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.
Writer Brooke Matson was the recipient of the 2016 Centrum Residency. Read on to learn more about what Artist Trust’s support has meant for her, and power more programming and support for artists statewide.
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.
Since the inception of our Office Hours program in 2016, we’ve had over 300 one-on-one, artist-led conversations all over Washington.
Learn more about gifting appreciated stock from match donor Robert E. Frey
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.
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.
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.
Photographer, career-planning instructor, and father - Ira Gardner explains the importance for professional artists to understand their art as their business.
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.
Author of Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin Nicole Hardy shares about artistic risk and vulnerability, as well as about her favorite (but endangered) part of living in Seattle.
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.
Congratulations to Auburn artist Stephanie Skura! Stephanie is the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Office Depot, the supply store of her choice.
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.
Here’s a list of Artist Trust’s upcoming programs and events happening in King & Pierce Counties.
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.
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.
Here’s a list of Artist Trust’s upcoming programs and events happening in Spokane, WA.
Yuki Nakamura has been creating ceramic and multidisciplinary art in the Pacific Northwest for over 21 years.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, Natasha Marin is a Seattle-based poet whose work has appeared in Feminist Studies Journal, African American Review and the Caribbean Writer.
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.
An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Asia Tail is a Tacoma-based painter and arts administrator whose work has been featured in New American Paintings, and exhibitions including the Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest Art Now @ TAM and Vermillion Art Gallery’s Women on the Brink.
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!
Seattle native Imani Sims is an accomplished performer, poet, and educator.
On August 12, the Frye Art Museum will present the first museum solo exhibition of Seattle-based performance artist and poet Storme Webber: Casino: A Palimpsest
2015 Twining Humber Award Recipient Deborah Faye Lawrence’s solo exhibition Strumpet of Justice will open on August 3 at BONFIRE Gallery in Seattle.
Born and raised New Jersey, Elissa Washuta is a Seattle-based writer of personal essays and memoirs whose work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BuzzFeed, among other publications. She was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules.
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.
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.
THANK YOU to all who visited our #Generocity2017 booth last night at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs.
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.
School is now in session! Art Business Night School is back to put some spring in your entrepreneurial step.
Generous donors funded 10 Grants for Artist Projects!
What happens after you click “submit”? A behind-the-scenes tour of the grants decision-making process.
When I begin a new project, it is a scary process filled with blank pages…
On April 27, Artist Trust returns to Walla Walla.
Artist Trust’s staff and board visit Spokane April 28-30 for our annual board retreat and a series of programs
Full list of applicant resources for GAP season
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!