The Claire Martin Fairman Prize

A bequest from the Estate of Claire Martin Fairman and the gifts of the Fairman family establish the Claire Martin Fairman History of Art and Architecture Undergraduate Thesis Prize in memory of Claire Martin Fairman, AB 1954. The Fairman Prize will be awarded to that thesis which is found, by faculty vote, to be most worthy, and of a topic focusing on modern art, which was of great interest to Mrs. Fairman. Mrs. Fairman was a 1954 graduate of Radcliffe College and past President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Long Island  she received Radcliffe's Distinguished Service Award in 2004 on the occasion of her class' 50th reunion, of which she was co-chair. A devoted community volunteer, she served at various times on the Boards of Planting Fields Foundation, Locust Valley Library, Doubleday-Babcock Senior Center, Save the Children Long Island, and the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. She co-founded the Hutton House Lectures at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and retired as Development Officer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She was a Fine Arts concentrator and wrote her thesis on Henry Moore. She was a lifelong lover and supporter of the arts.

Comprehensive list of winners of the Claire Martin Fairman Thesis Prize

2021

Kaitlin Hao for her thesis entitled, "'I Want to Disappear in My Art': Story-Tinkering in the Practice of Lam Tung Pang"

Alden Fossett for his thesis entitled, "'On Three Counts I Am an Outsider': Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s Photographic Imaginary Through the Photographer’s Lens"

2019

Qianqian Yang for her thesis entitled, “Fragmenting the Female Body: The Postwar Photomontages of Toshiko Okanoue (1950-1957)”

2018

Samuel Shapiro for his thesis entitled, “Michael Asher’s Museology”

2017

Sophia Feng for her thesis entitled, “Agency and Ideology: The Depiction of Model Women in Chinese Propaganda Posters, circa 1953”. 

2016

Angie Jo for her thesis entitled, “How a Civic Building Means: The Languages of Boston City Hall”. 

2015

Isaac Dayno for his thesis entitled, “’The Last Children of Men’: Women, Family, and the World in Shaker Visionary Images, 1839-1859”. 

Marina Molarsky-Beck for her thesis entitled, “Picturing The Self: Berthe Morisot’s Self-Portraiture”. 

2014

Connie Fu for her thesis entitled, “Choreographing the Body, Performing Line: Edgar Degas’s Representation of 19th Century Ballet”.