The 2019 Twining Humber Award & SOLA Awards Application is Open!

Published: February 11, 2019

Categories: Grants & Fellowships

The Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement & SOLA Awards applications are open! 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. This award is made possible by a generous gift to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund from the late 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. The award recognizes artistic excellence, professional accomplishment, and longstanding dedication to the visual arts.

Artist Trust is also excited to introduce The SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards, 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.

View 2019 THA & SOLA Awards Guidelines here.

View 2019 THA & SOLA Awards Reference Guide here.


Type of Award: Merit-based

Number of Awards: 4

Amount Awarded: three $3,000 SOLA Awards and one $10,000 Twining Humber Award

Frequency: Annual

Application Available: February 11, 2019

Application Deadline: March 11, 2019 by 11:59 PST

Submission Address: Apply online at

Eligible Disciplines: Visual Art


Who is Eligible: A Washington State resident at the time of application and payment; A female-identified visual artist; 60 years of age or older by March 11, 2019; A practicing artist who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. These years need not be consecutive.

Anyone may nominate an artist who meets the eligibility requirements. To nominate an artist, nominators should contact Artist Trust by email with the nominee’s name and email address. The deadline for nominations is February 25.

Who is NOT Eligible: Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 11, 2019; Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2019; Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, ensembles, or collective; Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current Twining Humber / SOLA panelists, or their immediate family.

Panel Information: A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement – May 2019.