Tomasz Grusiecki wins Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize

The Czartoryski Carpet, seventeenth century, “Polonaise,” made in Iran, probably Isfahan, cotton (warp), silk (weft and pile), metal-wrapped thread, asymmetrically knotted pile, brocaded, 486.4 × 217.5 cm. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, by exchange, 1945, 45.106 (photograph provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Published: 23 February 2023

Tomasz Grusiecki (PhD ’17), who is currently Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art and Visual Culture at Boise State University, has been awarded the 2023 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize by the College Art Association for his article, “Doublethink: Polish Carpets in Transcultural Contexts,” which was featured in the September 2022 issue of The Art Bulletin. The essay examines a group of carpets termed tapis polonais (“Polish carpets”) that were mistakenly given this name in the nineteenth century, despite their Persian provenance. Addressing this historical confusion, the article challenges outdated assumptions that cultural forms can be simply assigned to a single cultural region and its historical traditions.

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize was established in 1957, in memory of a founding member of the CAA and one of the first American scholars of the discipline. This award seeks to encourage high scholarly standards among younger members of the profession. The prize is awarded for a distinguished article published in The Art Bulletin during the previous year by a scholar who is under the age of thirty-five or who has received the doctorate not more than ten years before acceptance of the article for publication.

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