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Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award



Presented by the Sam Fox School every one to two years, the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award provides $25,000 in funding to each recipient to advance their studio practice.
Three works by Paula Wilson—from left: large-scale collage installation of a figure with a large hoop skirt, holding a frame around their head; photo of a person in a gallery, staring up at a large-scale collage installation of a figure; wall installation of a collage featuring two figures facing each other, hands touching, the edges of their multi-patterned skirts melding together.
Three works by 2021 recipient Paula Wilson. From left: Thy Self (2020), Seeds (2018), and Stained-Glass Sisters (2017).

Eligibility Criteria

Awards are given every one to two years. For the current application cycle, a total of three awards will be given. 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.

The award is exclusively for MFA and BFA alumni of the College of Art working in sculpture, painting, or expanded mixed media.

2021 Awards

Cartoonist Lauren Weinstein and multimedia artist Paula Wilson were each awarded $25,000 to advance their studio practice as recipients of the 2021 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards.

Past Recipients

2020
Lyndon Barrois Jr. (MFA13)
Wyndi DeSouza (MFA16)
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2019
Elana Mann (BFA03)
Erik L. Peterson (BFA04)
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2018
Ebony G. Patterson (MFA06)
Jill Downen (MFA01)
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2017
Ericka Beckman (BFA74)
Ian Weaver (MFA08)
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About Stone & DeGuire


The 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; they were married in Graham Chapel in 1969 and earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 1970. The husband-and-wife duo began their artistic collaboration in 1972, working together as Stone & DeGuire to produce a single object. This partnership evolved from parallel, individual investigations of alternatives to the picture plane—a synthesized interest in spatial concerns, informally united with flexible materials. The force of their work coalesces around ties that bind rather than separate—an artistic collaborative whose shared studio practice was merely one facet of an inseparable personal union.