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Apply to Artist Trust’s 2013 Arts Innovator Award!

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is pleased to announce that the 2013 Arts Innovator Award application is now open. At $25,000 each, these exceptional awards are the largest available to individual artists of Washington State. Arts Innovator Awards support Washington State generative artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their field.

“Receiving the Arts Innovator Award has been an incredibly powerful experience in my life and career. On a practical level, it has profoundly enhanced my ability to focus on my work; on a personal level, I am deeply grateful for the acknowledgement the award represents.”Dayna Hanson, 2012 Arts Innovator Award Recipient

“I can breathe, I can think and dream, and plan ambitiously. The award makes it feel like someone has my back.”Mandy Greer, 2012 Arts Innovator Award Recipient

2013 marks the fourth year for this award. It is available to individual artists from all disciplines who are demonstrating innovation in their art practice; are 18 years or older; Washington State residents; and have a minimum of five years in their professional art careers. A letter of recommendation is required.

A free Webinar will be offered to assist artists with the application process. Guidelines and Webinar information can be found at The deadline is June 24, 2013, 10:59pm.

The Arts Innovator Award is made possible through a generous gift from The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, whose mission is to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations.

“This singular award has recognized artists who are bravely pushing boundaries and inspiring our community, and has generated valuable and fascinating conversations about what ‘innovation’ means—a vital consideration for any community dedicated to creativity. We are honored to partner with the Chihuly Foundation to administer these awards.”
—Margit Rankin, Executive Director, Artist Trust

“Grants had a pivotal impact on my career in the early years. It is a privilege to be able to provide these grants, and through them, Leslie and I hope to make a significant impact on the careers of innovative artists in Washington State.”  —Dale Chihuly

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.