February 11, 2019
Prilla Smith Brackett Award

The biennial Prilla Smith Brackett Award honors an outstanding woman visual artist based in the Greater Boston area and is intended to draw attention to her exceptional contributions to the field and region. Funded by Prilla Smith Brackett (Wellesley Class of 1964) and administered by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the Brackett Award will be given to the artist whose work and exhibition record demonstrate extraordinary artistic vision, talent, and skill.

Recipients receive a $15,000 cash award to be used at the artist’s discretion, including to assist in career advancement through support for travel, research, early project development, project completion, studio costs, catalogue production, etc.

The Brackett Award will be widely publicized, and selections from the awardee’s portfolio will be featured on the Davis Museum’s website. The awardee will be expected to offer a public talk on her work, hosted at the Davis Museum, and to serve as a juror for the next subsequent Brackett Award.


Applicants must:

  • Live in the Greater Boston area (all towns within Interstate 495 and within 30 miles of the City of Boston)
  • Identify as female
  • Work in the media of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, film, video, and/or media arts
  • Artists at any career stage beyond the first five years of professional practice and of all ages, sexual orientations, and racial/ethnic/national/religious identities are encouraged to apply

Application Guidelines


  • 1-page Artist’s Statement
  • 15 digital images (jpegs) of recent work (3 years maximum); video files can be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube
  • Separate page with information identifying images (title, medium, dimensions, and year of creation)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from two art world professionals (subject line: PSB Award - artist’s name)
  • Due by 5:00PM on Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Submissions emailed to

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Process and Timeline

Three finalists will be selected by a three-person jury of arts professionals, organized with an emphasis on diversity of racial/ethnic/national/religious identities and sexual orientations. As part of the review process, jury members will conduct studio visits with finalists before determining and announcing the award.

April 8, 2019 – Application materials due by 5:00PM EST

May 2019 – Jury deliberates toward short list of three finalists

June 2019 – Three finalists announced

June-July 2019 – Studio visits; awardee decision and notification

August 2019 – Award announcement

Fall 2019 – Public ceremony with artist’s presentation and reception at the Davis Museum


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