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September 18, 2020
The Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced that Dawn Cerny is the winner of the 2020 Betty Bowen Award. The juried award comes with a cash award of $15,000 and a solo exhibition at SAM. Founded in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate and supporter Betty Bowen, the annual award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional and compelling work. In 2016, Cerny was the recipient of a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award and in 2019 was an Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood. Her work will be featured at the Seattle Art Museum in a solo exhibition in 2021. In addition, Elijah Hasan won the Special Recognition Award and Tariqa Waters won the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award. The six finalists were chosen from a pool of 615 applicants from Washington, Oregon and Idaho to compete for the $23,750 in awards.