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.
On March 11, Artist Trust comes to Port Townsend! Meet us at our workshop on How to Build an Audience, at our one-on-one Office Hours, or the Happy Hour!
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.
In 2016, thanks to the support of friends like you….
As we reflect on the year behind us and imagine the year ahead…
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.
We are proud to announce Rafael Soldi as our 2016 Jini Dellaccio GAP awardee. This year also marks the last year that the award will be available, but Jini Dellaccio’s memory lives on in the Jini Dellaccio Project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Artist Trust wants to thank all who make the GAP grant possible.
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.
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.
I’m writing to ask the favor of a few minutes of your time to complete Artist Trust’s Annual Artist Survey.
Brett Walker received an Artist Trust GAP to help with the material costs of his sculptural work in 2009. He is currently focusing more on his photography work and residing in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Tivon Rice’s (Seattle) work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital technologies. He is the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2006 and a GAP in 2011.
Miho Takekawa is a Seattle-based percussion musician and composer who performs classical, contemporary, Japanese/Latin traditional music.
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.
We celebrate 2003 with the talented Kathleen Flenniken. Her works include the poetry collections Plume and Famous, and she was the Washington State Poet Laureate from 2012 – 2014.
Anna Skibska received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2002. She is a multimedia artist and creator of the glass flame-working method called the Anna Skibska Technique.
Deb Calletti received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2001.
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.
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.
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.
Lori Talcott is a Seattle-based studio jeweler. She received her first Artist Trust Fellowship in 1997.
Christian Swenson is an interdisciplinary performing artist making art with his body and voice. He received the Artist Trust GAP for performance in 1996.
Kathleen Alcalá received her Artist Trust Fellowship in 1995. She is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history.
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.
Larry R. Ahvakana received a 1993 GAP. His work draws on Neo-Aboriginal environmental design inspired by his Inupiat culture.
Bryan Willis received his Artist Trust Fellowship in 1992. Currently, Bryan serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Nancy Rawles received her first award from Artist Trust in 1991. Since then, she has gone on to publish three novels (Love Like Gumbo, Crawfish Dreams, My Jim) and a play (Keeper at the Gate).
Dayna received her 1990 GAP for her performance work. She is currently working on a new dance piece inspired by a discarded sheet of calculus problems.
Eduardo Calderón is a Seattle-based photographer. He received a GAP for his photographic work in 1989.
Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books since 1979 and established The M Kimberly Press in 1984. She received the GAP in 1988 for her visual work.
Linda Bierds is an award-winning poet hailing from Bainbridge Island. She received the GAP in the first year that Artist Trust began to fund artists in Washington State.
Pablo Schugurensky on Artist Trust’s Mission, Future, and Strategic Plan
Artist Trust is excited to celebrate art and artists in Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula!
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.
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.”
Artist Trust is pleased to welcome three new board members and a new president.
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!
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.
Your donations helped fund 12 Grants for Artist Projects!
“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.”
I believe that artists have a responsibility to address social issues, stereotypes, and taboos in order to promote change
20 multidisciplinary artists are coming to 5 creative cities around Washington in a cultural exchange across disciplines and regions.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Feat 2015: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust
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.”
“...you need to be able to immerse yourself in the paintings as a viewer.”
“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.”
CALL participants get a private tour of SAM’s art storage area.
Get ready for the funnest fundraising event of the year!
“Artist Trust cares deeply about artists—our processes, our challenges and the ideas we strive to make real.”
Tiesha summarizes our recent workshop taught by Washington Lawyers for the Arts.
Delbert sings and children play.
Jeremy brings art to ice.
Sharon talks about poetry and the cowboy life.
Aaron serenades at Sunrise.
Painter Carole d’Inverno talks about helping cartoonist Jim Woodring archive and document his work.
Interim Director Barbara Green talks about what’s next for Artist Trust.
Leo Berk shows his carving chops at the Burke Museum.
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…
I don’t like to think about where my attempt to write would have gone if that Artist Trust envelope hadn’t appeared on my front door.
Fiona McGuigan went to EDGE and beyond.
Meet the four artists receiving assistance with archiving and documenting their work through our Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program.
Some handy tips on great author photos, from the EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists curriculum.
Art-making and baby-raising are both humbling in the way that swimming in strong ocean currents puts you in your place.
Artist Trust has worked in a very radical way to create a culture that acknowledges and supports artists as part of the larger community whole. —Pat Graney
This rare opportunity was made a reality through the existence of my Artist Trust GAP.
Ellen Picken’s GAP helps her travel to a Vermont Studio Center Residency.
Here’s to affordable healthcare for artists!
A packed house learned all about photographing artwork digitally at this new TECH EDGE workshop.
A perfect summer evening on Pine Lake with Cody Beebe & the Crooks.
Anne Drew Potter & Nova High School students deconstruct their identities via collage.
The pilot CALL Program started training its Legacy Specialists over Memorial Day weekend.
Meet the newest member of the AT team!
Webster Crowell brings junk to life at the ReStore in Seattle.
Sammamish High School students give the thumbs-up in Kirk Lang’s workshop.
The slightest nudge of encouragement can make the difference as to whether or not wonderful art sees the light of day. I am so thankful Artist Trust is here pushing artists in the right direction. —Bill Frisell
Judith Kitchen helps people picture their lives for her Meet the Artist event.
Artists, arts lovers and Artist Trust gathered for a scintillating weekend in Spokane.
Jovino Santos Neto shares his music around Yakima County.
David Franklin’s GAP helped him create a new body of work at the Kohler Factory.
Become an Artist Trust Member in March and get one of these fabulous tote bags, modeled by some of our gorgeous staff.
Juan Alonso-Rodriguez hosts a fundraiser for Latino/a artists career training.
In Voice of Art, Jeff Leisawitz of Electron Love Theory explores the artist’s voice while creating an original musical composition.
Welcome to the newest members of Artist Trust’s Board of Trustees!
The work supported by grants from Artist Trust creates ripple effects of new opportunities, employment and encouragement throughout our community. You are our vital partners. —Nikki Nojima Louis
EJ Landsman reflects on the “I Am An Artist” Professional Development Workshop.
It seems to me that an artist who ignores the Internet at this point in time dooms their work and their self to irrelevance.
Ready for a rousing evening of art and performance?
Hoquiam’s got heart.