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Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites submissions

Application deadline is June 1, 2019

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez’s research of the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection at Penn State’s Eberly Family Special Collections Library inspired the quilt project “To Honor Our Mothers.” Leaym-Fernandez was the 2018 Judy Chicago Art Education Award winner.  Credit: University of Michigan Flint Art Gallery, copyright 2018, The Elephantworks StudioAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Through the Flower, a nonprofit art organization, invites artists, scholars and educators to apply for the 2019 Judy Chicago Art Education Award. The award, named in honor of one of the Feminist Art Movement’s key founders, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a $1,500 prize along with a certificate signed by Chicago. The application deadline is June 1, 2019.

The award was established in 2011 to support projects that use Judy Chicago materials found at any of the three institutions that will comprise the Judy Chicago Portal. These institutions include:

  • Penn State University Libraries, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, which houses the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection and “The Dinner Party” Curriculum Project.

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, home of the Judy Chicago Visual Archive.

  • Harvard University’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America where Chicago’s paper archives are found.

Criteria for the completed or proposed project must include evidence of use of one or more of the three archives for research or teaching projects. Projects should encompass feminist goals such as understanding and appreciation for the achievements of women, gender equity/justice, or the use of Judy Chicago’s participatory art pedagogy informed by feminist principles. The applicant’s project also must  include a public presentation such as a lecture, publication or class activity.

The three participating institutions provide separate applications for internships and travel grants, which could be used to explore the Judy Chicago collections. More information can be found at NMWA internships, Schlesinger travel grants, and Penn State travel grants. Award submission will be accepted online only until midnight on June 1, 2019. Details, including a video of Judy Chicago discussing the award, are available online at Judy Chicago Art Education Award.

The 2019 award ceremony will be held on Oct. 17, 2019, at the Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the official launch of the Judy Chicago Portal.

Past awardee projects, including that of the 2018 recipient, Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, may be viewed at

For more information about the Judy Chicago Art Education Award administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts, contact Karen Keifer-Boyd at


Last Updated February 22, 2019