Judy Chicago Art Education Award


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About the Award:

The Judy Chicago Art Education Award, funded by MaryRoss Taylor, is a $2,500 prize that honors Judy Chicago and her pioneering work as an art educator. The award is open to scholars, artists, and educators creating projects based on research that incorporates any of the archives that are included in the Judy Chicago Research Portal, which was launched in October 2019. These archives include: Judy Chicago’s Visual Archive at the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA); Judy Chicago’s paper archives at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at Harvard; and Judy Chicago’s Art Education Collection at the Special Collections Library at Penn State which includes the K-12 Dinner Party Curriculum. Winners are awarded a certificate and a $2,500 prize.

In the spirit of Judy Chicago’s collaborative and participatory approach to making and teaching art, the institutions — which include a public university library, a private university library, and a national museum — have joined together in a rare collaboration to link their collections in efforts to providing scholars with a robust and accessible research experience. The Judy Chicago Research Portal highlights the impact of Chicago’s work and feminist practice via art and art education for which she is celebrated and seen as a forerunner of. The Judy Chicago Art Education Award celebrates this collaboration and encourages engagement with the collections as living archives that build upon continued scholarship and teaching to preserve feminist histories and feminist pedagogy.

Through the Flower is proud of our legacy of sponsoring and supporting projects focused on the importance of art and its role in countering the erasure of women’s achievements in history. A crucial part of this legacy is the power of art to inspire such action that has far-reaching impact. Read about past award-winning projects here.

Required Application Materials:

Project Abstract that includes:

  • The specific archive(s) and materials used from the archive(s) and how they inform the project
  • A description of the proposed or completed project including the theories or concepts central to the project and the potential significance or impact of the project (no more than 500 words)
  • A description of the completed or planned public element (no more than 500 words)

Reference List that includes:

  • The particular materials from archive collections used or to be used to complete the project
  • Any additional study materials used in researching or carrying out the project
  • Optional: Images to be submitted via WeTransfer

Proposed projects should be completed within 12 months of the award presentation. Award winners will be required to submit written quarterly updates on the progress of their project and a final report within 60 days of the completion of their project.

Awardees will receive an initial payment of $1,500 at the time of the award ceremony with the remaining $1,000 paid at the project’s completion.

Any questions concerning application requirements can be submitted to info@throughtheflower.org



  • Is this only open to art educators?

No! While we encourage art educators to apply, we accept applications from anyone proposing a project that is based in research using any of the archives in the Judy Chicago Research Portal.

  • Can I apply with a group/collective/etc., or is this open to individuals only?

Absolutely! We accept applications from individuals and from groups, just indicate that this is how you are in applying in the application form.

  • Is this award to promote past projects or to fund future projects?

This award is to fund future projects. However, if you are currently working on a project that uses research done on the archives from the Judy Chicago Research Portal, these are eligible.

  • When will I be notified of my application status?

We will notify all applicants sometime in late June/early July.

  • Can I submit a paper application?

No. All applications must be submitted online through the above link.

  • Is this an international call or is it open only to US residents?

This is an international call. Applicants from all over the world can apply.


Questions/points to consider answering when writing your application:

  • Clearly define your goals with your proposed project. Who is your audience? How are you reaching them?
  • What measurable outcomes is your project going to produce? Provide an outline of the entirety of your project, giving estimated dates as to when it will be carried out and how.
  • What archives from the Judy Chicago Research Portal will you be using, and how will this research impact your project? Be as detailed as possible.




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