Washington Award Ceremony

Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of music, dance, and visual arts. This year, in a renewed commitment to support our local community, applicants must show that they are either a resident of the greater Washington, DC area or that their work will be presented in Washington, DC.  

This year the Washington Award offers two different types of awards:

  • Cash Prize: This is the traditional Washington Award for candidates who wish to apply for a $12,500 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
  • Fillmore Prize: 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 eight 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
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants for the cash award must show that they are either residing in the Greater Washington area or that their project will be presented in the Greater Washington area/have impact in the local community’s arts scene.
  • Applicant must show advanced training or work history in music, dance, or visual arts (including painting, photography, sculpture, or interdisciplinary arts).
  • Applications must be received by the application deadline. All applications must include the following:
    • A completed application form.
    • The applicant’s biography, and CV
    • A sample photograph, recording, or videotape of the Applicant’s work. (See application for specific requirements.)
    • Two letters of recommendation OR two references ( include name, phone number, and email address). These references must be professionals in your discipline who can speak to your artistic ability and professionalism.  
    • The required essay.
  • Washington Award Committee will not return entry materials nor assume responsibility for the material submitted.  Please read Terms & Conditions and FAQ before applying.
  1. In General. The Washington Award Application Form and the Terms and deadlines for the Washington Award posted on the S&R Evermay website form part of these terms and conditions.
  2. Right to Amend. S&R Evermay reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions for the Washington Award or cancel the Award at its sole discretion.
  3. Decisions are Final. The decision of S&R Evermay is final and no correspondence or other review will be entered into regarding the decision.
  4. Awards Ceremony. The Washington Awards ceremony will be held in the summer. S&R Evermay will notify Washington Award Winners of the date of the ceremony as soon as it is finalized. Attendance for the entire event is mandatory for any Washington Award Winner.  Winners will be required to present their work during the Washington Award Ceremony and may be asked to speak during the ceremony. No Award or Award money will be given to any Winner who fails to attend the entire event and provide a pre-recorded performance by the deadline.  Winners are requested to wear professional attire to this event.
  5. Tax Documents.   Winners must provide S&R Evermay with a completed IRS Form W-­‐9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, or W8-­‐ BEN before receiving any Award money.  The Foundation may be required to withhold tax from the Award money of any Winner who does not provide a completed Form W-­‐9 or W8-­‐BEN.
  6. Publicity and Promotion. For marketing purposes, Washington Award Winners must supply an updated photo and biography prior to the Award Ceremony. Washington Award Winners agree to comply with any reasonable request by S&R Evermay to take part in publicity and promotional activities surrounding the Washington Award.
  7. Report. Washington Award Winners must submit a written report to S&R Evermay by December of the year following the year in which the Award is received describing how the Award was used to advance the mission of S&R Evermay through fine art, music, drama, dance, photography, or film.
  8. Privacy Policy: We collect information about applicants to process applications, manage accounts, and to send updates regarding news related to S&R Evermay and the Washington Award. We will not distribute or sell information to third party vendors.  By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, applicants agree to this collection and retention of this data.  

To opt out at any time, please email [email protected] 

Please note that the S&R Washington Award Committee will not return entry materials nor assume responsibility for material submitted.

Can international artists apply?
Artists must be based in or have a strong presence in the greater Washington, DC area.

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

How does S&R define ‘Impact?’
Work that embodies “impact” will educate, communicate, inspire and/or motivate the community to view, approach and relate to the world around them differently. 

Can I re-apply if I have applied before?
Yes, past applicants may reapply, but we encourage you to include your latest work in your updated application.

Can I request feedback once my application has been reviewed?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback to individual applicants. 

Are organizations or groups eligible to apply for the Washington Award?
We accept applications from individuals only. 

What is the timeline for the award?
Applications for the 2022 Award will be open from March 14, 2022 until April 29, 2022. Applications will be reviewed from April -June and the winners will be announced in June 2022. The award ceremony will take place in the summer of 2022 (exact date to be confirmed when winners are notified), and we require all winners to attend in order to receive their prize money. 

Can I apply for both the cash and Fillmore prize?  Will anyone win both?
Winners of the cash prize will be given a shared studio space to work out of.

Fargo Nissim Tbakhi

Fargo Nissim Tbakhi (Interdisciplinary Arts)


Fargo Nissim Tbakhi is a queer Palestinian performance artist, a Taurus, and a cool breeze. His performance work has been programmed at the Poetry Foundation, OUTSider Fest, the Arab-American National Museum, VisArts, Mosaic Theater, the CapitalFringe Fest, and elsewhere, and has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His poetry and prose have appeared inMizna, Peach Mag, Strange Horizons, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Howlround, Apex Magazine, and have been nominated for thePuschart and Best of the Net prizes. He is the recipient of fellowships from Halcyon Arts Lab, VisArts, Rhizome DC, Radius of ArabAmerican Writers, the Arab-American National Museum, and theDesert Nights Rising Stars Conference. Find more at fargotbakhi.com

Robert Woofter

Robert Woofter (Dance)

@thatgorlbambi & @hausofbambi

Robert “Bambi” Woofter is a gogo dancer, drag dramaturgist, and director of DC-based production company haus of bambi (hausofbambi.com). His genderless and gendermore work is dedicated to making space for the complexity of queer perspectives through dance and has been commissioned by Vogue, The Kennedy Center, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and The City of Alexandria. Woofter organizes queer-centric events across DC and is a 2022-2024 Dance Place artist-in-residence.

