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 Call

The deadline for the 2018 call has passed. Recipients will be announced this spring.

Application criteria for the 2018 call include the following components:

1. Narrative: A proposal in 500 words or less that describes your artistic practice, and identifies how project funds are likely to be spent, the impact of the funds on your work, and any specific outcomes that will result from your project.
2. Current résumé/CV.
3. Portfolio: A digital portfolio of 5-20 images/videos reflecting a cohesive body of work. Images: Include a caption with title, date, and materials; maximum file size of 5MB each. Videos: Limit of 3 video submissions, 5 minutes maximum length for each; maximum file size of 250MB each.

The award recipient is required to complete the following tasks:

1. Participate in an interview to be conducted and published by the University.
2. Provide artist photographs and documentation of work for promotional purposes.
3. Write and submit a 1- to 2-page report, accompanied by images, describing the impact of the award and use of the funds within 14 months of receiving the prize.

2017 Award

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.
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