Academic Excellence in Art History History and Art History

Presented to the graduating MA Art History major with the highest cumulative and major G.P.A.

2024 Awardee

Lina Zikas

Lina Zikas

A native of Lithuania, Lina is an avid traveler and collector of contemporary art. She frequently visits galleries, museums, and artists' spaces in New York and is excited about the prospect of opening her own gallery soon. Her art interests also include Byzantine, Islamic, and Renaissance Venetian art. Lina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History, summa cum laude, from George Mason University in 2019 and is currently finishing her Master of Arts degree in Art History. Her current thesis explores Venetian artists’ cross-cultural encounters through trade, especially with the Muslim World, during the Renaissance period and how the incorporation of rare and exotic objects impacted the value of their art. Lina hopes to pursue post-graduate work on this topic.