For Artists / Opportunities

Artist Trust, Port Townsend / EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists

Submission fee
$715-795; Discounts for Artist Trust members; Need-based, Latino/a and Filipino/a artist scholarships available.


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Artist Trust invites visual artists in Washington State to apply to the EDGE Professional Development Program. The EDGE Program offers artists a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by
professionals in the field as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions, and assignments. The objective of the EDGE Program is to provide artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals as well as to develop peer support and exchange. Since 2003, over 600 artists have successfully completed the EDGE Program.

EDGE Curriculum
  —Professional Portfolio
  —The Business of Art
  —Supporting Your Artwork
  —Communication, Marketing and Outreach

“The program was more than I ever expected… I have an arsenal of tools to help me go forward.  Everyone who wants to be a successful artist needs this!”Jennifer Loomis, 2012 EDGE graduate

“This was one of the most exceptional programs I have ever experienced and, with over 30 years in various professions, I have been through a few. The days were well organized, our time and input was always treated with respect, the materials provided were outstanding and the speakers were amazing.”Patty Franklin, 2012 EDGE graduate

This one-week intensive will be held at Centrum, a center for arts and creative education located in historic Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. 

October 24 –31, 2015. The program will begin at 12:00pm on Saturday, October, 24. Full sessions will then run 9:00am – 5:30pm from Sunday, October 25 through Friday, October 30. The final presentations will be on Saturday, October 31th, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

$715 for Artist Trust members; $795 for non-members. Need-based, Latino/a and Filipino/a artist scholarships available. Fees include lodging for the week.

EDGE is open to emerging or mid-career visual artists. Applicants must be residents of Washington State, but cannot be students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program. Applicants must commit to completing the entire 50+ hour program.

It’s easy to apply! Applications and guidelines are available here.

Completed applications may be:
- Emailed to by 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (preferred)
- Mailed to Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2437 Attn: EDGE APPLICATION. This is not a postmark deadline. Mailed applications must be at Artist Trust on or before June 30, 2015.
- Hand-delivered to Artist Trust, located on the corner of 12th Avenue and East Denny Way in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, by 5:00pm on June 30, 2015.

Eligible media

Craft, Photography, Visual Arts