Artist Trust’s mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State.
Artist Trust is open and welcoming. We value relationships with all artists and communities to truly reflect the rich diversity of artistic expression in Washington State. Artist Trust is equitable in all we do. We facilitate support for all artists, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in the arts funding world through discrimination and structural inequities. We actively seek new relationships, perspectives, ideas, and opportunities.
Transparency makes trust possible. Artist Trust is transparent in our operations, programming, and decision-making. We readily provide information about our business practices, make clear the processes and rationale for our grant making and programming, and convey changes immediately and consistently. We are an open book.
Artist Trust is responsive to the needs of artists and arts communities. We proactively propose solutions in creative and responsible ways. We are mission-focused, we develop our goals with artists, and we follow through on our goals.
Artists are agents of change. They reflect our shifting culture and push boundaries to expose new perspectives. Our forward-thinking approach keeps us at the leading edge of change in the arts and in our communities. We listen to what artists want and stay knowledgeable about emerging needs and resources. We are active in community leadership to anticipate and respond to national and regional issues and trends that impact artists. In turn, we articulate the “edges of change” that artists are creating and predicting.
Racial Equity Framework
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization that helps Washington State artists of all disciplines thrive through direct support, connections, and advocacy. We believe a fair and just society ensures artists of all backgrounds and identities are included in its cultural narratives.
ARTIST TRUST’S COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY
Artist Trust is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization, and to working against the systems of racism we have inherited, upheld, and perpetuated. We know we are not there yet. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have been systemically oppressed, and we are committed to partnering with them to eradicate white supremacy throughout our organization and to support historically marginalized artists across Washington State.
Artist Trust measures progress toward strategic goals and objectives through annual program evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative measures. Annual initiatives are iterative, modified as necessary to achieve the best program efficacy to support and encourage Washington State artists. It is important to note that racial equity emerged as an organizational priority, and Artist Trust has created a Racial Equity Framework to guide our strategic initiatives through a lens of racial equity.
Immediate Past President | Seattle
Mark Olthoff is a Principal at Seattle-based design firm Olson Kundig. Since joining the firm in 2003, Mark has worked on a range of project types, from city homes, mountain retreats and island cabins to creative studios and large-scale hospitality projects in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Chicago, Manhattan, and China.
Mark’s abiding interest in understanding diverse landscapes and cultures has taken him to project locations around the world. In 2014, he was named the Plym Traveling Fellow by the Illinois School of Architecture, which allowed him to study the relationship between architecture, environment and art.
A longtime advocate for the arts, Mark has served on the Board of Directors for Shunpike and on the University of Washington Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Council. He is also a frequent guest critic and lecturer at the UW Department of Architecture, where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.
President | Seattle
A design thinking and strategy consultant, Cezanne Garcia works on health system redesigns and provides training and technical assistance to diverse health systems around the world. Her focus is on building the capacity of staff, clinicians, and administrative leaders in partnership with patients and families, to innovate and integrate best practices that are solution focused and action oriented to improve care financial, experience of care, equity, quality, and safety performance outcomes.
Cezanne is a founding member of the Jewish Women’s Funding Network and Harborview’s Community Service League. Prior to Artist Trust, she served on the Board of the Society of Public Health Education, Washington Health Education Resources Exchange, Alternative and Non-Traditional Employment for Women, and Navajo Nation Family Planning.
She is the founder of C Salts and Threads, a business development partner that supports women’s textile collectives in Myanmar, and a fused glass artist that plays with color to transform our experience of light.
Vice President | Olympia
Mariella Luz is a working artist, studio potter, and instructor. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Mariella founded the Olympia All Ages Project and worked as general manager at K Records. She serves on the boards of the Washington State Arts Comission and Olympia Artspace Alliance.
Vice President | Seattle
Kurt left college thinking he would be a scenic designer. A chance opportunity to join the stonecarver’s studio at Washington Cathedral (in the other Washington) lead him in a different path. For longer than he now cares to admit, he’s been helping other visual artists get their work out in public places. He’s now developing works of art for Sound Transit’s light rail expansion projects in the lines leading to Redmond, Lynnwood, and Tacoma, and making little drawings on weekends.
Kurt is a past board member of the Reflex Magazine, Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange, and 911 Media Arts.
Treasurer | Redmond
Secretary | Spokane
Brooke Kiener has been a theatre-maker, educator and arts advocate in Spokane Washington for more than 15 years. Currently serving as the Associate Provost at Whitworth University, she also served as a faculty member in the theatre department for 12 years. Her areas of artistic practice are in theatre directing and performance; applied and educational theatre; and community engagement through theatre. She served two terms on Spokane’s Arts Commission, and in 2011, helped to transition the City’s Arts Department to the non-profit organization, Spokane Arts, which promotes arts and culture in the region through grant making, advocacy, and professional development.
