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2021 Betty Bowen Award
Entry Deadline: 8/1/21
Application Closed

Entry Fee (2021 Betty Bowen Award): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Award
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington

THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM is now accepting entries for the 44TH ANNUAL BETTY BOWEN AWARD.

Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen 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 their work will be shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the spring of 2022. 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. Due to the financial hardships many creatives continue to face due to COVID-19, this year the Committee is extending the awards for the second time to include three more opportunities at $1,250 each.

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 online 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 online. Entries sent by standard mail will not be accepted.

Artists working in performance, film or video are required to upload six stills with your online application and send no more than 3 downloadable video files via Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo or WeTransfer links to Please include title and date of each submitted video work. Please note: video files submitted must be video artworks; videos submitted to supplement visual portfolio (e.g., a video walkthrough of an installation) will not be considered.

Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found here. For questions about submitting video work, please contact us directly at For more information about the award, the selection process, and past winners, please visit our website.



All applications must be completed and submitted online by 11:00 PM PST on August 1, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


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 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 their 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.

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