Mission Statement

SOLA's mission is to award cash grants to female visual artists over 60 who are currently working and living in Washington State and have created a body of work spanning at least 25 years.

The SOLA Award honors accomplished yet under-recognized women artists for their dedication and persistence.

The SOLA Award

Founded in 2016 by Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner, the SOLA Award seeks to encourage and celebrate accomplished women artists whose work has not been sufficiently or widely recognized. The award seeks to honor these women for their lifetime contribution to the arts and to recognize and reward their energy, vision, persistence and dedication to maintaining creative momentum over the long haul.

Scroll down for more information on how to apply and please visit Artist Trust. https://artisttrust.org/grants/sola-awards/

Candidates for the SOLA Award are managed by Artist Trust. Each year a team of statewide panel of Arts Leaders and Artists are selected from urban and rural areas across Washington. The artists who apply for the Award are considered as part of the Twining Humber Award panel. The Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards may only be received once. Previous recipients of the Twining Humber Award may not apply for the SOLA Awards. Previous recipients of SOLA may apply for the Twining Humber Award.

The next round of applications open in May 2022 at https://artisttrust.org/grants/sola-awards/. Award winners are announced in October.

How it Works

How to Donate

Currently, we award three awards every year to qualified women artists across Washington State but we hope to extend the award to multiple recipients in succeeding years through our fundraising efforts. To that end, we are actively seeking donations to expand and broaden our outreach. We welcome and greatly appreciate your tax-deductible support at any level. SOLA is fiscally sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation and all donations are tax-deductible by law.

SOLA Board of Directors

  • Shari Behnke - Philanthropist
  • Tim Detweiler - Art Program Manager, Amazon
  • Tennyson Wilder Ismen Graham - Student, UBC
  • Chiyo Ishikawa – Deputy Director for Art, Seattle Art Museum
  • Marge Levy - Artist, Educator
  • Fidelma McGinn – Vice President, The Seattle Foundation
  • Greg Robinson – Chief Curator, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  • Ginny Ruffner – Artist – Board President
  • Jackson Schmidt – Lawyer, Pepple Cantu Schmidt
  • Kim Shirley - Philanthropist

Who We Are

SOLA is fiscally sponsored by Allied Arts  Foundation

Allied Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency supporting arts and artists throughout Washington and beyond. All donations to SOLA through Allied Arts Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.