Board Member | Seattle
Lee Campbell worked as a computer programmer, programming everything from supercomputers to embedded processors. When Lee moved to Seattle in 1993, he began taking classes at Pratt Fine Arts Center, first glass blowing, but including glass casting, welding, bronze casting, and blacksmithing. Lee’s involvement with Pratt included being an instructor and a board member for six years. For the last two years, Lee has been working in a space at Equinox Studios. Lee is concentrating on developing and making his art using both glass and bronze.
Board Member | Seattle
Lorrie Cardoso is a Senior Paralegal at Starbucks where she has been for the past 16 years. She previously spent 5 years at Microsoft. She is currently on the board of directors of the Mini Mart City Park and Pratt Fine Arts Center, she’s a partner in COLLECT, and she’s the chair of the Northwest Chapter of ArtTable. She previously served on the board of directors of CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) and Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Company in addition to founding and leading a Meetup Group called Seattle Arts and Cultural Events.
Board Member | Seattle
Originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia, Will is the son of an architect and artist, both of whom are patrons of the arts. He was raised to appreciate the role of the arts as part of vibrant community life.
Over the course of his career, Will has applied his skills in program management in the fields of international logistics, nonproliferation, and information technology, most recently at Amazon as a Senior Program Manager. He has experience as an entrepreneur and applies his knowledge and skills as a consultant with companies working in the global health and nonproliferation space. He graduated from Florida State University and John Hopkins University where he focused on business and finance.
As a recent transplant to Seattle, Will quickly became enamored with Washington’s diverse and vibrant arts community. As a board member he is excited to find ways to help the Washington arts community continue to thrive and evolve.
Board Member | Spokane
Ginger Ewing is an arts educator, advocate and administrator living in Spokane. She began her career as the Curator for Cultural Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) where she developed and administered many successful programs from scratch. This includes a professional development program for regional high-school students interested in becoming exhibit interpreters; a K-20 American Indian educational program; and a monthly after-hours program meant to draw in new museum goers. At the MAC she also helped to curate many exhibitions and was trained in Visual Thinking Strategies, a student-centered teaching methodology centered around art.
Ginger is currently the Executive Director of the arts non-profit Terrain, which builds community and economic opportunity for artists in the Inland Northwest. In addition to putting on large-scale events, Terrain also runs a permanent gallery space, a performing arts space, a retail storefront, an arts-driven beautification program, and a professional development program for creative entrepreneurs. In addition to Artist Trust, Ginger sits on the Boards of Whipsmart, Keep Music Live, and the Washington State Arts Commission, as well as the Advisory Committee for All in Washington. She also loves dogs, especially pugs.
Board Member | Seattle
Anthony became a lawyer as a second career after serving as an interpreter and intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy during the end of the cold war.
He has been practicing law for 20 years as a trial attorney in many areas of law, including civil rights, personal injury, and family law (mostly for international families and LGBTQ clients), and has been in almost 100 trials all over the west coast.
Anthony has also donated 100’s of hours a year to pro bono legal services and as a volunteer in the community, including serving a term from 2014-2016 as the Washington State Bar Association President.
Anthony currently serves on the State Minority & Justice Commission, and starting in the fall of 2019 he will join the Board of Artist Trust.
Anthony’s current work life is divided between serving half-time as a pro tem judge, maintaining a small private practice, and supporting a non-profit legal services firm he helped to found, International Families Justice Coalition (IFJC).
When Anthony is not busy serving justice he exercises his hobby as an artist and painter. Anthony and his husband raised two children together and currently live in Seattle.
Board Member | Seattle
Michael Lane currently serves on the Artist Trust board and works as the Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon.
The majority of his professional experience has been in information technology engineering, data center operations, program/project management, and service management. He graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has also served on the advisory board of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His focus as a board member with Artist Trust is to establish more opportunities for artists who are leveraging technology.
Board Member | Seattle
Marge Levy is an artist, designer, educator, organizational leader, and fundraiser. She has lived in Seattle since 1991 when she came to the region as Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School. Since 2000, she has developed a studio practice in ceramics at Pottery Northwest and designs jewelry, become a docent at the Seattle Art Museum, and been involved with inspirational organizations such as Pottery Northwest, On the Boards, Whim Whim, and most recently Ginny Ruffner’s SOLA project, She has one dog, Toby, one husband Larry, and one hobby, scuba diving in Southeast Asia.
Board Member | Seattle
Nicole Stellner is originally from the Minneapolis area where her love of the arts was developed through formative experiences at the Walker Art Center, Children’s Theatre Company at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and, the Guthrie Theater.
Nicole is a lifetime arts patron, supporter, volunteer, and advocate. Nicole has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MBA from the University of Washington, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She spent over 20 years at Weyerhaeuser in strategic planning and finance roles. She is currently Board President of Shunpike and is on the boards of Annex Theatre and Macha Theatre Works.
Board Member | Tacoma
Elizabeth Weaver is currently the Grants Manager for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. She previously spent seven years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she served as a central point of contact for grant seekers. Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of Washington and Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service. She is a writer with a deep interest in examining the multifarious ways racist and patriarchal institutions inform public policy and public life. Elizabeth lives with her partner, a filmmaker, and their dogs in South Tacoma.
