Winner of Monu Bose Memorial Prize for Art in 2022: Ellen He

The Dream Foundry just announced the winner of the 2022 Monu Bose Memorial Prize for Art. It’s Ellen He, who has a website at 

I think Mom would have found her art quite delightful for its whimsy and colors. I’ve posted a couple of examples here (with permission), but if you love these, do visit her website!


The Monu Bose Memorial Prize is established in fond memory of Monu Bose by her children, Rupa Bose and Gautam Bose. Monu Bose was a lover of art of all kinds, and a graduate of Lucknow University and the College of Arts and Crafts. This Prize is to honor the legacy she opened up for us.​ The Prize will be administered and awarded by Dream Foundry. It awards $1000 annually to the winner of the Dream Foundry Art Competition. The donors hope that this prize will encourage new artists to develop their work and find their audience.


Mom was born in Kolkata, India and grew up in what was then called Rangoon, in Burma (Myanmar). The daughter of a doctor, whose childhood home was filled with music and books, she had a broad range of interests and a gift for friendship. When World War II tore through the region, she returned to India with her parents and siblings. They eventually settled in Lucknow, where she studied Economics – and Art.

My mother had many interests – she loved animals and birds, gardening, and art. Though she never pursued it as a career, there was artistry in everything she did. She always enjoyed the art created by others. This prize is in her honor and memory, and the hope that it will encourage artists of a new generation.

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1 Response to Winner of Monu Bose Memorial Prize for Art in 2022: Ellen He

  1. Tanushree Gangopadhyay says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Rupa and Gautam!!!!!You’ve done most wonderfully, by starting an award in your Mother’s name.Promoting Art
    which was her main interest will certainly benefit Artists and Art lovers.Your exhibitions will further her cause. Waiting to see the exhibitions.

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