Filmmaker Lynne Siefert Wins 2019 Betty Bowen Award
Filmmaker Lynne Siefert has been named the recipient of the 2019 Betty Bowen Award, which comes with an unrestricted $15,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Presented by SAM and the Betty Bowen Committee, which is chaired by Gary Glant, the annual award recognizes Northwest artists for their “original, exceptional, and compelling work.”Known for creating experimental nonfiction films on both 16-mm and digital film, as well as poetic world-scapes that convey the artist’s interest in climate change and social justice, Siefert is the first filmmaker to ever win the award, which was established in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate Betty Bowen. Siefert’s work has been shown in film festivals nationally and internationally, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the San Diego Underground Film Festival.Artists Andrea Joyce Heimer and Anthony White also received special reconition prizes, which come with a monetary award of $2,500 each. The creatives were chosen from a group of five finalists, which also included Anthony Hudson and Adair Rutledge. Siefert, Heimer, and White will all be honored at an awards ceremony that will take place at SAM on October 29.