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Webinar: 2018 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, the Arts Innovator Award, 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.

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Artist Profile Series: Melissa Koch

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern

Melissa Koch’s art springs from a childhood based on the island of Cyprus, which was filled with the exploration of the Mediterranean landscape and the wonder of surveying migratory birds and local flora and fauna. This sensitivity to the ecological needs of both humans and nature has led to equally delicate, industrious pieces that inform viewers of the impact of human habitation. She views her work as an ongoing commitment to innovating and exploring ideas, both aesthetically and technically.

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Our Work Depends on Your Support

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund and Events Manager

Since the inception of our Office Hours program in 2016, we’ve had over 300 one-on-one, artist-led conversations all over Washington.

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Smart Philanthropy

Robert E. Frey

Founder, Lakeside Advisors, Inc.

Learn more about gifting appreciated stock from match donor Robert E. Frey

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Brian McGuigan

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Like Jay-Z said, “I’m not a businessman – I’m a business, man.” On Thursday, September 28, Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan will lead Work Samples Dos & Don’ts, a workshop on what makes a strong work sample and what doesn’t. You’ll learn how the selection process works, insider information on what juries and panelists are looking for in work samples, and tips on how to format and tailor your work for success.

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Resources for Artists Affected by Wildfires

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern

Artist Trust’s heart goes out to all people – and especially artists – statewide and nationally impacted by recent and unrelenting fires and natural disasters. In the spirit of our mission to support all Washington artists, we are reflecting on The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response imperative, which is to provide a complementary list of services geared directly towards artists and cultural producers.

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2015 GAP Recipient Shin Yu Pai’s Animating Archives

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Shin Yu Pai is a poet and visual artist whose work has been featured in The Rumpus, Tricycle, YES! Magazine and City Arts. She is the author of eight collections of poetry and currently serves as the City of Redmond’s Poet Laureate.

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Artist Mentorship Night: Introducing Paul, Marya, Sharlese & George

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Join Artist Trust and KEXP on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM for Artist Mentorship Night. This FREE informal mentorship and networking event gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world.

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Artist Profile Series: Yadesa Bojia

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern

Yadesa Bojia received GAP 2016 funding for participating in The Invisibles. The exhibition endeavored to capture the common struggles of people of color in our day-to-day life. With over 1,000 viewers in attendance at King Street Station, it served as the largest art show for POC in the greater Puget Sound area.

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Behind the Curtain: What’s in a James W. Ray Award

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Since 2014, the James W. Ray awards have allowed Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum to recognize and support exceptional Washington state artists through funding, career assistance, and opportunities to exhibit their work. Funding for the awards comes from a five-year $1.1 million grant from the Raynier Institute and Foundation.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Gregory Pierce

Aaron Jin

Communications Intern

Yakima artist Gregory Pierce’s practice has taken him across the US and overseas, all the way to Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Ecuador. We asked him to share a little bit about what his experience abroad and at home in the Yakima/Tri Cities area.

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Artist Profile Series: MissTANGQ (Hua Meng Yu)

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern

MissTANGQ (Hua Meng Yu) is a Chinese-born, first-generation, queer-identified, multi-media artist. She is deeply inspired by the hyphenated experience and explores this through animation, installation and mask-making to create interdisciplinary work.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Leilani Lewis

Aaron Jin

Communications Intern

We’re excited to start a new blog series to help you get to know our fantastic guest workshop leaders! There’s no better person to kick this off with than our first guest presenter: Leilani Lewis.

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Artist Trust at Seattle Art Fair 2017

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Are you curious about what we do at Artist Trust? Don’t miss your chance to talk one-on-one with an Artist Trust advocate at this year’s Seattle Art Fair!

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Take the 2017 Annual Artist Survey!

Shannon Halberstadt

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Washington State Artist,  I’m writing to invite you to take Artist Trust’s Annual Artist Survey. Year after year, Artist Trust works hard to provide funding, support, and connections for the talented artists in Washington State.

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A Look Behind the Curtain of Art Business Night School

Katie Creyts

Board Member

I am an artist and an art professor and never had a course or workshop focused on professional practice. My interest in the Artist Trust’s professional development program started as a participant in the EDGE Artist Professional Practice Program, a week-long seminar held in Port Townsend.

