Summer Quarter 2019
Application Due Date: April 1, 2019
Title: Betty Bowen Award Intern
Department/Location: Curatorial (Seattle Art Museum – Downtown offices)
Staff Supervisor: Assistant Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art
Dates: June 2019– November 2019 (exact start date is flexible; exact end date is TBD)
The Betty Bowen Award Intern assists with the planning, organization, and implementation of the annual Betty Bowen Award, an award granted to outstanding visual artists currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest.
Overview: Betty Bowen (1918–1977) was a Washington native and enthusiastic supporter of Northwest artists. Bowen’s friends established the annual Betty Bowen Award as a celebration of her life and to honor and continue her efforts to provide financial support to the artists of the Pacific Northwest. The Betty Bowen Committee was established in 1977 to acknowledge and reward artistic achievement. It is an independent committee whose funds, administration, and promotion are supported by the Seattle Art Museum. The Committee reflects Betty Bowen’s deep interest in working artists of the Pacific Northwest. The primary vehicle for this support is the Betty Bowen Award, which is a non-restricted cash grant given each year to a single artist from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho, and supplemented by the Special Recognition Award and the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award.
The Betty Bowen Committee has 16 current members, some of whom have participated since its inception in 1977. The Committee also includes former award winners who rotate as artist members, as well as SAM’s Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
More information about the Betty Bowen Award can be found on our website at www.visitsam.org/betty-bowen.
Project Description: Under the direction of the Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Betty Bowen Intern will be responsible for helping to organize and administer the Betty Bowen Award. The intern will coordinate and attend committee meetings, promote and support the call for entries, organize artist applications, correspond with artists inquiring about the award, manage communication with the Committee and the artists, as well as produce press releases and manage mailings related to the award.
The Intern will utilize a range of skills including: information organization, project management, community involvement, communication, writing and editing. The intern should be self-started and self-motivated. This internship position reports to the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The intern will also work with the Betty Bowen Committee and the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as Northwest artists and other SAM Departments.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Compensation: $15 per hour.