Alice Rooney Award for Excellence in the Arts


Ballard High School

Founded in 2019, our Alice Rooney Award for Excellence in the Arts annually honors one artist from Ballard High School.

The award celebrates the life of Alice Rooney (1926-2019), a prominent arts activist, art school administrator, architectural preservationist, and philanthropic advisor. Among her many accomplishments, Alice led Allied Arts, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Glass Art Society, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Arts Society.

Her tenacious advocacy for the arts and her good humor are dearly missed in the arts community.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 Alice Rooney Award:

Iris Worrall

Grade 12 — Literary Arts

“A reader, writer, poet, and President of the school’s literary arts club, Spilled Ink, Iris is a bright, honest, inquisitive, and creative, student who learns for knowledge’s sake.”
Carol Bristol, Ballard High School Counseling Secretary

Iris received: an award certificate; a check for $200; 1-year student memberships to Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and Bellevue Arts Museum; two tickets to Chihuly Garden and Glass; a $20 Starbucks gift card, and a voucher for two tickets to Seattle Symphony.

Past Winners

2020 Winner: Morgan Matthea White

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Alice Rooney Award!

Morgen WhiteMorgen Matthea White

“She has been part of the arts for the last three years and has turned into an incredible artist. She excels in drawing and photography.”
 —.Gina O’Neill, Department Head, Fine Arts, Ballard High School

Morgen received: An award certificate, a $200 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, a voucher for two tickets to any show at The Vera Project, and a free one-year membership to the Frye Art Museum.

2019 Winner: Sofia Angelov

Sofia Angelov 2019 Rooney WinnerA stellar artist, Sofia also took the second place award in painting at the prestigious Naramore district-wide art exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum.