The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation
[from left] Leslie Chihuly, Leo Berk, Margie Livingston, Dale Chihuly. photo: David Choe
There is nothing more exciting for us at Artist Trust than to announce new programs designed to help artists prosper. In keeping with our mission, the Arts Innovator Award is certainly one of those programs. Launched in 2010, this award is due to one successful Washington State artist, his appreciation of the role that grants played in his formative years and ultimately to his generosity: Dale Chihuly. Together with his wife Leslie, Dale established a new family foundation in August 2009 to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations. As Dale says:
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.
They approached Artist Trust to develop a partnership to administer this new award, making a three-year commitment with a generous gift for two artists to be awarded $25,000 each annually! This makes the Arts Innovator Award the largest grant available to individual artists in Washington State. The award’s intention is to support and recognize Washington artists who are forging innovative paths in their particular fields—artists working in all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their discipline.
We greatly appreciate The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation for creating this award and for creating another reason that Washington State is a great place to be a practicing artist.