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Claudia Fitch Receives 2014 Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is pleased to announce that Claudia Fitch has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement! The unrestricted award of $10,000 is given annually to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the visual arts. 

Claudia is well-known in the artistic community for her innovative work. She has exhibited in museums, had solo gallery shows, done public art commissions, and participated in national and international residencies. In addition, Claudia received an Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) in 1996 and an Artist Trust Fellowship in 1992. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery (Seattle) and Adam Baumgold Gallery (New York, NY).

Panelists Pat DeCaro (Seattle), Shalon Parker (Spokane), and Sally Schuh (Seattle) reviewed the applications and narrowed the pool to a group of finalists. The panelists then reviewed supplemental work samples from the finalists to select the recipient. 

The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement was established by a generous gift to the Artist Trust Endowment from the late Yvonne Twining Humber. A practicing Washington State artist herself, Yvonne envisioned providing recognition to female artists who, oftentimes, have interrupted or postponed their art-making to answer the demands of family life.

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.