Mission Statement

SOLA's mission is to award cash grants to female visual artists over 65 who are currently working and living in Washington State and have created a body of work spanning at least 20 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.

Candidates for the SOLA Award are nominated each year by a team of statewide nominators selected from urban and rural areas across Washington. The artists who are nominated will be juried by a panel of art professionals to determine the award recipient. SOLA announces honorees in July. 

2018: The second annual SOLA Award goes to artists: Norie Sato, Tip Toland and Gail Grinnell.

2017: SOLA awarded its first award to Gloria Bornstein. For over 40 years, Bornstein has been involved with Seattle's creative community as both an artist, and as an arts educator. Her multidisciplinary works have been showcased in studio galleries and as public art.


How it Works

How to Donate

Our current goal is to 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.

SOLA Board of Directors

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