Davis Art Prize for Writing

Please note that the deadline for the 2020 prize has been extended to April 10. 

Call for Entries:

Wellesley students are invited to compete for the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ‘28 Art Prize for Writing by submitting a paper about any object or event associated with the Davis Museum. Topics may include:

  • Objects from the permanent collections or exhibited during temporary exhibitions
  • Any aspect of Museum programming
  • The Davis Museum itself

Papers will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff members representing the Davis Museum, the Art Department, and the Writing Program. The panel will award $300 for the winning paper, and the name of the prizewinner will be announced at Commencement.


  • This competition is open to all Wellesley College students.
  • Papers written during the Spring 19, Fall 19, and Spring 20 semesters, including those written for independent studies, are eligible.
  • Each student may submit only one paper.
  • Honors theses are not eligible. A paper being submitted for another prize (e.g. sponsored by a department) is also ineligible.

How to Enter:

Entries must include the paper and a cover letter that contains your name, class year, and campus address; the name of the professor and course for which you wrote the paper; and a brief description of the assignment and the date the paper was submitted. Send submissions as e-mail attachments to davis-art-writing-prize@wellesley.edu by noon on April 1.

Questions? Email Heather Hughes, the Kemper Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs and Exhibitions at the Davis Museum at davis-art-writing-prize@wellesley.edu. For resources to improve your writing, including tips for submitting a prizewinning paper, we encourage you to visit the Writing Program website.