2021 Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards

Deadline: June 28, 2021 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 three unrestricted awards of $3,000 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.

Before starting your application, please read the 2021 Twining Humber Award & 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 Managers Lydia (lydia@artisttrust.org) or Luther (luther@artisttrust.org with the nominee’s name and email address. The deadline for nominations is June 7, 2021.

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

Artists of color and artists outside of King County are strongly encouraged to apply. For support with your application, see the Help with Your Application section on page 3 of the guidelines


• A female-identified visual artist; 60 years of age or older by June 28, 2021;

• 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 June 28, 2021;

• Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2021;

• 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 June 18. Make an appointment at artisttrust.org.

Study Hall: Pop into this open Zoom session on Tuesday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m. to work on your 2021 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. Zoom link here.

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 June 28, 2021.

Lydia Boss // Program Manager

lydia@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x25

Luther Hughes // Program Manager

luther@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x20


• with website access issues;

• with questions about uploading or formatting files;

• with other technical support needs.


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in serving on the Artist Trust Board of Trustees. We created this open application as a way to recruit new Board Members. Our goal is to have a board that is more geographically, racially, and economically diverse, and to identify community members and new friends who would like to have a closer relationship with us. Please share this opportunity with folks in your network who might also be interested in board service with Artist Trust. 

Role: Board members are volunteers who are responsible for governing the organization, establishing and upholding the organization’s mission and vision, and preparing for the organization’s successful future. Board members bring vital expertise and thought partnership to Artist Trust. They also work to broaden our network, introducing new community members, artists, and potential supporters of all levels to our organization.   

Time commitment: Board members volunteer approximately 3 to 6 hours each month. This time includes but is not limited to: quarterly board meetings and committees that meet monthly, including: Finance, Governance, Strategic Vision, Stewardship, and Racial Equity. In 2020 and 2021, we plan for meetings to be completely virtual.  

Financial commitment: As a fundraising organization, we ask that board members make an annual donation that feels personally significant, whether that is $25 or $2,500. There are many other opportunities throughout the year to participate in fundraising outside of this annual board commitment, including campaigns, events, and special initiatives.   

About Artist Trust  

Artist Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $11 million in individual artists through its grant programs. The organization also provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. We view our programs and operations through a lens of racial and geographic equity. As a fundraising organization, Artist Trust is grateful to our donors and community partners that make our support for Washington State artists possible. Learn more at artisttrust.org

If you don't have one already, please create a submittable account to begin your application.

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