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2020 Geballe Prize for Writing Winners Announced

2020 Geballe Prize for Writing Winners Announced

2020 Geballe Prize Winners

The Cantor Arts Center announced today the winners of the 2020 Geballe Prize for Writing, an honor that recognizes outstanding undergraduate student prose and poetry related to works of art in the museum’s collection.

“Stanford students are at the heart of the Cantor, and we are so pleased to congratulate the winners of this year’s prize. Their work is not only smart and eloquent, it helps us see the collection through fresh eyes,” said John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center Susan Dackerman. “Again, we are reminded of the transformative power of art to connect us and lead us to new ways of thinking and being.”

Indicative of the strength of this year’s submissions, a jury awarded four prizes of $750 each in three categories:

Sara Houghteling, a member of the judging panel.“The winning pieces both conjured the art objects in exquisite, specific ways while also connecting them to their global contexts and rich, imagined experiences. These young writers show how essential and enduring a close encounter with art can be--and how this helps us each of us to think and see in ways we might never have done otherwise.”

The students’ writing is now available on Museums From Home, a new digital initiative by the Cantor and Anderson Collection at Stanford University to offer the campus and community resources to connect with art and artists during the museums’ temporary closure in response to the novel coronavirus.

“Through the Cantor’s exhibits and events, I have experienced world-class art that has informed and inspired my own creative endeavors,” said Nrushimha. “I’m truly grateful for the opportunities the Cantor has given me to learn and grow as an artist.”

The Geballe Prize is an annual competition established in 2005 to encourage Stanford University faculty and students to further utilize the Cantor as a resource for intellectual discovery. Submissions are judged for strong and expressive style, complex thought, clear language and demonstrated engagement with the museum’s collection or programming. The Geballe Prize is made possible by the Geballe Fund for Academic Initiatives in the Cantor Arts Center.