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Grants + Awards + Residencies

Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Artist Trust grants range from project funds and major merit awards to residencies across the United States. Recipients are selected by peer panels consisting of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest. See more opportunities.

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  1. Grants for Artist Projects Details
  2. Fellowship Details
  3. Conductive Garboil Grant Details
  4. LaSalle Storyteller Award Details
  5. Twining Humber Award Details
  6. James W. Ray Venture Project Awards Details
  7. James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Details
  8. Arts Innovator Awards Details

Grants for Artist Projects

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline. Please check out our reference guide for examples of successful past applications.

Type of Award:
Project-based
Number of Awards:
61
Amount Awarded:
$1,500
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:

May 21, 2018

Application Deadline:
June 25, 2018
Submission Address:
Apply online at https://artisttrust.submittable.com/submit. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application. Download mandatory budget here.
This is the first grant I've applied for that I eventually received. Being awarded this funding helps me feel seen.

Jéhan Òsanyìn, 2017 Grants for Artist Projects

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
18 years of age or older by the application deadline; Washington State residents at the time of application and payment (payment may be made up to one year after the application date); practicing artists: those who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis.
Who is NOT Eligible:
GAP or Fellowship recipients in the last five years; recipients of three AT GAPs total in a lifetime; previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT GAP panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - October 2018.
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Fellowship

Fellowships are merit-based awards providing $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability.

2017 Fellowship Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
16
Amount Awarded:
16 $7,500 Fellowships
Frequency:
Annual.
2018 Eligible Disciplines: Craft, Literary, Media, and Music.
2019 Eligible Disciplines: Emerging Fields, Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Traditional/Folk, and Visual Arts.
Application Available:
February 5, 2018
Application Deadline:
March 5, 2018
Submission Address:
Apply online at artisttrust.submittable.com/submit. (application live on January 8, 2018)
I am thankful to Artist Trust for this award, which validates and recognizes my artistic work, my difficult yet rewarding journey, and my many years devoted to creatively contributing to the field of performing arts.

Monica Rojas-Stewart, 2017 Fellowship Recipient

Eligible Disciplines:
Fellowships are awarded in two-year, discipline-specific cycles.
2018 Eligible Disciplines: Craft, Literary, Media, and Music.
2019 Eligible Disciplines: Emerging Fields, Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Traditional/Folk, and Visual Arts.
Who is Eligible:
18 years of age or older by application deadline; Washington State residents at the time of application and payment; generative artists: those who are the originators of works of art.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of Artist Trust (AT) Fellowships in the last seven years; recipients of two prior Fellowships (artists may receive up to two Fellowships in a lifetime); previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT Fellowship panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
Panelists are selected from a variety of creative disciplines, ages, genders, geographies (within and outside Washington State), ethnicities, and stages in their careers. Panelists’ names are released at the end of the confidential review process when award recipients are announced.
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Conductive Garboil Grant

Conductive (adjective): having the property or capability of conducting
Garboil (noun, archaic): tumult; disturbance; disorder

Seattle artist Su Job envisioned and endowed an annual, non-restricted grant of $3,000 for artists who have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of creative discourse and its effects on our society, pushing the artistic act beyond accepted limits, definitions, or purposes while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.

Artists or artist teams working in any media or discipline can apply for this grant. Su was interested in acknowledging persons who are committed to an artistic practice that connects with community and society. For example, that could mean the artist(s) is producing cutting-edge political performance and has taken that art experience into the streets and out of the gallery setting. It could also mean that the artist(s) exhibits their work commercially but always opens their studio to young people to share the joy of the creative process. Su also cared deeply for her neighborhood, and all applicants must demonstrate a meaningful connection to Pioneer Square. That connection can be achieved in many ways—for example, keeping a studio and/or living in the neighborhood or having created artwork that connects in a significant way with the area.

This grant is administered by The Estate of Su Job, 4Culture and Artist Trust.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$3,000, unrestricted
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
July 2017
Application Deadline:
August 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM PDT
Submission Address:
Apply via online application at: www.4culture.org/grants/conductive-garboil/.
So often we talk about what an award does for us, but I think Su was more interested in pointing a finger to the work that we as artists do for others. The Conductive Garboil Grant is a reminder that my sphere of influence goes beyond my art-making and into all of my relations. My only wish is that there could be more awards like this every year so that message could continue to get out there.

Christian French, 2013 Conductive Garboil Grant

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
open to artists or artist-led teams residing in King County. Individual artists and artist teams in all disciplines may apply, including performing, literary, visual, time-based media, and social practice. Applicants must be King County residents and demonstrate a significant connection to Pioneer Square.
Panel Information:
Announcement - October 2017.
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LaSalle Storyteller Award

The LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. The 2018 Award will recognize an outstanding literary artist working in fiction.