Tarik “Konshens” Davis

Tarik “Konshens The MC” Davis (Music)


Tarik ‘Konshens The MC’ Davis is an International hip-hop artist, songwriter, Global Arts educator, Youth advocate & Inspirational Speaker from Washington D.C. He is Founder & CEO of Edutainment Unlimited LLC (Arts Education/Entertainment Company), former Governor on the Grammy Chapter Board, current Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy, Grammy Museum Artist Educator, UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) Land Ambassador and U.S Cultural Ambassador (State Department). He is also the MC and founder of ‘Classically Dope’, a groundbreaking and innovative classical, hip-hop group which merges original hip-hop lyrics with original classical arrangements. Being featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and has been highlighted performer on Fox, ABC and CBS networks, the Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Post and more. As an artist and innovator, Konshens The MC stands at the forefront of the evolution of hip-hop.


Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (Visual Arts)


Ọmọlará Williams McCallister’s (pronouns: o, love, beloved) artistic journey began in church at 7 years old as a classically trained vocalist and bassist. O has actively organized around social justice issues on the local, regional and national levels since age 13. Ọmọlará’s upbringing in the Black south is the foundation for O’s work. Love maintains an active studio practice that explores social hierarchies–race, gender, ability, etc.– in the US South and the conditions that create or subvert them. O’s work is a call and response blend of sculpture, performance, installation, ritual, space holding, community building, surface design, adornment, word, sound, song, movement, moving images and photography. The roles that Ọmọlará steps into include artist, educator, organizer, cultural strategist, conjurer. In all forms O’s work is immersive and interactive, it is co-authored by the people who inspire and encounter it. Ọ has garnered numerous awards and accolades to support love’s work. Fellowships that Ọ has won in 2021 include: Post Graduate Residency fellowship at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA); Nellie MaeRowe Distinguished Fellowship at Hambidge Center for the CreativeArts (Rapbun, GA), to name a few. Ọmọlará has been invited to lead workshops at institutions including the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington D.C.); Creative Capital (NYC); Brooklyn Museum (NYC) and others

Zsudayka Nzinga

Zsudayka Nzinga (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Zsudayka Nzinga is a fine artist, curator and educator from Denver, CO living in Washington, DC. Her work is largely focused on mixed media portraiture of American life including themes of motherhood and culture. Her pieces explore patterns and textures using acrylic, oil, decorative and hand dyed paper, fabric, thread and ink on canvas. She also makes jewelry using silver, wood, resin and precious stones. She is a proud mother of 3 children and wife to artist, James Terrell.

Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Sarah Beth Oppenheim (Fillmore Prize Winner)


I believe in deepest plie to bend traditions, antiracist pedagogy to bend academia, and dance as an everything salve. As a Teaching Artist Mom, I mine, swap, and alchemically mix choreographic research, community engagement, and arts & crafts between stage, studio, classroom, and nursery. Work/love finds me teaching/making/womanifesting as a Teaching Artist at Dance Place, Professorial Lecturer at American University, Education Coordinator at BlackLight Summit, and Artistic Director of Heart Stück Bernie.

Jessica Valoris

Jessica Valoris (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Jessica Valoris is an interdisciplinary artist and community facilitator. Weaving together mixed media painting, sound collage, and ritual performance, Jessica creates sacred spaces that activate local histories, ancestral wisdom, personal reflection, and community care.

Inspired by the earth-based traditions of her Black American and Jewish ancestry, Jessica explores ideas through the lens of metaphysics, spirituality, and Afrofuturism. She uses art as a catalyst for collective healing and transformative well-being.

Callie Rae

Callie Rae (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Calli is a self taught visual artist with acrylic as her medium. Her bold and edgy work reflects an impressive crossover of abstract, realism, abstract expressionism, and pop culture. Her inspiration is creating contemporary art in hopes that her viewers can relate, feel inspired to embrace their imperfections, and appreciate fine art in a world where everything is now digital. Her hopes are that they allow themselves to tap into their unknown, create and dream even with absolutely no experience.

Lory Ivey Alexander

Lory Ivey Alexander (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Lory Ivey Alexander is a DC-native artist exploring history, memory, and identity. Best known for her use of color, sculptural paintings, and lyrical writing, Lory facilitates meditations on the richness of Black and Indigenous American identity. A connector of people and dots, Lory’s most recent project is BlackBreathing.com, a social practice to promote trauma healing in Black and Brown communities. She founded Abstract Sisterhood to support abstract and conceptual women artists in the African Diaspora.

Jordann Wine

Jordann Wine (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Jordann Wine is a Washington, D.C. based artist whose meditative abstractions hope to provide the viewer with a visual respite from the chaos of daily living. She holds a BA from New York University; where she studied Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo shows locally, as well as national and international group exhibitions. Jordann has murals and public art locally and nationally.

Chloe Varelidi

Chloe Varelidi (Fillmore Prize Winner)


Chloe Varelidi is an architect, artist, designer and educator. She is a graduate of the Design & Technology MFA program at Parsons The New School for Design as well as an Eyebeam Art & Technology Resident Alumna. Chloe is a Halcyon alumna, an AIGA 50, four times awardee and in 2021 her project Follies was nominated for Toy Of The Year the top industry award.