Board Member | Seattle
Gerard is a native Parisian who moved to Seattle in 1987 when he joined Microsoft, where he worked until 2015. He served in a variety of capacities for the company, from global development to engineering and business functions. He has been involved in a number of startup companies in the Seattle area as well as nonprofits.
Recently, Gerard became the CEO of Nonlinear Materials Corporation (NLM) in collaboration with the University of Washington.
Gerard is an avid cook and a connoisseur of fine wines.
He lives in Seattle on Queen Anne Hill with his wife, Pamela, and daughter.
Nadia Ahmed is a performance artist, sculptor, and arts administrator currently based in Shoreline, WA. She moved from LA to Seattle in 2014, where she earned a BA in Art History and a BA in Three-Dimensional Forum from the University of Washington. Embracing time as a medium, she uses her artwork to explore the failure and pain of memory as well as her perpetual discomfort, believing that you have to be willing to be uncomfortable and have harder conversations in order to enact change. Nadia’s exhibition history includes Out of Sight, The High Wall, and Elsewhere Museum. She has worked as an educator, programmer, curator, and fundraiser at multiple non-profit and arts-based organizations.
Currently working as Development Coordinator at Artist Trust, reach out to Nadia about membership and donations!
Lydia Boss is a Seattle-based artist with a diverse professional background rooted in teaching, curating, and creative programming. Her work investigates themes of identity, time, and nature through a millennial lens. Surfaces and experiences are manipulated in her work through the use of glass, photography, collage, and new media. She has had residencies at The Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School and was named the 2019 recipient of the John and Mary Shirley Award from the Pratt Fine Arts Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Currently working as a Program Manager at Artist Trust, reach out to Lydia about grants, professional development, and program partnerships.
Elizabeth’s theater background led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration. After graduating in 2016, she moved to Seattle from Michigan and has been working in Marketing/Communications roles ever since. Before landing at Artist Trust, she worked in the Education Department at Seattle Opera and then moved onto Community for Youth, a mentoring organization. Elizabeth enjoys working collaboratively with the AT team to tell Artist Trust’s story across all our platforms. Even more fulfilling is working with artists and members of our community to tell their stories and the impact of AT on their lives. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys reading, taking fun trips with her husband Doug, and eating delicious food.
Currently working as the Communications Manager at Artist Trust, reach out to Elizabeth about our newsletters, all things social media, and the Artist Trust website.
Annual Fund & Events Manager
Justine is a stage manager turned arts administrator originally from the Bay Area, CA. She received her BA in Drama from UC Irvine and her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Prior to becoming Artist Trust’s Annual Fund & Events Manager, Justine was the Development Coordinator and a Development Intern. Outside of work, Justine loves binge-watching, reading, and spending time with her husband Chris and two dogs, Otis and Winston.
Finance & Operations Manager
Gems likes rocks and minerals so much they chose to go by the nickname Gems. Artist Trust’s mission is especially meaningful to them, as they are also a working artist. They’ve dabbled in many mediums, including stone carving and performance art, but is mostly known in Seattle as a member of the band Nail Polish.
In the office, they enjoy working backstage to ensure that the organization is fully equipped and operational. They manage daily bookkeeping, IT support for staff, and act as a liaison to the Board of Trustees. Their favorite task is printing grant checks for artists.
Kristina directs fundraising efforts for Artist Trust, creating the development strategies that help make our grantmaking and educational programs possible.
With nearly twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, Kristina has served organizations representing almost every arts discipline, including visual art, theater, modern dance, performance art, and popular and classical music. She has held leadership roles in different Seattle arts and culture organizations including The Vera Project and Northwest Folklife.
Prior to relocating to Seattle in 2008 she was Director of Development for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the second largest Fringe Festival in the United States. Kristina lives in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood with her partner, note guitar player/ composer Simon Henneman, two cats, and a dog named Lola.
Born and raised Seattle, Luther is the author of A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the founder of Shade Literary Arts, a literary arts organization for queer writers of color, and co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast. His work has been published in Poetry, The Seattle Times, Paris Review, The Rumpus, and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Grace is a Seattle artist and horror fanatic. Her passion for all things spooky is based in her research of representation in media, and representation in the arts at large. Originally a Program Intern for Artist Trust in 2019, she has since contracted for the org. and is proud to be working on the team as the Program Coordinator.
Job Opportunities (as of 7/6/2021)
Artist Trust is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a racially diverse workforce. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about Artist Trust’s commitment to racial equity, read our Racial Equity Framework statement.
Thank you for your interest in working with us!
Salary: $46,000- $60,000 DOE
We are looking for a creative storyteller committed to supporting artists to join our team! Currently reporting to the Acting Executive Director while collaborating across departments, the Communications Manager works intentionally with artists, staff, and community to share stories highlighting the impact of our work and the role individual artists play in creating a vibrant, resilient, and equitable Washington State. Using a variety of communications platforms and tools – including but not limited to social media, the Artist Trust website, media, and print – the Communications Manager promotes our programs, fundraising, and organizational initiatives, creates our annual communications plans, and builds our visual identity and brand.