Awards & Honors
As a way to honor students' hard work throughout the academic year, the Wittenberg Art Department gives out the following awards to deserving students:
The Ralston C. Thompson Awards were established in honor of the late Ralston Thompson, Professor of Art (1941-1970). These awards are granted by the Art Department to students who demonstrate exceptional promise in art.
2016 award winners: Charlie Davis, Alexis Gibson and Austin Riggle
2012 award winners: Lauren Houser and Leslie Winter
2011: Max Fleishman and Clara Schwan
2010: Kelly Kratzer
2009: Andrea Payne
2008: Kara Blakley
2007: Rebecca Graves and Kristen Klann
The Wittenberg Guild Awards are given annually from a fund established by the Wittenberg Guild. These awards are granted by the Art Department to students who demonstrate execptional promise in art.
2016 award winners: Mikayla Garberich and Liz Wetterstroem
2012 award winner: Hilary Strimple
2011: Corie Cappelucci
2010: Jessica Thomas
2009: Emily Barsan and Kayla Snyder
2008: Eric Bess and Megan Bundy
2007: Elissa Ward and Jansen Wehrley
The S. Paul & Clara M. Weaver Endowed Scholarship was funded through a generous gift in loving memory of S. Paul Weaver by his wife Clara M. Weaver, Columbus, Ohio, to provide financial assistance to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are either art majors or minors or education majors with a desire to teach art.
2016 award winner: Anna Mahoney Burba
2012 award winner: Christine Avery
2011: Hannah Riley and Christine Avery
2010: Hannah Riley
2009: Jeremy Block
2008: Mary Griffith
2007: Mary Griffith and Colleen Keppel
Departmental Honors are aimed at those students who could benefit from an in-depth exposure to the methodology of a field. Departmental Honors offer the student the opportunity to engage in a unified, scholarly project. The project includes a written component and an oral examination.
A student does not have to be a member of the Wittenberg University Honors Program to participate in Departmental Honors. In general, the student applies for Departmental Honors at the end of the junior year. The student should have a record of demonstrated high academic ability and self-discipline. In particular, the student needs a 3.50 cumulative GPA to be considered for Departmental Honors. In addition, the student should have demonstrated an advanced level of competence in the department of interest, which should include having completed half of the credits required for a major in that department. Some departments have additional requirements, which are noted later in the Academic Catalog in the descriptions of departments and programs of instruction.
After appropriate departmental evaluation of the proposal, a three person committee, chosen by the department, evaluates the completed project and conducts the oral examination. Ordinarily, one member of the committee serves as project supervisor. The student may undertake a project without enrolling for semester hours or may enroll in a project for up to 10 semester hours, which will be granted for a satisfactory project, whether or not Departmental Honors are awarded. Upon the recommendation of the project committee, the student is awarded Departmental Honors at graduation. See Academic Policies and Procedures for details.
Art history students regularly participate in regional and national research conferences. Click here to learn more and to read about recent art history theses.