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Artist Trust Announces $25,000 Arts Innovator Award Recipients

For Immediate Release:


Annie Holden

Communications Manager

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Film artist Clyde Petersen and video artist/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela have received Artist Trust’s 2014 Arts Innovator Awards. Each will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds for originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The Arts Innovator Awards are funded by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.

Clyde Petersen (Seattle) has been a practicing film artist for the past 15 years. His work has been shown across the United States in exhibitions, screenings, feature and short films, music videos, performances, tours, recordings, and publications. He has received numerous grants and has been written about in many articles. Clyde’s work tells a personal story of being a working-class transgender person raised by a schizophrenic mother. He interweaves a world that is vibrant, colorful, persistent and always changing, both internally and externally. Clyde is known to illuminate voices too seldom heard and stories too rarely told. 

Rodrigo Valenzuela (Seattle), originally from Chile, earned a Master’s degree in PhotoMedia at the University of Washington. For the past 10 years, his work has been in group and solo exhibitions across the United States, and he is the recipient of many residencies and awards. “I situate my creative practice within the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction through video, photography and installation.” In 2015, Rodrigo will have a solo exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago, Chile.

Leslie and I wish to congratulate the winners of Artist Trust’s 2014 Arts Innovator Awards. It is our privilege, through The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, to be able to provide the awards to artists who, like myself, experiment and push the boundaries of an artistic medium to new and ambitious heights.”  —Dale Chihuly

Artist Trust is grateful for the following panelists who reviewed 114 applications and interviewed eight semi-finalists before selecting the recipients:

Literary Arts
James Bertolino, Whatcom County
Jerome Gold, Snohomish County
Shin Yu Pai, King County

Media Arts
Beth Barrett, King County
Gary Hill, King County
Marcie Sillman, King County

Performing Arts
Chris Kenji Beer, King County
Bernadine Griffin, King County
Hummie Mann, King County

Visual Arts
Lisa Harris, King County
Jean Mandeberg, Thurston County
Roger Shimomura, Kansas

Multi-Disciplinary Arts
Andries Fourie, Oregon

The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations.

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.