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Artist Trust Announces the Inaugural Gar La Salle Storyteller Award Recipient

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is excited to announce that the recipient of the inaugural Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2015 is writer Anca Szilágyi. The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist who is engaged in storytelling through their work in various artistic disciplines. The 2015 award recognizes an outstanding literary artist working in fiction.

Anca L. Szilágyi’s fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Kirkus, and on the Ploughshares blog. Anca is the author of the fiction chapbook “I Loved You in New York” (alice blue books, 2015). She was awarded an inaugural ‘Made at Hugo House’ Fellowship for her short story collection More Like Home Than Home. Her novel-in-progress, Paralegal, was awarded a 2014 4Culture Art Project grant and a 2015 Jack Straw Fellowship. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she co-organizes The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio and teaches creative writing at Richard Hugo House. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”

“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. It is so heartening to be told that my fiction has touched others and to be recognized for my vision of the myriad ways a story can be told. More importantly, the encouragement that comes with this honor is priceless—encouragement to persevere and trust myself to continue to take risks and to have the courage to tell stories as I see them.” - Anca L. Szilágyi

A group of three panelists selected three finalists from the initial pool of eligible applicants; Gar LaSalle selected the final award recipient from the finalists recommended by the panel. Jessica Mooney of Seattle and Chetna Chopra of Walla Walla were the finalists for the Gar La Salle Storyteller Award.  Artist Trust is grateful for the following panelists who reviewed applications and interviewed finalists before selecting the recipient:

Sam Ligon (Spokane County)
Angela Jane Fountas (King County)
Aaron Counts (King County)

Funding for the Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is generously donated by Gar LaSalle. A physician, sculptor, award-winning filmmaker and author, Gar LaSalle has been honored widely in both the medical and fine arts communities for his leadership and creativity. Gar has earned acclaim for his debut novel, Widow Walk, and its sequel, Isthmus, which reflect his love of history. His first feature-length film, Diary of a Moonlighter, was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series P.O.V. He writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.

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.

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.