Graduate Student Essay Award

The International Center of Medieval Art wishes to announce its annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA.  The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research.  Eligible essays must be produced while a student is in coursework.  The work must be original and should not have been published elsewhere.  The winner will receive a prize of $400.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we are now be able to offer a second prize as well, of $200.  The donor of this prize has suggested that “special consideration be given to those papers that incorporate some discussion of the interconnections among medieval science, technology, and art.”  Although the prize will by no means be restricted to papers that address this theme, papers that do so will be given special attention by the selection committee.

The deadline for submission is 1 March 2020.  The winners will be announced at the ICMA meeting in Kalamazoo in May.

Applicants must submit:

1.  An article-length paper (maximum 30 pages, double-spaced, not including footnotes) following the editorial guidelines of our journal Gesta.

2.  Each submission must also include a 250-word abstract written in English regardless of the language of the rest of the paper.

3.   A Curriculum vitae.

All applicants must be ICMA members.
All submissions are to be uploaded here for 2020.

Email questions to Ryan Frisinger at The winning essay will be chosen by members of the ICMA Grants and Awards Committee, which is chaired by our Vice-President.


First prize
: Nancy Thebaut (University of Chicago), “Meaningful Folds: Representing and Qualifying Christ’s Absence through his Grave Clothes, ca. 1000”
Second prize: Justin Willson (Princeton), “On the Aesthetic of Diagrams in Byzantine Art”

First prize
: Krisztina Ilko (University of Cambridge), “Forging the Augustinian Past: The Peculiar Image of St. Augustine giving his Rule to the Augustinian Friars in a late duecento Gradual”
Second prize: Netta Clavner (Birkbeck University), “Arma Angliae: The Heraldic Glass in the Great East Window of Gloucester Cathedral”

First prize
: Nicole Pulichene (Harvard), One whose Name was Writ in Wax: Reflections on the Medieval Reuse of the Boethius Diptych
Second prize: Lauren Maceross (Johns Hopkins), My eye glances at nothing unless it gives my heart delight’: Physiological Poetics in a Late Medieval Coffret at the Metropolitan Museum