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Anne Briggs Artist Award

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The Anne Briggs Artist Award honors the memory of Anne Briggs, a longtime member of ACA and prize-winning artist who worked in watercolor, pen & ink, and mixed media and whose pieces were exhibited in galleries across the state.

Through the generosity of the family of Anne Briggs, this award is presented annually in June and comes with a $250 stipend to help address the challenges artists face in realizing their own personal artistic goals, such as purchasing materials, paying fees to participate in exhibits, or other professional development activities that advance their creative work.

Selected Recipients

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2023 Award Recipient - Bethany Sulecki


Music and theatre educator Bethany Sulecki (she/her) has been selected by Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) as the recipient of the 2023 Anne Briggs Artist Award for her exceptional work, teaching in our Vacation Arts Camp and after-school programs for children. Bethany is currently continuing her studies at Boston University, where she is pursuing a M.M. in Music Education. In addition to her teaching background, she has worked professionally in the worlds of arts administration, stage management, directing, and dramaturgy.

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2022 Award Recipient - San Gonzalez


Visual artist and instructor San Gonzalez (he/they) has been selected by Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) as the recipient of our 2022 Anne Briggs Artist Award. Drawing since they could hold a pencil, San realized at a young age that they could use their voice to tell the stories they wanted. With that self-knowledge, San decided to pursue a career in art and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Mass College of Art in 2019. At ACA, San has taught in the year-round program as well as at our Vacation Arts Camps. They currently lead the popular Friday Night Teen Clubhouse at ACA.

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2021 Award Recipient - Ellie House


We are pleased to announce the first recipient of our Anne Briggs Artist Award, ceramic artist and educator Ellie House (she/her)! A 2018 graduate of MassArt, Ellie’s unique yet functional pieces are remarkable for their striking surface decorations and vivid colors. Her creative passion also shows in her enthusiastic work as a teacher, sharing her love of ceramics with ACA students of all ages.

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