April 15, 2022
Prilla Smith Brackett Award

The biennial Prilla Smith Brackett Award honors an outstanding woman visual artist based in the Greater Boston area. 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 demonstrates 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, childcare costs, catalogue production, etc.

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

Applicants must:

  • Live in the Greater Boston area (all towns east of Interstate 495)
  • Identify as female (including cis women, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer, and non-binary folks)
  • 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 Materials
Required Attachments:

  1. Artist’s Statement (1 page PDF or Word doc)
  2. Brief Responses (1 page PDF or Word doc) to the following two questions:
    • What is your current studio set-up? Please describe
    • How would you use the funds should you receive the award?
  3. Digital images of 15 current works (jpgs under 5MB each)
    • 2-D works - 15 total images including detail shots (jpgs under 5MB each)
    • 3-D works - 15 images plus up to 10 additional optional detail shots (jpgs under 5MB each)
    • Video/Media - Attach a document (PDF or Word .doc) with URL links to the video(s) on Vimeo or YouTube.
  4. Checklist of images - Submit a separate page with information identifying each image (title, year of creation; medium and dimensions). For video files submit a Vimeo or YouTube URL with description (PDF or Word .doc).
  5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae  (PDF or Word .doc)

DUE by 5:00PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Email questions to

Submit through Workday from May 1 to June 1, 2022

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.




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