Due to the competition for resources for DC-artists, Artists must be based in in Washington, DC. Artists must provide a Washington DC address on their application.

No, students currently enrolled in undergraduate/graduate programs are not eligible. We encourage you to apply once you have finished your degree.

S&R Evermay takes a broad view of how social impact is created, promoted and fostered by the work of artists. In general, we are looking for applications that display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Work that is rooted in engagement or co-creation with a defined community.
  • Work that challenges the status quo, and educates or inspires a defined audience to view, approach and relate to the world around them differently.
  • Work that seeks to build significant public will for ambitious change within the context of a pressing social issue or challenge.
  • Work that prioritizes mentorship as a core goal.
  • Work that engages Washington-DC specific history, narratives, or locations.

The Washington Award Selection Committee is comprised of nine leading artists, leaders, administrators, and other arts professionals. Committee members assess applications in their field of expertise and make recommendations on awardees during a selection committee meeting in June each year.

Applications will be judged across three, equally weighted criteria: Artistic Quality and Innovation, Social Impact, and Career Development. For more information about the selection criteria and process, click here.

The Washington Award supports artists at critical moments in their careers. The award is unrestricted with no expectations of how funds will be spent, therefore not a project grant.  However, if an individual artist’s practice takes the form of project work, they may freely apply with these materials.

Project-based applications and non-project based applications will be judged in the same way across the three assessment criteria.

Yes, past applicants may reapply, but we encourage you to include your latest work in your updated application.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback to individual applicants.

Applications for the 2024  Award will be open from April 1, 2024 until April 30, 2024. Applications will be reviewed from May-June and the winners will be announced in July 2024. The award ceremony will take place in the Summer/Fall of 2024 (exact date to be confirmed when winners are notified), and we require all winners to attend in order to receive their prize money.