2016 Annual Betty Bowen Award
Entry Deadline: 8/1/16
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (Seattle Art Museum: 2015 Annual Betty Bowen Award): $10.00
THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM is now accepting entries for the 38TH ANNUAL BETTY BOWEN AWARD.
Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, this annual juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of his or her works will be shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the fall of 2016. In addition, up to two Special Recognition Awards in the amount of $2,500 are often granted at the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee.
Betty Bowen (1918–1977) was a Washington native and enthusiastic supporter of Northwest artists. Her friends established the annual Betty Bowen Award as a celebration of her life and to honor and continue her efforts to provide financial support to the artists of the region. Since 1977, the Seattle Art Museum has hosted the yearly grant application process by which the Betty Bowen Committee chooses one visual artist working in the Northwest to receive the unrestricted cash award.
Who is eligible for the award?
The award is open to visual artists in all media working in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. Artists of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
How to apply:
Please upload a resume, artist statement, and six images with your on-line application. When uploading your images you will be asked to include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each work. Please also include a brief description about the image. All entries must be submitted on-line. Entries sent by standard mail will not be accepted. However, if you are an artist working in film or video, you are required to upload six film stills with your application and send a disc with QuickTime files of the complete work(s) to:
Betty Bowen Award/Call for Entry
c/o Modern and Contemporary Art Dept.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
All applications must be completed and submitted on-line by 11:00 PM PST on August 1, 2016.
How are the awards chosen?
The winner is selected in a two-part jury process. In the first round, the applicants are reviewed anonymously. Five finalists are selected from the pool of applicants. Finalists are then invited to present their work to the committee in person in the second round and will receive an honorarium of $500 for related expenses. After this review process, the committee selects one award winner in addition to any special recognition award winners they wish to honor.
Selection is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
· The compelling nature of the artist’s ideas and contribution to the field
· The quality and creativity of the work submitted for review
· The artist’s commitment to developing their work
· The impact the award will have on the artist and his/her career
Artists are encouraged to submit their most recent body of work.
The Seattle Art Museum is committed to the values of creativity, excellence, engagement, diversity, accessibility, and stewardship.