Seattle artist/ecological designer Sarah Bergmann is the 2012 recipient of Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award, SAM has announced. Nearly 300 applicants competed for the unrestricted $15,000 prize. Formerly a landscape painter, Bergmann shifted to ecologically themed public installations, following her determination to “respond to [today’s] profound planetary changes.” Her
most recent public project, “The Pollinator Pathway,” has transformed a mile-long segment of parking strips in Seattle’s Central District along Columbia Street into blooming habitats that encourage pollinators to stop by.
Bergmann will receive her award and discuss her work at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall at SAM Downtown. A reception will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.
Betty Bowen (1918-1977) was a Washington native and enthusiastic supporter of Northwest artists. The annual award competition is open to visual artists working in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. Past winners include Isaac Layman, Cathy McClure and Dan Webb.