The Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize

2019 Boone Prize Recipient

    Claire Schwartz, PhD, Yale University

This year, the Departments of African American Studies and History of Art  awarded the 2019 Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize to Claire Schwartz
Her dissertation is titled, “A Sidelong Glance: Art, Archives, and Visions of Blackness in the Postmodern City.”

About the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize

The Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize is awarded for the best written work by a Yale student on African or African-American art.  The prize is jointly administered by the History of Art and African American Studies Departments.  Students are nominated for the prize  by faculty members and advisors.

The prize is given in memory of Sylvia Ardyn Boone,  who was a noted scholar of African and women”s art and the first African-American woman  granted tenure at Yale. 

The Boone prize  was established by Vera Wells, (’71),  to honor the life and work of her close friend.


Photo of Sylvia Ardyn Boone: Yale Bulletin and Calendar

Learn more about Art Historian Sylvia Ardyn Boone 

Vera Wells On February 20, 2017, the President’s Women of Yale Forum featured the program, “ ‘The Life and Work of Sylvia Ardyn Boone’: A Conversation between Peter Salovey and Vera Wells.”  Wells (‘71) was among the first class of women admitted to Yale College. She is a former student of Boone’s and became a friend and mentee. After Boone passed away, Wells served as literary executor of Boone’s estate. 

Watch “The Life and Work of Sylvia Ardyn Boone”  (1:11:24)

Additional sources on Sylvia Ardyn Boone:

Books by Sylvia Ardyn Boone



Updated June 7, 2019