2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$10,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
August 6, 2018
Application Deadline:
September 10, 2018
Submission Address:
Application will open online on August 6, 2018. Guidelines posted July 2, 2018.
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
I am grateful to Artist Trust and Gar LaSalle for this grant, which comes at a critical juncture and buys me time to write. Their generosity removed a heavy weight from me that I did not notice until it was gone.

E. Lily Yu, 2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award

Eligible Disciplines:
An individual literary artist working in fiction.
Who is Eligible:
An individual literary artist working in fiction; A Washington State resident at the time of application through payment in December 2018; 18 years of age or older by September 10, 2018.
Who is NOT Eligible:
A graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of September 10, 2018; A previous recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist, Arts Innovator, or Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award; a recipient of more than one AT grant in a calendar year; Current Artist Trust staff, Board members, Committee members, consultants, Storyteller Award panelists, or their immediate family. Current employees or family members of Gar LaSalle.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within Washington State select recipient. All applicants will be notified December 2018.
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Twining Humber Award

The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award given annually to a Washington State self-identified woman visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 or more years of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to the arts. This award is made possible by a generous gift to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund from the late Yvonne Twining Humber. Learn more about the work and legacy of Yvonne Twining Humber.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$10,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
February 12, 2018
Application Deadline:
March 12, 2018
Submission Address:
Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Even after developing a lifetime of habits, ways of working, thinking and doing, we are still susceptible and open to change in unpredictable directions. So this is a moment of great transition in my work life and the award is a great lift and boost in many incalculable ways that will affect me for quite a while.

Norie Sato, 2013 Twining Humber Award

Eligible Disciplines:
Visual Art
Who is Eligible:
Washington State residents at the time of application and payment; a self-identified woman visual artist; 60 years of age or older by March 12, 2018; a practicing artist who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art (these years need not be consecutive).
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; previous recipients of the Yvonne Twining Humber Award; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 12, 2018; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current Twining Humber Award panelists, or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement – May 2018.
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James W. Ray Venture Project Awards

The James W. Ray Venture Project Awards are two awards of $15,000 each given to Washington State artists of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. The awards are intended to support artistic excellence and the development of new ideas through individual and collaborative projects. Funding is generously provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation, and administered by Artist Trust as a component of the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium. Artistic strength, feasibility and potential impact of the proposed project, as well as professional capacity and the likelihood that the artists will benefit from support will be the key factors in the selection of recipients.

Type of Award:
Project-based
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
$15,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
For Nominees Only
Application Deadline:
September 17, 2018
Submission Address:
For Nominees Only
I am particularly excited by the collaborative possibilities with Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum in our shared commitment to amplifying transformative, socially-engaged images and stories. It is my hope that in this intense time of cultural change, we will learn from the contributions of the marginalized and prefigure new futures.

Storme Webber, 2016 James W. Ray Venture Projects Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists must be nominated for this award. Only authorized nominators may submit artist names. Artists may not request to be nominated.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; projects may only be funded once; teams may only be funded once; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT James W. Ray Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Recipients announced December 2017.
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James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

The James W. Ray "Distinguished Artist Award" is an award of $50,000 given annually to a Washington State artist of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. The award is intended to help advance the creative work of outstanding individual artists. The recipient will be showcased in a Frye Art Museum exhibition and receive individualized support through Artist Trust's Creative Career Center. Funding is generously provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation, and administered by Artist Trust as a component of the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$50,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
For Nominees Only
Application Deadline:
September 17, 2018
Submission Address:
For Nominees Only
In many ways I am made speechless by this acknowledgement. When one works at one’s craft for years and often feels as if no one or just a few, notices or even cares, this award is like the sun coming out after a dark and turbulent storm. This award encourages, revitalizes and invigorates me. I am beyond thrilled. I am reminded that after a drought there is rain and this is definitely rain!

Donald Byrd, 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists must be nominated for this award. Only authorized nominators may submit artist names. Artists cannot request to be nominated.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; previous James W. Ray Distinguished Artist recipients; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT James W. Ray Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - December, 2017.
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Arts Innovator Awards

The Arts Innovator Award, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Examples would be artists who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields.

2018 Arts Innovator Award Reference Guide

View AIA webinar here.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
$25,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
September 25, 2017
Application Deadline:
November 13, 2017
Submission Address:
Apply online at https://artisttrust.submittable.com/submit.
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
Eternal hope fuels the artist, but there is nothing like concrete support to keep igniting the work. This recognition will invigorate all areas of my work. The grant allows me to develop work outside of civic, commercial, or institutional constraints.

Sheila Klein, 2017 Arts Innovator Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists 18 years of age or older by application deadline; minimum of five years in professional art practice; a Washington State resident at the time of application and payment (payment may be made up to one year after the application date); Generative artists: those who are the originators of a work of art.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT Arts Innovator Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - February 2018.