Keynote Speaker Vivian Phillips
Keynote Speaker Vivian Phillips

2017 MoNA Luminaries Artist Award Recipients Announced
On September 13, 2017, members and supporters of the Museum of Northwest Art came together at the Seattle Yacht Club to celebrate Northwest art and artists at MoNA’s third annual Luminaries Artist Awards event. That evening four Legacy Artists were honored: Marita Dingus (Experimental Media), Dante Marioni (Glass), Robert McCauley (Painting), and Jeffry Mitchell (Sculpture), and awards named after each of our four legacy artists were presented to four Luminary winners. Each of the winning artists received an honorarium and the invitation to exhibit their work in a group show at MoNA.

And the winners are:

Steve Adams received the Dante Marioni Award for Glass. 
Adams graduated in 1972 from the University of Idaho in Moscow with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture, and soon became interested in the use of glass in architectural design. Workshops with Washington State University art professor George Laisner helped shape and focus his talents into blowing glass. After graduation, he followed his passion for glass and opened a business in Spokane. Over the following years, advanced workshops at Pilchuck Glass School and the opportunity to study with master glass blower Lino Tagliapietra at Pratt Fine Arts Center helped refine his craft and led to the development of his unique glass blowing style. Adams taught at the Spokane Art School for more than 20 years, and his career in glass also involves public art commissions since the 1990s in Spokane, including Fire Station #1, Hillyard Public Library, the Spokesman-Review building, and, most recently, the Spokane Convention Center.
Caroline Earley received the Jeffry Mitchell Award for Sculpture.
Earley is a ceramic artist based in Boise, Idaho and New Zealand. Her practice incorporates hand, wheel and industrial approaches, which draw on her interests in science, politics and cultural issues. Her work emphasizes, and sometimes reverses, the relationship between form and function through the shifting interplay of form, appendage and surface. She exhibits in the United States and internationally and was the Premiere Award winner of the 2016 Portage Ceramic Awards and the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Idaho Triennial. She has upcoming solo exhibitions in November at Milford Galleries, Dunedin and Whitespace Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. She received her Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is Professor of Art, Ceramics at Boise State University.
C. Davida Ingram received the Marita Dingus Award for Innovative Media.
Ingram is an award-winning artist who is passionate about beauty and social justice. Her primary muses are race, gender and social relationships. Ingram’s impulse is to imagine tactics to get free–not further prescribing Otherness.
With this in mind, she uses unorthodox mediums: Craigslist ads, hypnosis, drones, and cell phone videos among other things to reshape what is possible in her own identification with being a black queer woman. Her art has been shown at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Evergreen College, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall and more. Her writings have been included in Arcade, Ms blog, James Franco Review and The Stranger. Ingram received the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Arts. She is a 2016 Neddy art award finalist. She is a current Kennedy Center Citizen Artist fellow and was recently voted one of the 20 most talented people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.

Zhi Lin received the Robert McCauley Award for Painting.
Lin received both undergraduate and graduate education at the China Academy of Arts. He further finished his graduate degrees at the Slade School of Fine Art in England, and the University of Delaware in the States. While he was a graduate fellow at the University of London's Slade School, the political events and social movements around the world convinced him to use his artwork for social, history, and cultural awareness. His work is been a visual examination of the patterns of violence, intolerance, injustice, and complicity in public behavior. He has had over 30 solo shows, and participated in more than 140 group exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic and in China. His works exhibited and are included in museum collections in the United States, Great Britain, and China, notably the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum, and the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Capital Foundation. He holds an appointment as Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, the Floyd & Delores Jones Endowed Professorship in the Arts at the UW College of Arts and Sciences, and as an affiliated faculty at the China Studies Program, UW Jackson School of International Studies.
Also that evening:
Ed Marquand & Michael Longyear were recognized for their commitment to arts in rural communities with the Northwest Philanthropy Award, and Elizabeth Sandvig & Michael Spafford were honored with the Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Art Award.

Thank you to keynote speaker Vivian Phillips, and to everyone who joined us that evening in celebration of Northwest art and artists!
Honorary Co-Chairs
Herb & Lucy Pruzan and Casey & Susan Schanen


Museum of Northwest Art


The Museum of Northwest Art connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest. 



MoNA collects and exhibits contemporary art from across the Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.