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 commits to addressing historical and structural barriers in access to artist funding, resources, and leadership opportunities for people of color (POC). By working towards racial equity within our organization, funding programs, and services, we are working against systems of racism, engaging in partnership with people of color, and truly fulfilling our mission to support ALL artists in 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
As President of the Traver Gallery in Seattle, Sarah’s work spans all facets of the gallery from strategy to sales to design and installation. She is beloved by artists, clients, and community for her sincere interest and generous spirit. She serves on the Artist Trust Board as President and as a Board Member of the Pratt Fine Arts Center.
With degrees in art and education from both coasts of the United States, Sarah focuses on facilitating space for learning, the sharing of ideas, and insight. When she is not working, she can most likely be found playing in the wilds of Washington or trying out a new restaurant in Seattle or abroad.
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.
Vice 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.
Secretary | 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.
Treasurer | Redmond
Board Member | Port Angeles
A retired physician and professor of medicine, Chris has a life-long passion for artmaking. She is known for her brooches and steel wire and paper necklaces that are found in numerous private collections throughout the US. In 2015, Chris was commissioned by the Bellevue Arts Museum to make a brooch. This replica of the museum façade was presented as a gift to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during the exhibition of Dr. Albright’s collection of brooches, Read My Pin.
Chris has served 13 years on the Board of Pratt Fine Arts Center, holding leadership positions as Treasurer and President. She also served as President of the Women in Nephrology, President of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, and Board Member of the American Society of Nephrology.
Board Member | Seattle
Nancy is a Seattle-based culture shifter and the executive director of Reel Grrls. She is experienced in strategic planning for authentic community development.
Unable to find a supportive space for girls in the skater community until she moved to Seattle in her early 20s, Nancy established the nonprofit Skate Like a Girl. She is passionate about creating strong, authentic, and inclusive communities through her work and currently serves on the Boards of Skate Like a Girl, and Water1st, and Artist Trust.
During her free time, Nancy enjoys the company of her dog, Lady, traveling, and learning about new things. She has declared her life’s mantra as being feral and free.
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
Katie is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Whitworth University. Her work is strangely resonant of idiosyncratic objects and installations that reframe “reality” and “fantasy” by entangling these themes in found and created objects. She utilizes glassmaking along with a variety of sculpting processes to create her work.
Katie has an MFA from Illinois State University, and a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In the past, she has received scholarships to study at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pilchuck Glass School, and The Studio at the Corning Museum.
Board Member | Seattle
Allison Eltrich is a singer/songwriter, arts community activist, and small business owner in the Puget Sound area.
Co-founder of Practice Space Seattle, Allison has spent ten years working for philanthropic organizations including Philanthropy Northwest and the Seattle Foundation. She strongly believes the people that make up Seattle’s unique, celebrated, and diverse music community can thrive with the right tools, opportunities, and ability to share resources broadly. Her largest driving goal is to introduce Seattle arts supporters to the needs of the musicians that will continue this city’s legacy of incredible music.
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
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.
Board Member | 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
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
James Miles is originally from Chicago and moved to Seattle from Brooklyn, NY where he worked as an artist and educator for the past 20 years. Before joining Arts Corps as Executive Director, he was the Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership, in New York City. James also facilitated workshops and designed curriculum for the New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, and others. Previously a professor at NYU, James taught a myriad of classes, ranging from acting and directing to EdTech and Special Education.
A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented at SXSW EDU, NYU’s IMPACT Festival, New York Creative Tech Week, EdTechXEurope, Google Educator Bootcamp, and provided professional development to teachers across the world. His work has been featured by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, National Guild, Seattle Times, KOMO, NPR, CBS, US Department of Education, and ASCD. James is a former accountant, model, and actor. He can be frequently found on social media, as @fresh_professor, writing about the arts, education, and academic inequity.
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 | Spokane
Ben Stuckart works as the City Council President of the City of Spokane.
Ben was born and raised in Spokane, working his way through college at Gonzaga University as a construction worker, dishwasher, and janitor, and in the ticketing industry after graduation. Before going into politics, Ben started the nonprofit Communities in Schools of Spokane County, where he helped provide supplementary programs and resources to school children in need.
