Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize was established in 1957, in memory of a founding member of the CAA and one of the first American scholars of the discipline. This award seeks to encourage high scholarly standards among younger members of the profession. The prize is awarded for a distinguished article published in The Art Bulletin during the previous calendar year (2012 for the 2013 award) by a scholar of any nationality who is under the age of thirty-five or who has received the doctorate not more than ten years before acceptance of the article for publication.
Sascha Scott’s article “Awa Tsireh and the Art of Subtle Resistance,” published in the December 2013 issue of The Art Bulletin, ambitiously walks a fine line between the demands of scholarship and the ethics of exploitation. Using the example of Awa Tsireh’s work from the early twentieth century, Scott shows that Pueblo paintings promoted and displayed by Anglos as authentically Native American in fact withheld cultural knowledge, while also offering a new framework for the study of modern Pueblo paintings that restores agency to the artists who made them. In addition, the author elucidates the balance Awa Tsireh found between two philosophical systems of knowledge—an Anglo one that seeks to share knowledge versus a Native American one that aims to control it—and convincingly identifies the artistic methods of evasion, misdirection, coding, and masking as subtly resisting Anglo regimes.
One of CAA’s longest-running awards, the Porter prize has been awarded to superb articles in Western European art and architecture but has increasingly recognized a wider range of topics (in American, Chinese, Japanese, and Assyrian art) since the 1990s. Past winners include three-time winner Irving Lavin (1960, 1963, and 1970) and, most recently, Marnin Young, Fabio Barry, and Elizabeth Marlowe. Of special note is the 1967 Porter given to Linda Nochlin for her article “Gustave Courbet’s Meeting: A Portrait of the Artist as a Wandering Jew.”
Read a list of all winners of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from 1958 to the present.
CAA will begin accepting nominations for the 2015 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize later this spring.