Artist Award

Each year, the Arkansas Committee selects an accomplished Arkansas woman-identified visual artist to receive the ACNMWA Artist Award. The purpose of the award is to assist an accomplished woman artist to realize her vision and help to make her achievements more visible to the art community and the public.

This $4,000 award helps the artist to support and further her studio practice and may be used for any need or purpose, including studio expenses, equipment or supplies, child care, research, travel or study. Award selection is made by a committee of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The winner will be included in the next online Artist Registry and featured on ACNMWA social media posts during the year.

The 2024 application period will open on December 1, 2023, with a deadline of January 31, 2024.

Eligibility
  1. Applications must be made online via the form on this website and submitted no later than January 31, 2024. Winner will be notified in March 2024.
  2. Applicants must be woman-identified visual artists residing in Arkansas for at least one year by January 31, 2024.
  3. Student work is not eligible.
  4. Previous winners of the Artist Award are not eligible.
  5. Members of the Arkansas Committee of NMWA are not eligible.
  6. Winner will complete a W-9 form and maintain current contact information with the committee.
  7. Winner will provide a brief bio and recent photograph, and actively assist in publicizing the Award through social media and interviews.
  8. Winner will report periodically to the Award committee and make an audiovisual presentation to the board of ACNMWA in 2025.

APPLY FOR THE 2024 ARTIST AWARD

2023 Artist Award Winner: Shelby Fleming

Shelby Fleming 2023 ACNMWA Artist Award Winner

Shelby Fleming is a sculptor and performance artist working in Fayetteville, Ark. A native of Collinsville, Ill., Fleming moved to Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas School of Art to pursue a Master of Fine Arts. Fleming found herself enthralled with the beauty and growth of the Northwest Arkansas area and upon graduating in 2020, she became a permanent resident. She intends to use this award toward materials, equipment and renting a larger studio space to expand the next phase of her most recent project, Gut Feeling: Phase 2.

From Shelby:
The body is the center of my artistic practice. Whether it is abstract or representational my work revolves around the body’s fragility and resilience as it faces internal, external, or psychological factors. My installations approach from a larger perspective as I account for the viewer’s body and viewing experience in relation to the space.

shelbylynnefleming.com
@shelbylynnefleming

Gut-Feeling
Gut-Feeling-Phase-1
Brittle

Gut Feeling
Steel, Plastic, Acrylic
242.5x405x168 in.
2020

Gut Feeling, Phase 1
Momentary 2022
Presented by INTERFORM, NWA Fashion Week

Brittle
INTERFORM Assembly
Springdale, Ark.
2021

 

 


Past Recipients

View 2019-2022 Winners

2010
Katherine Strause

2009
Diana Michelle Hausam

2006
Laura Waters

2005
Debbie Finley

2004
Barbara Cade

2003
Ilayali Alvarez-Hallmark

2002
Maria Botti Villegas

2001
Ramona Wood

2000
Debora Warren

1998
Kathleen Holder

1996
Brandy Banks, Jerri Miller, Lynn Hackney

1995
Cynthia Powell, Lisa Brumbelow