Betty Bowen Award – Now Accepting Applications

Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of their work will be shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the spring of 2022. In addition, up to two Special Recognition Awards in the amount of $2,500 are often granted at the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee. Due to the financial hardships many creatives continue to face due to COVID-19, this year the Committee is extending the awards for the second time to include three more opportunities at $1,250 each. The award is open to visual artists in all media working in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho, and applications are due August 1. Artists of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply online, go to