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#Generocity2017

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

THANK YOU to all who visited our #Generocity2017 booth last night at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs.

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On Thursday, May 25, a panel discussion titled “In Support of Artists: The Evolution of Seattle Exhibition Spaces” took place at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district. The event was hosted by Greg Kucera of Greg Kucera Gallery and co-hosted by Sharon Arnold of Bridge Productions and Gail Gibson of G.Gibson Gallery.

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Over the last year, we’ve made several changes to our grantmaking programs based on feedback from artists, including a new grant management system, preliminary application feedback, free post-panel feedback, launching Office Hours, and increased promotion of award winners. The intent of these changes is to make our programs more artist-focused and to demystify the grantmaking process, or, as I like to say, to show artists “the secret sauce” of applying for grants.

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2016 Artist Trust Annual Report

Pablo Schugurensky

Board President

In 2016 we celebrated the first 30 years of Artist Trust. The anniversary   serves as a marker – really; an exclamation point – not only to reflect and   celebrate the accomplishments to date but also to chart and track future   activities.

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Reasons to support Artist Trust

Katie Haven

Artist Trust Donor

I am writing you today to tell you about an organization that I am proud to support and ask you to join me. My sister, Victoria Hav­en, decided on an art career early in life.  I have watched her progress from art student to established artist, witnessing the steady increase in recognition for her work – from local support to international opportunities.

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Two Weeks of Artist Trust in Port Townsend

Zach Frimmel

Program Coordinator

It’s safe to say that 2016 will go down in Artist Trust history as the year that it came and conquered to celebrate thirty years’ worth of supporting its roster of incredible Washington State artists.

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King Khazm received an Artist Trust Fellowship for his contribution to music this year. His current pursuits in hip hop activism has led him to a more comprehensive perspective of hip hop in the global age and its role in society.

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Q&A with Tyna Ontko | 2014 GAP, Visual

Artist Trust

Tyna Ontko is a Seattle-based visual artist who received an Artist Trust GAP in 2014. Her work is primarily based in analogue forms of printmaking and photography, with an emphasis on using the multiple of print in an installation format.

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Norie Sato is a Seattle-based artist who’s public art is featured in a spaces such as San Diego International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. In 2013, she received the Twining Humber Award for her lifetime contribution to the arts.

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Laura Castellanos is a Cuban-American visual artist residing in Seattle, who works in textiles and fibers to create large soft sculptures. She received an Artist Trust GAP in 2012 to cover the shipment of her work to the Moses Lake Museum for a solo exhibition

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Anne Drew Potter is a figurative ceramic artist who received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2011. Her work deals with questions of identity and it’s relation to the body and the lived experience, reflecting the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience.

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Eliaichi Kimaro is an activist, artist, filmmaker, and the Director of 9elephants productions, a company that uses art and video to bring stories of struggle, resistance and survival to a broader audience. She received her 2010 GAP to help finish her documentary film A Lot Like You.

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Diem Chau, our 2008 artist, combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint.

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Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter.

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We celebrate 2004 with John Grade’s 2004 GAP. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve large groups of people to collaboratively build and install. His newest work Middle Fork will open February 2, 2017 in the Seattle Art Museum’s Brotman Forum.

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John Feodorov is a visual artist of Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage.  Feodorov is interested in creating art that both engages and confronts the viewer; often utilizing pop culture detritus, as well as sound and video, to create works that question ideas and assumptions about spirituality, identity and place.

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Romson Regarde Bustillo is an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, painting and installation art and active as a teaching artist. His work often explores place and context, how objects, found gestures, and visual cues modify, enhance, and/or divert meanings.

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Wade Madsen received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 1998 for his performance work. He has taught at Cornish College of the Arts for over 31 years and premiered nearly 33 dances for Cornish Dance Theater. Wade currently teaches community classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country.

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Q&A with Haruko Nishimura | 1994 GAP, Performance

Sofia Babaeva

Communications Intern

Haruko Nishimura is a dancer, choreographer, co-director and musician of Degenerate Art Ensemble who is always searching to discover how art can create deeper connections and awakenings. She received an Artist Trust GAP for her performance work in 1994.

