Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award

Work by 2018 award recipients Jill Downen and Ebony G. Patterson. Full credits below.

Call for Applications

The Sam Fox School is accepting applications for the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award. A maximum of two awards will be given, each award totaling $25,000, to advance the recipient's art practice. All 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) working in the contemporary art forms of sculpture, painting, and expanded mixed media are eligible to apply.

Application materials must be submitted online through SlideRoom; the application fee is $10. The deadline is January 15, 2019.
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About the Award

The Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art 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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Image Credits: Jill Downen, Artist's Rendering (Approach), Meditation Place, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Bruno David Gallery; Ebony G. Patterson, …they stood in a time of unknowing...for those who bear/bare witness, 2018. Hand-cut jacquard woven photo tapestry with glitter, appliqués, pins, embellishments, fabric, tassels, brooches, acrylic, glass pearls, beads, and hand-cast heliconias, on artist-designed fabric wallpaper (not pictured), 108 x 132 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.