Professor Phillip Earenfight Wins Award for ‘A Kiowa’s Odyssey’ Book
Phillip Earenfight, professor of art and art history at Dickinson College and director of The Trout Gallery at the college, has won the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for museum scholarship for his 2007 work, “A Kiowa’s Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Fort Marion.”
The award, to be presented by the College Art Association at a conference in Los Angeles Feb. 25, is given annually to the author of an especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art under the auspices of a museum, library or collection. It is the leading award for the art history/museum profession. “A Kiowa's Odyssey” features illustrations made in 1877 by Etahdleuh Doanmoe, a Kiowa Indian who was among 72 Native Americans captured by the U.S. Army during the Plains Wars and incarcerated for three years at Fort Marion, Fla. The drawings, which illustrate the Indians’ capture, trek to Florida and time spent at Fort Marion, were displayed at The Trout Gallery from September 2007 until January 2008, and then were shown at museums across the U.S.
Earenfight is editor and principal author of the book, which also received the 2008 Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations. The book includes essays and a reconstruction of Doanmoe’s 32-page sketchbook, as well as analysis of the drawings and other Fort Marion sketchbooks and drawings.