Stanford PhD students Dillon Gisch and Danny Smith win Rome Prizes

Rome Prize winners
Dillon Gisch, a doctoral student studying classical archaeology and Danny Smith, a doctoral student studying art history.

Stanford PhD students DILLION GISCH and DANNY SMITH are among the winners of the 2020-21 Rome Prize, which is awarded annually by the American Academy in Rome. The prize is a fellowship that supports advanced independent scholarly research in the arts and humanities.

Gisch and Smith join 20 other accomplished scholars and artists in this year’s cohort. Recipients receive a stipend and room and board for a period of four to seven months at the academy’s 11-acre campus in Rome. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s winners will travel to Rome between January and August of next year. Starting this fall, academy staff will also host a series of online programs for the winners, including orientations, language classes, presentations and individual support for scholars’ projects.

Gisch is a seventh-year PhD candidate studying classical archaeology. The award will support his dissertation research on Roman replicas of the Aphrodite of Knidos, one of the most famous statues in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Smith is a rising sixth-year PhD student in art history. The Rome Prize will support his dissertation research on public art in Rome. 

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