May 22, 2017 – Artist Trust awards the 2017 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award to Ann Leda Shapiro, an artist of Vashon Island, Washington. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the arts. It is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given annually since 2001 to a Washington State self-identified woman visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 or more years of her life to creating art.
Ann Leda Shapiro grew up in New York City and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of California, Davis. In 1973, she was invited to exhibit her works on paper at the Whitney Museum, one of two women to have solo shows that year. Two of her works were excluded from the show because they were considered too obscene. Ann has taught art and criticism at universities in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Her experience volunteering at a Texas acupuncture clinic for people with AIDS inspired her to enroll in acupuncture school and pursue Chinese medicine, both as a practitioner and as inspiration for her art. For the past 25 years, Ann has lived on Vashon Island where she works as an artist and acupuncturist. In 2015, the two pieces censored by the Whitney Museum in the 1973 exhibition were purchased and donated to the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection as part of Matthew Offenbacher’s project “Deed of Gift.”
“I am appreciative beyond words to have been selected for the Twining Humber Award,” says Ann Leda Shapiro. “To have my work seriously considered and seen and to receive recognition and financial support is a first for me.”
The Twining Humber Award began in 2001 and is made possible by a generous gift to Artist Trust from the late Yvonne Twining Humber. This year Artist Trust received 14 applications with six of the applicants working and residing outside of King County. The 2017 panelists were S. Surface, co-curator of The Alice and a Seattle Arts Commissioner; MalPina Chan, artist and past GAP recipient; and Todd Jannausch, co-founder of Feast Arts Center and a past Fellowship recipient.
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 www.artisttrust.org.