Inaugural Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award

Posted by Stephanie Schlaifer March 17, 2017


The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is pleased to announce that Ericka Beckman (BFA74) and Ian Weaver (MFA08) are the recipients of the inaugural Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award. The artists were selected by a faculty committee from a large pool of talented alumni applicants, and they will each be awarded $25,000 to advance their art practices.

The award honors Nancy Stone DeGuire (1947-2013) and Lawrence R. DeGuire, Jr. (1947-2006), who met and married as undergraduates in the BFA program at Washington University, and worked together in a lifelong, shared studio practice. Their partnership evolved from parallel, individual investigations of alternatives to the picture plane. Their work coalesces around the ties that bind rather than those that separate, and their artistic collaboration was merely one facet of their inseparable personal union.

Stone & DeGuire, Blackmail #61 (left) and Blackmail #33 (right), 1998. Full image credit below.






“Stone and DeGuire were creative, collaborative, and adventurous in both their work and in their life together," said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean. "Their generous gift, establishing this contemporary art award, ensures that our alumni will have the same opportunity to advance their own art practices."

The deadline for the 2018 call is November 15, 2017. All alumni of the BFA and MFA programs at Washington University are eligible to apply, with the exception of full-time faculty in the Sam Fox School. For updates about the 2018 call, visit the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award page on the School's website.

Above: Stone & DeGuire, Blackmail #58, mixed media, 32.75 x 25.5 x 1.25", 1998; (center) Blackmail #34, mixed media, 32.75 x 25.5 x 1.25", 1998; (right) Blackmail #55, mixed media, 32.75 x 25.5 x 1.25", 1998.

Ericka Beckman (BFA74)

Ericka Beckman, film frame from 16mm film Switch Center, exhibited at VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, 2015.

Known for her formal sophistication and playful, punk-influenced DIY aesthetic, Beckman emerged as a key figure in The Pictures Generation. A four-time participant in the Whitney Biennial, the filmmaker has been featured in major exhibitions at MoMA, the Hirshhorn Museum, Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and others. Her work is in the collections of many of these institutions, as well as the Centre Pompidou, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the British Film Institute, Stiftung Kunsthalle Bern, and The Zabludowicz Collection. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded the Paris Studio Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in 2016. Beckman is a professor in the Film/Video Department of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She will use the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award to help fund the production of a film for the Public Art Fund in New York City in 2018.

Ian Weaver (MFA08)

Ian Weaver, installation View, Black Knight Archive: Migration, Chicago Cultural Center, 2015.

Weaver’s interdisciplinary work centers on the the "Black Bottom" section of Chicago—a large, multiethnic population whose community and history was largely destroyed to construct an expressway and a university. Weaver explores this loss through the fictional Black Knights, who use political, social, and guerrilla tactics to fight for the survival of the community. His solo exhibitions include the South Bend Museum of Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. He has been an artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and Ragdale, and has received grants from Artadia, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago. Weaver is an assistant professor of art at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana. With the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, he will create new work for his ongoing Black Knights series and begin research and travel for his next series, tentatively titled Occupation.