: Email your entry along with a completed entry form to Kim Mansfield.

Please note: Entries must be about the Cantor Arts Center. We are unable to consider submissions about the Anderson Collection.


Entries are limited to one per person per category.


Stanford faculty members are encouraged to nominate students’ written pieces for any of the three Geballe Prizes.


Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5 pm

Questions? Contact Kim Mansfield, Manager of Student Engagement, at 650-497-0360 or

Past Awards



Essay: Grace Hong, "At the Intersection: Gender and Race in Queen Jane Approximately" written for ITALIC 93


Creative Prose: Ricky Cordova, "Interaction of Color" inspired by Josef Albers' Interaction of Color


Poetry: Claudia Heymach, "Figures of the City" inspired by Ana Mendieta's Silueta series



Essay: Eva Epker, "A Conveyance of Rationality or a Connection to an Irrational World" based on Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder's Flowers in a Glass Vase written for Art History 1b: Introduction to the Visual Arts


Creative Prose: Caleb Colby, "A Door Through Time" based on Richard La Barre Goodwin's Cabin Door written for Art History 154: The American Civil War: A Visual History


Poetry: Mysia Anderson, "This is a Declaration of Black Women's Bodies" inspired by Zanlee Muholi's Pam Dlungwana, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011



Essay: Taiwon Kim, "The Token: Gottlieb's Attempt to Reach the Unconscious" written for Art History 1b: Introduction to the Visual Arts


Creative Prose: McGregor Joyner, "Cocktail Party at the Cantor," imagining a conversation in the Friedenrich Gallery


Poetry: Monica Chan, "This New Fashion" inspired by Sokari Douglas Camp's Accessories Worn in the Delta


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


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



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

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

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.

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


prize not awarded

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

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