The Foundation endeavors to build a strong contemporary art community through its Funding Program by ensuring artists, curators, and arts writers of all levels based in the Northwest have access to educational resources and professional development tools that can help expand their practices.



The Foundation’s multi-year grant to the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design has supported the hiring of visiting artists, scholars, curators, and others to teach classes, create original work, and organize exhibitions that expose students to new voices and fresh perspectives.

View the lineup for University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design’s 2016 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice lecture series (CICAP), a program made possible by a grant to the School. Cast as both a class for UW students and series of lectures open to the general public, CICAP brings together artists and thinkers on the forefront of contemporary art practice to share ideas, raise questions, and engage with curious thinkers in both the School and the community at large. 

The 100K Prize

The 100K Prize was established to honor The New Foundation Seattle’s President and Founder Shari D. Behnke and her bold philanthropic efforts over the past 30 years. Starting in 2016 one award will be distributed every other calendar year to an influential, U.S.-based, woman artist (inclusive of cisgender and transgender women) in celebration of their artistic achievements and proven commitment to the field. 100K Prize recipients receive a $100,000 unrestricted cash gift. The Foundation will commit additional funds toward the presentation of the recipient’s work and the development of related public programs in Seattle. Recipients are selected and notified by the Foundation’s board. An individual may receive one award during their lifetime.

2016 100K Prize Recipient: Martha Rosler