Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award

Washington University alumni of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs (with the exception of full-time faculty of the Sam Fox School) are eligible to apply for the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award. This award was created by Nancy Stone DeGuire (1947-2013) and Lawrence R. DeGuire Jr. (1947-2006) via a bequest to the School; it was their desire to help fellow alumni artists advance their studio practice. Stone & DeGuire met as undergraduate art students at Washington University, were married, and worked closely together in a studio practice.

Awards are given every one to two years. A maximum of two awards will be given for each round, each award totaling $25,000. Funds will be used by the recipient within a year of receipt of the award to advance his or her art practice. Funds may be used for supplies and equipment, travel, studio rent, production of work, exhibition expenses, documentation of work, and other expenses directly related to the recipient's practice.

2018 Award

Multimedia artist Ebony G. Patterson (MFA06) and sculptor Jill Downen (MFA01) have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards.
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2017 Award

Ericka Beckman (BFA74) and Ian Weaver (MFA08) are the recipients of the inaugural Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award.
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