The Davis Museum at Wellesley College announces the launch of the new Prilla Smith Brackett Award. The biennial award will honor an outstanding female visual artist based in the Greater Boston area and is intended to draw attention to her exceptional contributions to the field and region. The award with be administered by the Davis Museum, and the inaugural winner will be announced in Fall 2019.
The Prilla Smith Brackett Award will be given to an artist whose work and exhibition record demonstrate extraordinary artistic vision, talent, and skill. Recipients will receive a $15,000 cash award intended to support travel, research, project development, or any other expenses related to career advancement.
Applications will be reviewed biennially by a three-person jury comprised of a curator from the Davis Museum, an outside representative from the arts community, and the most recent awardee. The Davis will strive to assemble a jury that is diverse in all regards to racial, ethnic, national, and religious identities and sexual orientations. The review process will identify three finalists for a studio visit by the jury members, a crucial step in determining the ultimate award recipient.
Eligibility and Award Application
To be eligible, applicants must: live in the Greater Boston area (all towns within Interstate 495); identify as female; work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, film, video, and/or new media arts. Artists at any career stage beyond the first five years of professional practice and of all ages, sexual orientations, and racial, ethnic, national, and religious identities are encouraged to apply.
Application guidelines for the Prilla Smith Brackett Award will be available on February 11, 2019. The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2019. The Award will be announced in September 2019, and its recipient will be honored on the Davis Museum website and be required to present her work at a public event and reception, in October 2019. Any interested parties can email [email protected] for additional information.