Since its inception in 2001, S&R Evermay Foundation has supported the work of 80 artists through the Washington Award. In a renewed commitment to supporting the artistic community of Washington DC, the Washington Award is eligible to DC-resident artists who prioritize social impact in their practice, working in the fields of visual art, interdisciplinary, music, or dance.


The annual Washington Award comprises of two prize categories. The Cash Prize awards four unrestricted grants of $15,000 in each artistic category, providing support to artists at critical moments in their careers to freely develop and pursue their creative ideas. The Fillmore Studios Prize provides twelve months of free studio space usage at The Fillmore School in Georgetown. The Fillmore Studios Prize is available to multiple DC-based artists from August‒July each year. In addition to studio space, artists are provided with opportunities to exhibit, hold open studios, and mentor students.


To view S&R Evermay’s definition of social impact and how it might relate to your artistic practice, view our FAQs here.


To apply for the Washington Award, click here

Further Information

This is the traditional Washington Award for candidates who wish to apply for a $15,000 cash prize. This prize will be awarded to one artist in each of the following disciplines (four awards total):

  • Dance (Performance and Choreography)
  • Music (Performance or Composition)
  • Visual Art (Studio-Based or Community Based)
  • Interdisciplinary Art

This is a new Washington Award for candidates who wish to apply for studio space at the Fillmore School, a historic building located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.  The Fillmore is dedicated to the study of the arts and offers large, open studios and the Septime Webre Ballet Studio.

Candidates can apply for one-year usage of the dance studio or one of the seven studio spaces for use for the following disciplines:

  • Dance (performance and choreography)
  • Music (performance or composition)
  • Visual Art (studio-based or community based)
  • Interdisciplinary Art

Awardees must conduct activities during the award year that benefits the local Washington, DC community, which may include but is not limited to:

    • Present their work at open studio/gallery for the local community (not exceeding three gallery nights in 1 year rental term)
    • teach a class open to the community members/neighbors
    • develop a curriculum for a student studying the arts/mentor a future artist for a specific project.

Successful candidates for the Filmore Studios Prize will eligible for additional $1,000 stipend to support community-based activities during their 12-month residency.

2022 Cash Prize Winners

Fargo Nissim Tbakhi

Fargo Nissim Tbakhi
Interdisciplinary Arts

Robert Woofter
Tarik “Konshens” Davis
Black and white - headshot - photo credit Rob Ferrell

2022 Fillmore Studio Prize Winners

Zsudayka Nzinga
Sarah Beth Oppenheim
Jessica Valoris
Callie Rae
Lory Ivey Alexander
Chloe Varelidi
Jordann Wine

Hear from 2022 Washington Award
winner Konshens The MC

Hear from 2022 Fillmore Studios
awardee Zsudayka Nzinga

Hear from Selection Committee member, Maleke Glee

Hear from Selection Committee member, Victoria Reis