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About the Artist

Gary Hill (Seattle) has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, sound, video, writing, installation and performance. He has had solo exhibitions in major museums throughout the world and received numerous awards and honors, most notably, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations; the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, the Kurt-Schwitters-Prize and most recently, The Stranger’s Genius Award in film. Hill has received honorary doctorates from The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland (2005) and Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (2011).

Gary also received Artist Trust Fellowships in 1988 and 2002.

Read a special letter from Gary about the impact of supporting art at its source.

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From the Artist

I was lucky enough to receive one of Artist Trust’s very first Fellowships in 1988. The support came at an opportune time in our lives: my daughter, Anastasia, was about one year old, and I was completing a lengthy video work, Incidence of Catastrophe, which ultimately received first prize at the World Wide Video Festival. The financial support of the Fellowship was vital, as was the recognition of being acknowledged by my peers.

Because of grants and recognition I received from Artist Trust, I was able to continue my work and gain further recognition over time, including the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award. Artist Trust was a significant catalyst enabling me to thrive as an artist, and there is no doubt it will continue to do the same for others.

Gary Hill