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2020 Twining Humber Award and SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Award

Awards to Washington Visual Artists
to Recognize Artistic Achievements

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Artist Trust

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Deadline Date:

03/23/20 11:59 PM PST


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Awards of $3,000 and one award of $10,000 to Washington individual artists to acknowledge achievements in the visual arts over the course of at least 25 years. The awards are intended to honor women artists over the age of 60 who are committed to the visual arts discipline. Awards are evaluated on the basis of artistic excellence, the professional background of the artist, and evidence of continuing dedication to visual arts. Two types of awards are offered: the SOLA Awards and the Twining Humber Award.

The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award given annually to a Washington State female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The award is given in recognition of female-identified artists who oftentimes must interrupt or postpone art-making in order to answer the demands of family life. The award recognizes artistic excellence, professional accomplishment, and longstanding dedication to the visual arts.

The SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards are three unrestricted awards  given annually to Washington State female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. 

Artists of color and artists outside of King County are strongly encouraged to apply.

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GrantWatch ID#: 138568

Number of Grants:

SOLA Awards: 3; The Twining Humber Award: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

The SOLA Awards: $3,000
The Twining Humber Award: $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards are open to female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. Artists may apply themselves or be nominated for these awards.

Applicants must be:
- A female-identified visual artist; 60 years of age or older by March 23, 2020;
- Washington State residents at the time of application and payment;
- A practicing artist who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art.

Applicants must not be:
- Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 23, 2020;
- Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2020;
- Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, ensembles, or collective;
- Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current Twining Humber / SOLA panelists, or their immediate family.

The Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards may only be received once. Previous recipients of the Twining Humber Award may not apply for the SOLA Awards. Previous recipients of SOLA may apply for the Twining Humber Award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applying for the 2020 Twining Humber and SOLA Awards / Webinar:

March 4, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:

The application opens on February 24, 2020. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Anyone may nominate an artist who meets the eligibility requirements. To nominate an artist, nominators should contact Artist Trust by email with the nominee’s name and email address.

Preliminary Application Review: Submit your application through Submittable by March 9 and check the box to request preliminary review. Staff will review your application and provide feedback by March 18.

Twenty-minute consultations with program staff are provided in-person or by phone, on February 26, March 6, and March 13. Make an appointment by calling the office (see details below).

- January 2020: Guidelines available.
- February 24: Application opens.
- March 9: Preliminary application review deadline.
- March 23: Application closes.
- March – May: Panel review.
- June: Notification of award status.
- June 1: Public announcement.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online (from February 24):

Zach Frimmel, Program Coordinator
(206) 467-8734 X 20

Lydia Boss, Program Manager
(206) 467-8734 x 25

Brian McGuigan, Program Director
(206) 467-8734 x 23

Artist Trust
1835 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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