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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Robin Held

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

In her over 20 years supporting Seattle’s art community, Robin Held has served as a curator for the Henry Art Gallery, Deputy Director for the Frye Art Museum, and Executive Director of Reel Grrls, and currently works as the principal of Held Consulting.

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Artist Profile Series: Mary Coss

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Mary Coss is a Seattle-based artist specializing in sculpture and multimedia installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at alternative venues and community art spaces such as BONFIRE Gallery, Artprize Michigan, and Franklin Furnace NYC, and she is a co-founder of METHOD Gallery in Seattle.

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Artist Profile Series: Marilyn Montufar

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Marilyn Montufar is an artist, art activist, and youth educator based in Seattle. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, she is interested in bridging connections between artists of the neighboring countries through visual arts and education.

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Artist Profile Series: Paul Rucker

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Visual artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Rucker of Seattle had just started working as an arts program manager when he received a Fellowship award from Artist Trust in 2007. The funding from the award was used to create PROLIFERATION.

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Artist Profile Series: Abigail Hagan

Pooja Galgali

Content Contributor

2017 GAP recipient Abigail Hagan of Seattle is a videographer, editor, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. Her work focuses on social justice, travel, dance, food accessibility, homelessness, immigration, and poverty.

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Artist Profile Series: Julie Gautier-Downes

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Spokane-based artist Julie Gautier-Downes received a 2016 Grants for Artist Project (GAP) award for Dislocated Memories, an installation project that explored her fractured relationship with her childhood home. Born in San Diego, Julie moved to New York City in 2001, an experience which prompted her bi-coastal identity and interest in perceptions of home.

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Catching Up with 2011 Twining Humber Award Recipient Barbara Noah

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

2004 GAP & 2011 Twining Humber Award recipient Barbara Noah of Seattle is a mixed-media artist experienced in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, public art, installations, and digital imaging. We recently caught up with Barbara and she was happy to share more about an upcoming project and how Artist Trust helped shape her path as an artist.

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Artist Profile Series: Esther de Monteflores

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Esther de Monteflores is a Bellingham-based circus artist whose work has been performed at Lookout Arts Center, Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, and more. She specializes in slack-wire walking, and is also trained in aerial arts, juggling, and stilts.

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Catching Up with Arts Innovator Award Recipient Sheila Klein

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Sheila Klein is a sculptor and public artist whose work incorporates sculpture, installation, architecture, and traditional women’s crafts. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and public collections around the world, and she has created thirteen pieces of public art since 1996, including Auburn City Hall’s Civic Lantern (2010) and Tukwila Sounder Station’s Imaginary Landscape (2014).

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Why give? Take it from a donor.

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

We’re so proud of the artists and programs we support across Washington State, and with national arts funding under threat, artists need that support more now than ever.

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A Letter from Valerie Curtis-Newton

Valerie Curtis-Newton

Artists like Valerie need your support more than ever before. Donate to Artist Trust by November 30 and your donation will be matched. Donate online at artisttrust.org. Artist Trust can also accept gifts of stock or securities, or be named a beneficiary in your will.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Humaira Abid

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Originally from Pakistan, Humaira Abid is a Seattle-based artist specializing in sculpture and miniature painting. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as in exhibitions at ArtXchange, Tacoma Art Museum, and Kirkland Art Center.

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Artist Profile Series: Blake Chamberlain

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Blake Chamberlain is a Seattle-based painter originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He is the creator of several portrait series celebrating activists and social visionaries from throughout history, as well as augmented portraits that challenge expectations placed on the human form.

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Thank You 2017 GAP Donors!

Cristina Friday

Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager

GAP is made possible by generous funders who support Artist Trust with gifts at $1,500 per year and above.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Robin Held

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Robin Held has been a leading force in Seattle’s arts communities for over twenty years. She has served as curator, collection strategist, and head of department for the Frye Art Museum and the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery, and has initiated and curated more than 100 exhibitions and performances in the Seattle area.

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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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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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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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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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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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