Tryon Prize for Writing

The Tryon Prize is a monetary prize awarded by a jury for outstanding writing that examines art or ideas associated with the Smith College Museum of Art. Any Smith student may compete for the prize.

The Tryon Prize is named for Dwight W. Tryon, painter, benefactor of the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA), and professor of art at Smith College from 1886 to 1923 and is endowed by members of SCMA’s Visiting Committee.

Submission Guidelines

1. Please e-mail your entry to museduc@smith.edu as a Word document with your last name as title. You must include a cover page with your:
Name, Title of Work, Class Year
Email
Phone
2. If the work was written for a course, include a description of the assignment.

Send your submission to museduc@smith.edu
Deadline: Entries must be electronically sent no later than noon, Friday, May 2, 2014.
Contact: 413 585 2677 or museduc@smith.edu

Download (pdf)  Submission Guidelines

Tryon Prize Awards for Writing

2013

Jamie Samdahl ’15

  • June(a poem after Christ of the Incas by Georges Henri Rouault)

Anna Mokros ‘13 & Shama Rahman ’13

  • Introducing a Portrait Gallery to Smith College Museum of Art

Honorable Mention

Susan Liang, ’13

  • Being Contemporary: The Contemporaneity of Contemporary Chinese Art

2012

Vanessa Brewster AC

  • Painted Words (poetry)

Margaret Kurkoski ’12

  • Pieces of the Past: Romanization in the House of Cilicia

Honorable Mention

Amy Lam ’12

  • Daily Leisure (painting by Zou Li) & The Maple Leaf (poem by Han Cuiping)

2011

Erin Kelly AC

  • Schoolteacher, The Pear Tree, and Charcoal Ghost (poetry)
  • Second Prize

Phoebe Harris ’11

  • Milk and Water

2010

Alessandra Amin ’12

  • Instabilities of Form, Norm: Subjectivity in Mary Bauermeister’s Joie et Nuit

2009

Emily Casey '09

  • ‘A fully-developed womanhood’: the collecting of fine art and a woman's education at Smith College,1875-1910.

2008

Katrina Greene ’08

  • Constructing a Tragedy: Geometric Analysis of the Daughter of Jephthah

Marja van der Loo ’08

  • The Girl Next Door: The Quest for Privacy in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Homes

Rebecca Mueller ’08

  • The Death of J.P. Morgan

2007

No entries were selected for an award.

2006

Carolyn Creedon AC

  • Evensong, The Real Apple, Hillyer Blues, Inside and Outside (poetry)

2005

Debra Klein ‘07

  • Echo Lake, Franconia Mountains, New Hampshire: Albert Bierstadt's Vision of Harmony and Balance

Sharon Davenport AC

  • Performing Modernity: La Table

Maeve Montalvo ‘07

  • An Echoing Gaze and Wordless Song: Form as Narrative in Albert Bierstadt's Echo Lake

2004

Rachel Fendler ‘04

  • Method and Meaning in ‘Minkisi Minkondi’

Morgan Beucler ‘04

  • Flat-bottomed Aryballos

Honorable Mention

Rebecca Alexander ‘04

  • Do-Ho Suh and Yinka Shonibare:  Exploring the Ambiguities of ‘Home’