Tacoma artist Eli Hansen has just been named as the winner of the PONCHO Special Recognition Award at Seattle Art Museum. The award, which carries a cash prize of $2,500, is one of two second-place awards in the museum’s annual prestigious Betty Bowen award, now in its 32nd year.
Portland artist Ellen Lesperance, who works in gouache and graphite, was the winner of the main $15,000 award, and Bellingham painter Barbara Sternberger won the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award.
Hansen, who has worked as a glassblower at the Museum of Glass since 2006, has exhibited solo and collaboratively with his brother Oscar Tuazon, a former Bowen Award winner, at SAM, Seattle’s Western Bridge and Lawrimore Project, New York’s Maccarone Gallery, and the former Helm Gallery in Tacoma. His work combines glass and found objects to question societal constructs and push boundaries.
He and the other award winners will be at a reception and ceremony from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at SAM. Lesperance’s work will be on view in the galleries.
Seattle Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday at 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. Admission: $15/$12/$9/free for 12 and under and on first Thursdays. 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org