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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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A Letter from Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta

EDGE Professional Development Program Graduate & Grants for Artist Project (GAP) Recipient

“Artist Trust cares deeply about artists—our processes, our challenges and the ideas we strive to make real.”

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Clearly, In a Nice Bold Font

Stacy Lynn Gilbert

2014 EDGE Graduate

My tendency to shy away from self-introductions, especially as a literary artist, is one of the many reasons why I applied to Artist Trust’s 2014 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists…

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Meet the CALL Artists

Nichole DeMent

Program Manager

Meet the four artists receiving assistance with archiving and documenting their work through our Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program.

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March Member Madness!

Stephanie Moore

Development Associate & Member Liaison

Become an Artist Trust Member in March and get one of these fabulous tote bags, modeled by some of our gorgeous staff.

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