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A Letter about Artist Trust’s Equity Plan

Shannon Halberstadt

Executive Director

Artist Trust has been actively working to further racial equity in both funding and support for individual artists for many years. Since early 2015, an Artist Trust taskforce of Board, staff, and community members have been exploring how we can take action to prioritize diversity and effect inclusion organization-wide.

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Artist Trust launches the Jini Dellaccio Project

Annie Holden

Communications Manager

The Jini Dellaccio Project, a fiscally-sponsored project of Artist Trust, focuses on the potential roles that artists and others can play as they inhabit the mostly undefined stage of life beyond “retirement.”

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The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. The 2016 Award will recognize an outstanding literary artist working in fiction. Artist Trust’s staff is available to help you with your application in a number of ways, from scheduled office hours & webinars to application review to ad-hoc question answering. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about this opportunity!

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On June 16th Artist Trust partnered with the Henry Art Gallery to present A Space of One’s Own: A Conversation on Affordable Housing and Workspace for Artists. This panel conversation was presented in conjunction with Gift City: A Project by Keller Easterling, currently on view at the Henry.

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GiveBIG to Artist Trust!

Shaun Scott

2015 GAP recipient

“I’m a historian. I rely on my source materials to inspire reflection, and to relate to readers. These materials can be costly. Earning a grant from Artist Trust has helped make it so that I don’t have to worry about securing them.”

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A Letter from Humaira Abid

Humaira Abid

2015 Fellowship Recipient

I believe that artists have a responsibility to address social issues, stereotypes, and taboos in order to promote change

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The Pleasure and Power of the Arts at Artist Trust’s 2016 Benefit Art Auction

Gayle Tice

Freelance Writer https://www.linkedin.com/in/GayleTice

It remains a fact that an artist cannot always make a living off of their work. And if they can, it sometimes requires that they not dedicate themselves as much to experimentation and challenging norms as they can with the support of organizations like Artist Trust.  I wonder how much of the transformative power of art would never be realized if artists had to function entirely without such support.

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Joy and Sadness— Michelle de la Vega’s SUCCESSION: The Exchange Project

Gayle Tice

Gayle Tice, Freelance Writer https://www.linkedin.com/in/GayleTice

Social engagement artist Michelle de la Vega (2015 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient) saw the contrasting nature of Pioneer Square as well. She seeks engagement in her art. She seeks to learn, to teach, to grow, and to produce work from her exchanges. For this project she invited members of the homeless community into the gallery as participants, a space she said they don’t usually enter. Could this exhibit give me a new perspective?

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Practice and Performance, Audience and Actor, Memory and Moment: Zoe I Juniper at the Frye

Gayle Tice

Freelance Writer, https://www.linkedin.com/in/GayleTice

If you enter the zoe I juniper space you may be invited to lie down on the floor as the dancers move around you, or witness a blindfolded dancer being gently danced away from colliding with you. You could also find yourself defined as a point in space for dancers to move in relation to, or witness the dancers exploring new ways to orient themselves to each other.

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A Letter from Michelle de la Vega

Michelle de la Vega

2015 Fellowship Recipient

Artist Trust has been instrumental in my development. Without the critical resources of time, funding, and community building, my journey as an artist would look very different today.

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A Roomful of Friends: Quotes from 2014 Visual Edge Program Graduates

Gayle Tice

Freelance Writer, https://www.linkedin.com/in/GayleTice

There are so many wonderful chances to view the work of those who have put themselves out there. The public benefits greatly from the increased confidence of artists. Anita West, whose pen and ink drawings were exhibited, said “it (the EDGE program) was super fabulous, really hard work; I made a lot of good friends.”

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Rodrigo Valenzuela’s ‘Future Ruins:’ Disorienting in a Good Way

Gayle Tice

Freelance Writer, https://www.linkedin.com/in/GayleTice

“There is no logical sequence to everyday life. Movies tell us that there is. But, look, I am having all of these conversations. We look at all these different windows at work. We have email open, and Hulu open, and some of it is actually work. It isn’t that we are born, get married, and die.  This is how our brains really work.”

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