The Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and Asian American Cultural Center Announce the 2016 FRED HO PRIZE Winners

  • Ziael Aponte, First Prize and $250 for digital illustration “Music Makes a World”
  • Kimberly Vetel, Second Prize and $150 for screen print on fabric/sewing “Vest”
  • Bryan Guerra, Third Prize and $75 for Fillmore-style poster “Revolutionary Art”

This year’s competition resulted in 27 artworks that showcased an impressive variety of materials and approaches that underscore the creativity and political and cultural force that Fred Ho’s legacy continues to inspire. This year’s competition also recognizes Heng Zhang for Honorable Mention.

2016 Fred Ho Prize Gallery of Winning Entries

The 2016 competition acknowledges Visiting Associate Professor in Art and Art History Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky for guiding the student-participants through the challenge of primary research in the Fred Ho Collection, with support from the Dodd Center’s Curator for Multimedia Collections Kristin Eshelman.

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the Asian American Cultural Center sponsored the exhibition of all of the artwork submitted for the competition that opened in the Student Union Art Gallery (Room 310) with a reception on April 4, 2016.

About the Fred Ho Prize in Asian American History and Culture

Awarded every other year by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute since 1999, the Fred Ho Prize encourages all University of Connecticut undergraduates, regardless of major, semester standing or enrollment in Asian American Studies courses, to submit a project based on primary research conducted in the Fred Ho Special Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The total amount of the biennial prize is usually $500. The winner is announced at the close of Spring Semester.

The Fred Ho Prize was last awarded as part of a posthumous tribute to the late Fred Ho, whose courageous battle with terminal colon cancer ended on April 12, 2014. Contact the Asian/Asian American Studies Institute for more information about the Fred Ho Prize for students and the Fred Ho Fellowship for faculty and independent researchers.