2016 Fred Ho Prize Winners

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the Asian American Cultural Center are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Fred Ho Prize in Asian American History and Culture

Ziael Aponte First PrizeZIAEL APONTE, First Prize and $250 for his digital illustration

“Music Makes a World”

Kimberly Vetel Second PrizeKIMBERLY VETEL, Second Prize and $150 for her screen print on fabric/sewing


Bryan Guerra Third Prize

BRYAN GUERRA, Third Prize and $75 for 1960s-inspired Fillmore-style poster

“Revolutionary Art”









This year’s competition also recognizes HENG ZHANG with Honorable Mention. The 27 resulting art projects showcase a variety of materials and approaches that underscore the political and cultural force and creativity that Fred Ho’s legacy continues to inspire.

The Institute and Center are indebted to Visiting Associate Professor in Art and Art History Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky for guiding the 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.

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.