2015 Neddy and Genius Awards

This year’s Neddy Artist Award winners were announced on August 19. Matt Browning (BFA 2007) was selected in the Painting category. Congratulations! He will receive an unrestricted cash award of $25,000. Read more in this press release. Read more…

Cepress + BAM = Counter-Couture

Michael Cepress (MFA 2006) has partnered with the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) to curate an exhibition titled Counter-Couture: Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture. This show, which runs September 4, 2015, through January 10, 2016, is the result of research that Cepress has been doing for several years. Cepress has also taught for the SoA+AH+D or UW certificate programs at least once a year since 2008. He is scheduled to teach a class on “Wearable Art and Fashion” in winter quarter 2016. Read more…

Mayor’s Arts Awards

The five 2015 awards from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were announced on July 21. Two of the awards were won by faculty. The public awards ceremony is on Friday, September 4, as part of the opening of Bumbershoot. It will be 4pm at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Read more…

2015 Artist Trust Fellowships

An exhibition of work by the fellowship recipients is taking place July 30 – Aug 2 during Seattle Art Fair. More information on this website.


Photomedia Professor Rebecca Cummins as well as two alumni—Gail Grinnell (BFA 1988) and George Rodriguez (MFA 2009)—are among the winners of 2015 Fellowships from Artist Trust. The Seattle-based organization announced the awards in a June 3 press release. Only 14 artists were selected from 367 applications to each receive $7,500 in unrestricted funds. Congratulations to all, and thank you to Artist Trust and their funding partners:, Inc. and ArtsWA.

Website Survey

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design will be creating a new website in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences Department Web Framework team. Preliminary work on the new website will begin in summer 2015, and the site will likely debut in summer 2016.

The school’s Web/Media Communications Committee wants your input regarding our current and future websites. Please take this six-question survey before the end of July 2015.

Art History: 3 PhDs + 1 MA

Four Division of Art History graduate students completed their degrees between December 2014 and June 2015. Below is a list with their dissertation and thesis titles. Read more…

Hirata Wins 2015 Brink Award

The Henry Art Gallery announced on June 12 that Jason Hirata (BFA 2010) has been chosen as the 2015 winner of the biennial Brink Award. The prize is $12,500 and a solo exhibition at the Henry along with a publication.

John and Shari Behnke are the local philanthropists whose support created the Brink Award. The prize was first given in 2009. This year there were 57 nominations from invited art professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

Congratulations to Jason Hirata!

New Faculty Hires in 2015

Announced in a press release on June 2, 2015:

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is exceedingly pleased to announce the hiring of five new faculty positions: four tenure track positions in various divisions and one competitive lecturer position. A search to fill a sixth position for a lecturer in the 3D4M Program is ongoing. Read more…

Bellingham National 2015

The Whatcom Museum hosts this exhibition from May 31 through September 6. Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, was the juror. From over 600 applications, he selected 101 pieces by more than 60 artists. Lawrimore leads a walk through of the show on Sunday, May 31, at 1pm. A number of the artists happen to have SoA+AH+D connections: Read more…

Seattle Art Fair

Logo for Seattle Art FairThis inaugural event happens July 30 – August 2, 2015, at CenturyLink Event Center, and the SoA+AH+D is a cultural partner. Many of our alumni and a few faculty are involved in the fair and the numerous off-site activities that have developed. Below is a list of what we have so far; let us know if we are missing something that involves school-related people by emailing Read more…

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