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2017 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Winners

Posted by on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in News and Events.

Vanderbilt Department of Art’s
Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award
recipient for 2017: Conor G. de Mari

   Vanderbilt University Department of Art is pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet award for 2017.  This year’s recipient is Conor G. de Mari from Watertown, Ma. As Hamblet winner, he will receive a $25,000 prize that provides the funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in his solo show at Vanderbilt in one year.

de Mari’s installation, Pozo (with exerpts from Proteus Resurrectum, a novel about friendship) was selected for the award following a juried competition involving exhibition, interviews and written proposal. Pozo is a collaborative project with his peer, James A. Mentz.

Pozo, 2017, installation. Conor G. de Mari in collabration with James A. Mentz.

The $10,000 Merit Award was presented to Tongqi Wang from Beijing, China.

Tongqi Wang, 2017 Merit Award Winner.


de Mari’s and Wang’s art can be viewed as part of the 2017 Senior Show now on display in Space 204, second floor gallery of the Vanderbilt Department of Art.  The graduating art majors exhibiting include: Alison Chen, Marcelle A. Coronel, Sophia M. Day, Ashlin Dolan, Lee Setili, Qinyuan Sun and Marguerite Poitevent Zabriskie.

Senior Show 2017 is on display Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm until May 12, 2017.  The gallery is  located in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, 25th and Garland on the Vanderbilt campus.

Jurors selected to serve for the competition are all distinguished artists and educators.  Jurors this year included:  Dalida Maria Benfield from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Christopher (Kit) White from Pratt Institute, and Phillip Andrew Lewis from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Department of Art has supervised the awarding of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award since 1984.

The award was established by Clement H. Hamblet in honor of his wife, whom he met while she was studying abroad.

The Hamblet Award is meant to provide the means for travel and independent art activity for one year, culminating in an exhibition at Vanderbilt.


For more information, contact the Department of Art at (615) 343-7241 or visit