2023 Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards
Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PST

The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given annually to a Washington State female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The award is made possible by a generous gift from the painter Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), who established the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Fund for Artistic Excellence to support the grant through Artist Trust in recognition of female-identified artists who oftentimes must interrupt or postpone art-making in order to answer the demands of family life. Read more about Yvonne Twining Humber here.

The SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards are four unrestricted awards of $5,000 given annually to Washington State female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The awards were created by artist Ginny Ruffner. Read more about Ginny Ruffner here.

Of the four awards, one award will specifically honor a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artist. 

We define BIPOC artists as individuals identifying as one or more of the following ethnicities:
Alaskan Native, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, Black/African/African-American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American or Indigenous, or South Asian.

Before starting your application for either award, please read the 2023 Twining Humber and SOLA Awards Guidelines.

The Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards are open to female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. These awards recognize artistic excellence, professional accomplishment, and longstanding dedication to the visual arts. Artists may apply themselves or be nominated for these awards.

Anyone may nominate an artist who meets the eligibility requirements. To nominate an artist, nominators should contact Program Co-Directors Lydia (lydia@artisttrust.org) or Luther (luther@artisttrust.org with the nominee’s name and email address. The deadline for nominations is March 6, 2023.

All applicants (if eligible) will be considered for the Twining Humber Award & SOLA Awards. You only need to submit one application.

Artists of color, artists outside of King County, and artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply. For support with your application, see the Help with Your Application section on page 4 of the guidelines.

• A female-identified visual artist; 60 years of age or older by March 27, 2023;
• Washington State residents at the time of application and payment;
• A practicing artist who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art.

• Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 27, 2023;
• Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2023;
• Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, or community group;
• Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current Twining Humber / SOLA panelists, or their immediate family.

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.

Applying for grants can be hard, and we want to help you. Artist Trust offers the following support services and resources to guide you through the application process:

Office Hours:  20-minute consultations with our staff, via Zoom or by phone on March 2, 9, & 10 . Make an appointment at artisttrust.org.
Study Hall: Pop into this open Zoom session on Tuesday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m. to work on your 2023 Twining Humber and SOLA application. During Study Hall you can speak with a program manager, work through your application on mute or request a breakout session with another applicant for support. This is not a private session, but rather a space for information sharing and work time.
Reference Guide: review examples of successful applications from previous awardees here.
Resources: visit artisttrust.org for toolkits, tips, and other information.
FAQ: Answers to questions about the application, including resumes, career stage, etc. can be found here.
Contact Us: We are happy to answer questions about your application. Please note: it’s hard for us to answer questions on the day of the deadline. Start your application early and don’t wait to contact us with questions.

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST
• with questions about applications, guidelines, eligibility, support services, and resources;
• if you need to access or edit a submitted application prior to the deadline of March 27, 2023.

Lydia Boss // Program Co-Director
lydia@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x25
Luther Hughes // Program Co-Director
luther@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x20
Grace Nakahara // Program Manager
grace@artisttust.org: 206/467-8734 x23
• with website access issues;
• with questions about uploading or formatting files;
• with other technical support needs.

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