Applications are now open for the next cycle of Washington University’s Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards. Awarded annually, it is open to BFA and MFA alumni of the Sam Fox School’s College and Graduate School of Art working in sculpture, painting, or expanded media. Two to three winners are chosen by a faculty and alumni jury, and each receives $25,000 to advance their studio practice.
Recent winners include Lyndon Barrois, Jr., MFA ’13; Jill Downen, MFA ’01; Ebony G. Patterson, MFA ’06; Paula Wilson, BFA ’98; and Yvonne Osei, MFA ’16, who used her 2022 award to expand her creative research in Africa, further explore textiles, and create site-specific performances in Seychelles.
The awards are named for Nancy Stone, BFA ’70, and Lawrence DeGuire, BFA ’70, who met as undergraduate students at WashU. The husband-and-wife duo — who were married at Graham Chapel on campus — began their artistic collaboration in 1972. They enjoyed a long career as Stone & DeGuire, exhibiting widely on the West Coast. The annual awards honor thier legacy, while allowing recent and mid-career alumni enhanced time and resources to continue exploring their unique artistic practices.