Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award

Publish Date: Oct 10, 2016

Deadline: Nov 01, 2016


The Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award subcommittee of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) welcomes nominations by its members to recognize excellence in a student paper or digital art history project on a topic relevant to collecting or the art market. Topics may include but will not be limited to the sale, collecting and provenance of artworks, historical or contemporary factors and trends that affect the business of art and connoisseurship. Topic emphasis should be on the art market. This award presents a unique opportunity to inspire and recognize a deserving student while also promoting the creative use of art scholarship and information resources.

One exemplary paper or digital art history project will be chosen to receive the Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award, to be presented and announced in February 2017 at the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

Award Details

  • $3,000.00 award to the student authoring the paper.
  • $2,000.00 award to the sponsoring library.
  • Up to $1,000 travel support for the student and/or sponsoring library member's attendance at the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. This amount may be used to reimburse travel expenses, but will not apply to meals, tours, or other costs.
  • Opportunity to present the SIA Award paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • The SIA Award paper will be published in Art Documentation at the discretion of ARLIS/NA Art Documentation editor.

Submission Requirements

All nominators must include their and the nominee's (student's and mentoring librarian's) mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications. Sotheby's Art Institute will be given the winner's contact information and, unless told otherwise, we'll grant access to Sotheby's Art Institute the contact information for all nominees and nominators.

Paper submissions must include:

  • 10-25 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
  • An abstract of 250 words.
  • Title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the sponsoring library and member(s) who assisted the student.
  • At minimum a paragraph chronicling the extent of collaboration between the sponsoring Library and/or Librarian.
  • Bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, or MLA style.
  • In addition, authors should inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.

Digital art history research project submissions must include:

  • An abstract of 250 words.
  • Findings and methodologies: 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
  • Additionally, the extent of collaboration between the sponsoring Library and/or Librarian should be chronicled within the findings and methodologies.
  • Digital file or URL for a web-based project.
  • The project must be accessible to all of the committee members for review. Login credentials must be provided if required to access the site.


Samantha Deutch, MLIS
Assistant Director
Center for the History of Collecting
Frick Art Reference Library, The Frick Collection
10 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
PH: (212) 547-6894
Fax: 212.547.0680

For more information click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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