American Art Museum Journal Awards JoAnne Mancini Eighth Annual Frost Essay Award

The editorial board of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s scholarly journal, awarded the 2011 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award to JoAnne Mancini, an interdisciplinary historian of the United States and its colonial antecedents at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her article, “Pedro Cambón’s Asian Objects: A Transpacific Approach to 18th-Century California,” appeared in the spring 2011 issue (vol. 25, no. 1).

“The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a long history of encouraging new research and fresh ideas through awards, our robust fellowship program and publications such as the American Art journal,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “I am delighted that the 2011 Frost Essay Award goes to JoAnne Mancini for her excellent essay about the Franciscan missionary Pedro Cambón, which investigates a rarely examined subject area, the visual and material culture of 18th-century California.”

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