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The ICAA Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art


The ICAA is pleased to issue a call for participation for the 2017 edition of the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. Named for the late, longtime director of the MFAH, who founded the ICAA in 2001, the award recognizes new scholarship in the field of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.

A prize of $2,500 will be granted to a graduate student, and $1,000 to an undergraduate student, who each produce outstanding academic papers based on the primary-source materials available from the digital archive Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art and its companion book series, Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art.


Any student enrolled in a graduate and/or undergraduate program in the U.S. or abroad is eligible to submit a paper for consideration for the Peter C. Marzio Award. The paper must be substantially based on the primary and critical materials available through the Documents Project digital archive, accessed through this website and companion book series distributed by Yale University Press. Papers may be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Submissions must not have been previously published nor should they be sent for consideration to other publications until the PCM Award winners have been announced. The papers will be reviewed by an award committee composed of members of the Editorial Board of the Documents Project. The two selected papers will be published in an upcoming number of the ICAA Documents Project Working Papers series, which is available on the ICAA Documents Project website.

The new deadline for 2017 submissions is July 30, 2017. Awards will be announced in December 13, 2017.

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About Peter C. Marzio

Peter C. Marzio headed the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 1982 until his death, in 2010. As director, he led the museum through three decades of unprecedented growth, including, in 2001, the establishment of the Latin American Art department and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA). Both divisions, headed by Mari Carmen Ramirez, are today leaders in the field of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. Over the past decade, the department has built a renowned collection, organized critically acclaimed exhibitions and produced award-winning publications. In keeping with Peter Marzio’s abiding commitment to research and scholarship, the centerpiece of the ICAA’s initiatives has been the development of Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, an unprecedented digital archive of some 10,000 primary-source materials related to 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. Dr. Marzio envisioned the archive as a catalyst for the future of the field, one that would inspire new generations of scholars worldwide.


About Transart Foundation

The Peter C. Marzio award is generously underwritten by The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, a private nonprofit organization based in Houston, supporting the creative process of contemporary artists and scholars, who integrate advanced and relevant social, anthropological or cultural research in their work.


Please direct any questions to:
Beatriz Olivetti, ICAA Documents Project Research and Digital Experience Specialist