40% of final grade (2 proposals worth 20% each).

Instead of exams you will write three grant proposals over the course of the semester. In each proposal you will argue for the inclusion of a work of art in the course museum that is not already part of the course material.

Requirements: Each proposal should consist of two separate documents 1.) a written document and a 2). visual document (more details and instructions listed below).


An email (a formal CALL FOR PROPOSALS or CFP) will be sent out through canvas a week before the grant proposal is due.  The email will contain more specific instructions on the content that specifies the eras/regions of art that your proposed piece must fall within.


  • Chose ONE artifact or art piece that you think should be included in one of the specified museum wings
  • The chosen piece CANNOT already be a part of the course material. There are many places on the internet to look for works – a good place to start is the Metropolitan Museum’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.


The written document should include a cover page AND at least two pages of text double-spaced (12-point font) AND a bibliography/works-cited at the end.  So at minimum, your written document should be a total of four pages.

  • Cover page should include:
    • Title of art piece, the artist (if known), the wing it belongs to, “Submitted to: The Doctor Jones Institute of Lost Treasure,” your name, and date
  • Two pages of written content should include:
    • What, where, who, and why
    • Description of the object, materials, and place of origin.
    • Demonstration of relevance to course material.
    • Discussion of the cultural, political, social, and geographic context.
  • The written document should include in-text citations and a bibliography or works-cited page
    • You can use any format style (MLA, APA, or Chicago for example)
  • Example


This is a separate file from your written document.  It can be a short video, slide show, or other media to accompany the written document.

  • Your visuals should be more than just one image of the piece you selected. You should also include images of related items from our class and any other images that help strengthen your argument.
  • You can use other images of works already in the collection for comparison.
  • Your visual material should also include captions explaining the images you chose and can even include quotes from articles you read (do not just post links to articles as your captions though).
  • Example


Please upload your files to Canvas by 11:59pm on the Sunday that they are due.