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2022–2023 Kelsey Prize Winners

We are pleased to announce the three winners of the 2022–2023 Kelsey Prize for Excellence in Archaeological Research and Interpretation.

About the Winners

Nora Meadows

Nora is a second-year student in the Stamps School of Art and Design pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She enjoys working in any and all mediums but currently works primarily as a 3-D artist within ceramics and metal. Nora has always found the entanglement of research and the process of making very important. Her ceramic work is informed by the medium's attested techniques and practices, actualized and inspired by her attempts to emulate those traditional processes.

Read about Nora’s prize-winning artwork, “Nuptial Numbness.”

Araceli Rizzo

Araceli is a fourth year studying Classical archaeology with a minor in ancient Greek, and she is particularly interested in the Hellenistic world. Araceli is currently working on her senior thesis about Seleucid coinage, and she looks forward to continuing her studies in graduate school next year. In her free time, she enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with her dog.

Read Araceli’s prize-winning essay, “Fit for a Prince: the Significance of the Myth of Hector in Roman Funerary Art.”

Madeleine Wren

Madeleine is a first-year student majoring in history and political science. She hopes to apply her passion for examining historical injustice to a career in civil rights law. She enjoyed the opportunity to investigate the use of uterine amulets in ancient Egypt as a part of Professor Neis’ class “Humans and Non-Humans in the Ancient World.”

Read Madeleine’s prize-winning essay, “Ancient Uterine Amulets and Women’s Struggle for Agency in Obstetrics.”

The 2022–2023 winners stand beside the Kelsey Prize display case. Left to right: Araceli Rizzo, Madeleine Wren, and Nora Meadows.