Mills MFA in Studio Art Program Receives Prestigious Awards

Oakland, CA–July 14, 2016

The Mills College MFA program in studio art announced cash awards from two prestigious arts organizations in recognition of faculty and student excellence. The awards will help promote the work of talented Mills artists, further their careers, and nurture connections in the broader creative community.

Mills Visiting Artist Sandra Ono received the Tosa Studio Award, which includes a $10,000 stipend and private art studio space for a year at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco.

The Tosa Studio Award, sponsored by Victoria Belco and William Goodman, recognizes one San Francisco Bay Area artist each year, offering financial support and studio space to help establish and further an arts career.

Ono, who has taught at Mills for four years, said she plans to integrate her San Francisco studio space, into her teaching curriculum at Mills.

“The students will benefit by being able to visit the Minnesota Street Project space and learn more about the artists, art space and events,” Ono said. “And by being really engaged in the creative process in my own studio I’ll be a better teacher, so I’m really looking forward to the upcoming year.”

Ono is the first artist to receive the new Tosa Studio Award. The award selection process included 110 nominations and 77 applications.

The Mills College MFA program in studio art also announced an ongoing prize for graduate art students from the technology consulting firm Bluewolf.

The Bluewolf Portfolio and Art Installation Prize will be awarded to two Mills students each year and include a $2,500 prize and $800 for art materials. The two Mills students selected each year will also be offered an art installation opportunity at the company’s San Francisco office. The Royal College of Art in London and Parsons School of Design in New York also were named recipients for the yearly prize.