Peter C. Marzio Award


The ICAA is pleased to issue a call for participation for the 2020 edition of the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art. Named for the late, longtime director of the MFAH, who oversaw the establishment of the ICAA in 2001, the award recognizes new scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary 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 Latin American and Latino Art and its companion book series, Critical Documents of 20th‐Century Latin American and Latino Art. The papers will be reviewed by an award committee composed of faculty members in the ICAA network of scholars. The two selected papers—one graduate and one undergraduate-level paper—will be published in the expanded digital Working Papers series.

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

The deadline for submissions is November 23rd, 2020. Awards will be announced in early 2021.


Any graduate or upper-level undergraduate student enrolled in a 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. 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. We urge students who are intending to submit papers to have their submissions proofread by their academic advisor and at least one other editor who is proficient in the language in which their papers were written.

Please direct questions to:
Liz Donato, Research Specialist, ICAA at


Undergraduate students should submit a paper between 15 and 20 pages in length, excluding cover page, bibliography and appendices.

Graduate students should submit a paper between 20 and 25 pages in length, excluding cover page, bibliography and appendices.

The application form and essay materials should be submitted to Liz Donato, ICAA Research Specialist, at


• Prospective candidates should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all formatting, including
footnotes and bibliography.
• Papers should be double‐spaced; Times New Roman Font, point size 12; should allow for one‐inch margins; and should contain footnotes, not endnotes.
• All images should be in JPG format and must include captions.
• In addition, the ICAA Record ID must be provided for all documents accessed through the Documents Project’s digital archive.


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 Ramírez, are today leaders in the field of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American and Latinx 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 Latin American and Latino Art project. Dr. Marzio envisioned the archive as a catalyst for the future of the field, one that would inspire new generations of scholars worldwide.