Art History Awards and Scholarships

The Hallie Ford Art Scholarship

was established by Mrs. Ford, who was a Willamette University trustee for many years and a generous benefactor to the University. Recipients of this academic scholarship are chosen by the Art History faculty according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • Female Art History major.
  • Oregon resident.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Past Recipients

2013-2014
Victoria Gray, Class of 2014
2012-2013
Winifred Albright, Class of 2014
2011-2012
Vanessa Gallegos, Class of 2012

The Roger P. Hull Art Museum Award

was established in 2011 in honor of Roger P. Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History (1970-2010) and Faculty Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  The award celebrates Prof. Hull’s vision, which led to the establishment of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, as well as his commitment to outstanding exhibition programming and related scholarship.  This is an annual award for one or more senior Art History majors.  Recipients for this award are chosen by the Art History faculty in consultation with the museum staff according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contributions to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in the context of an internship or some other related activity, such as a research or exhibition project.
  • Quality of independent work, including creativity and ambition in pursuing museum-related projects.
  • Continued involvement and engagement with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and its exhibitions and programs.
  • Professional demeanor and reliability; serving as a role model and leader for other students.
  • Expressed interest in a museum-related career.

Past Recipients

2012-2013
Patrick Newhall, Class of 2013
2011-2012
Olivia Lawther, Class of 2012
Reva Main, Class of 2012

The Esther Wright Huffman Art Scholarship


was established by Dr. Norman A. Huffman in memory of his wife, Esther, who taught art at Willamette from 1947 to 1951. It is awarded by the Art History faculty in alternate years to an Art History major in their junior or senior year in good academic standing.


2012-2013
Jessica Sternbach, Class of 2013
Katharine Schroeder, Class of 2013

The Joy Lorraine Hayhurst Award

was established by Joy Hayhurst ‘84 to honor outstanding academic achievement as well as ongoing contribution to and engagement with the Department of Art History for a senior major.

2012-2013
Virginia Van Dine, Class of 2013
2011-2012
Olivia Lawther, Class of 2012
Reva Main, Class of 2012

The Erwin Panofsky Research Award

was established in 2011 to honor students who have explored challenging topics of research and achieved remarkable results in their papers from a critical as well as historical standpoint. This is an annual award for one or more Art History majors or minors. Recipients for this award are chosen by the Art History faculty according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding quality of a substantial research paper.
  • Excellence of work, including scholarly rigor and mastery of interpretive methods.
  • Autonomy and consistency throughout the research process.
  • Originality of the chosen subject(s) of investigation.
  • Richness of language and meta-critical connections.
2012-2013
Lauren Johnson, Class of 2013
2011-2012
Hayley Scott, Class of 2012

Departmental Honors

are awarded at graduation to a small number of outstanding senior Art History majors who have distinguished themselves through the quality of their research and their service to the department. Recipients for this award are chosen by the Art History faculty according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.7 or higher in the Art History major.
  • Completion of at least two 300-level courses before receipt of the four-year degree.
  • Excellent achievement in the senior thesis.
  • Professional demeanor and reliability; serving as a role model and leader for other students.
  • Quality of independent work, including creativity and ambition in pursuing Art History-related projects.
  • Clear engagement with the department and its activities over the course of the undergraduate degree.
  • Potential for future excellence in Art History.
Past Recipients
Alisa Alexander
Erin Beard
Elise Cherpin
Laura Crisp
Alyson Ebzery
Samantha Forsko
Raino Isto
Kurt Johnson
Susan Johnson
Sarah Liberatore
Alison Maki
Read McFaddin
Paige Morton
Ryder Nishioka
Kathryn Pawlick
2012-2013
Lauren Johnson
Jessica Sternbach
Virginia Van Dine
2011-2012
Alice Hill
Olivia Lawther
Reva Main
Emily McDowell
Hayley Scott