Congratulations to Pratt's 2023-2024 Scholarships & Awards recipients! (see below). This cycle, we granted 10 scholarships, amounting to $25,200. As we revitalize and rebuild our local arts & culture sector and creative community, it is our hope that these resources provide these emerging and experienced visual artists with the tools, access, and space needed to expand their artistic practice.
Maria Zamora (she/her) - Pratt / Seattle Print Arts Partners Grant
Archer Gallegos (she/her) - Lillian Yeh Scholarship for Lifelong Artists
Melissa Misoda (she/her) - Mary and Gary Molyneaux Scholarship for Women
Antonio Gonzalez (he/him) & Roldy Aguero Ablao (he/they) - Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship
Jo Cosme (she/her) - Bernie Funk Artist Explorations Scholarship
Ericka Olachea (she/her) - Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths Scholarship
Matt Stern (he/him) & Karlie Uphoff (she/her) - Jon & Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass
Inna Peck (she/her) - Professional Artist-in-Residence Program (Flameworking)
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our jurors: Eriko Kobayashi, Lila Westreich, Lila Thomas, Elisheba Johnson, Cheryl Zahniser, Mary Anne Carter, Crista Matteson, Patrick Connelly, Magda Baker, Lisa Geertsen, Jam Sitti, Stacy Mohammed, and Rafa Díaz.
Special thanks to our generous donors and partner organizations for your support in providing these opportunities: Bernie Funk; friends and family of Lillian Yeh; Mary & Gary Molyneaux; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation; Pohlman Knowles Studio; RBC Wealth Management; Seattle Print Arts (SPA); and Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBS).
Bernie Funk Artist Explorations Scholarship: The Bernie Funk Artist Explorations Scholarship is a scholarship awarded on an annual basis for an artist aged 18 or older working in two-dimensional or three-dimensional media, excluding glass. The scholarship will include classes in the metal, wood, stone, drawing, painting, and/or printmaking studios, a membership to Pratt, studio access, a supply stipend, and professional development opportunities.
Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship: Pratt Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer the Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship, providing opportunities for artists of color to advance their careers through education and exposure. The Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship aims to amplify the work of historically underrepresented artists and equip them with the tools to progress to the next level in their professional journeys. These artists, in turn, will make powerful contributions to the vitality of our region.
Pratt Fine Arts Center serves as a lasting tribute to Edwin T. Pratt, a civil rights leader and former Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League, who relentlessly championed open and equal access to education and housing opportunities for Seattle's Black community. Pratt Fine Arts Center honors his memory by striving to make art accessible to people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. This scholarship is one way Pratt makes that mission a reality.
Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass: Through the generous and enduring support of the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, Pratt Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer a project-based scholarship to support an emerging artist pursuing a career in the glass arts, the opportunity to explore new or experimental directions in their practice, and to leverage Pratt's valuable educational resources.
Lillian Yeh Scholarship for Lifelong Artists: Through the generous support of her family and friends, Pratt is pleased to offer this merit-based scholarship in memory of Lillian Yeh, who was a passionate and caring member of Pratt's community. Her love for the arts is honored at Pratt through the Lillian Yeh Scholarship for Lifelong Artists, which encourages young adults (aged 18-25) to pursue art-making as a lifelong passion.
Mary and Gary Molyneaux Scholarship for Women: Through the generous support of Mary and Gary Molyneaux, Pratt is pleased to offer a scholarship supporting the continued advancement of professional women artists having 20 years of experience for the purpose of extending an artist's reach by exploring new frontiers in methods, media, and materials.
Professional Artist-in-Residence Program -- Flameworking Focus: With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pratt Fine Arts Center provides the opportunity for a professional artist to explore new materials and processes during a month-long residency in Pratt's flameworking studio. The residency includes access to Pratt Fine Arts Center's flameworking studio and options to explore other disciplines at Pratt. The Professional Artist-in-Residence Program provides a working artist with a new venue for experimentation and assistance in creative advancement.
Pratt/Seattle Print Arts Partners Grant: In partnership with Seattle Print Arts (SPA), and to nurture the development of our shared artist community, Pratt is pleased to offer this grant in printmaking specifically for Puget Sound printmakers who are members of Seattle Print Arts.
Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths Scholarship: In partnership with the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBS), Pratt Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths Scholarship, an award that provides a variety of educational resources, professional development opportunities, and Pratt studio access to an emerging artist in Washington State. The SIBS Scholarship supports the creation of new work and equips the artist with the tools to advance to the next level in their professional journey. It is available to individuals from a historically marginalized group (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, female, or disabled).