Published 2/15/17

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The 2016 Sotheby’s Institute of Art Research Award winners were announced at the 45th annual conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes excellence in a student paper or digital art history project on a topic relevant to collecting or the art market.

The winners for 2016 are two University of Pittsburgh students, Lily Brewer (Ph.D. candidate, History of Art and Architecture) and S.E. Hackney (Ph.D. candidate, School of Information Sciences), for their project “Historical 'Big Data': Visualizations of Algernon Graves' Art Sales in the Early 20th Century and Today,” a digital project the students completed in the fall of 2016. To learn more about their project and view their data visualizations see To download the dataset analyzed in the visualizations see the GitHub repository for Itinera at

The students were awarded $3,000, and an additional $2,000 went to the University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Library, which nominated and sponsored the students. S.E. Hackney attended the conference in New Orleans, received the award in person, and presented on the project in the New Voices in the Profession session.

The members of the ARLIS/NA Sotheby's Institute of Art Research Award Sub-Committee of the Awards Committee are: Samantha Deutch (chair), Christine Edmundson, Cara List, Sally McKay, and Lee Sorenson.