Ben has served on many advisory boards, including the board for City Public Works Committee, Spokane Library and Spokane Library Foundation, NW Museum of Arts and Culture, and the founding board for Spokane Arts Fund. Ben is dedicated to being a passionate, energetic, and effective advocate for Eastern Washington.
Board Member | Ferndale
Robert Tull is a retired attorney with Langabeer and Tull, PS currently serving as a legal consultant to the Lummi Nation.
Robert is a top rated environmental attorney in Bellingham, Washington and has extensive experience working with nonprofit boards in Whatcom County and Bellingham, including serving as former President of Artist Trust. He studied English Literature at the University of Washington before receiving his Juris Doctor from the Gonzaga University School of Law.
Board Member | Yakima
Emily Washines, MPA and scholar is an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member with Cree and Skokomish lineage. Her blog, Native Friends, focuses on history and culture. Building understanding and support for Native Americans is evident in her films, writing, speaking, and exhibits. Her research topics include the Yakama War, women’s rights, traditional knowledge, resource management, fishing rights, and food sovereignty. Emily speaks Ichiskiin (Yakama language) and other Native languages. Yakima Herald-Republic lists her as Top 39 under 39. She received a Single Impact Event Award for her November 2018 symposium presentation from the Association of King County Historical Organizations. She lives on the Yakama reservation with her husband and three children.
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 is a slow-reader, movie snob, and deep sleeper. She is also a performance artist, sculptor, and arts organizer currently based in Seattle, WA. She moved to Seattle from Los Angeles in 2014, where she earned a BA in Art History and a BA in Three-Dimensional Forum from the University of Washington. With a passion for arts administration, she has worked in multiple arts-based organizations and non-profits, including the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Center on Contemporary Art, and Elsewhere Museum. Interested in showing vulnerability as strength and exploring her perpetual discomfort through my work, she has performed in spaces such as Studio Current and shown work with Out of Sight. Nadia continues to produce work in her garage turned studio space and plan on curating DIY art shows in her basement. Nadia can also out-karaoke anyone with Kelly Clarkson’s Since You Been Gone.
Lydia Boss is an interdisciplinary artist with a diverse professional background rooted in teaching, curating, creative programming, and nonprofit administration. She has a long history as a teaching artist, often working with underserved communities and at-risk youth. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Lydia graduated with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and soon after relocated to Seattle to work in the glass community. Her passion for art and design has led her to work with acclaimed artists and study at craft institutions around the world. She has exhibited her work internationally and currently has a studio in the International District.
Annual Fund & Events Manager
Justine found Artist Trust through Seattle University, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Arts Leadership. Initially brought on board as the Development Intern, Justine is now the Development Coordinator at Artist Trust.
Originally from California, she relocated to Seattle in 2015 in pursuit of a place with all four seasons and a vibrant arts community. When not supporting all things Development, Justine can be found binge-watching TV shows, playing board games, or wrangling her two fluffs Otis and Winston.
Hailing from the wild world of Florida, Zach pursued a career in arts and education after receiving his BA in english literature. The socio-cultural juxtaposition of Florida lead him to Seattle in 2012. It was then he discovered and was drawn to Artist Trust’s educational programs and mission. Zach handles day-of logistics for professional development and grantmaking programs while also overseeing program outreach and listings of resources, opportunities, and events on our website.
Off the AT clock, Zach covers music for KEXP and The Stranger, hangs out in DIY communities, and treats himself to pizza on Fridays. “Life’s short, have impact” is one of his mantras.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Shannon Roach Halberstadt is the CEO at Artist Trust, leading the organization’s efforts to help Washington State’s artists of all disciplines thrive.
A California native, Shannon was lured to Washington State by its art, music, and culture, and has been working in arts leadership in the PNW for over two decades. Shannon was drawn to work with Artist Trust because she’s a firm believer in the power individual artists have to inspire positive personal and community transformation. She’s thrilled to bring to Artist Trust a depth of administrative experience in many disciplines and locations, including roles as the Executive Director at Spokane Arts, PNW Executive Director at The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), Managing Director at Seattle’s The Vera Project, as well as experience at The Old Fire House (Redmond, WA), The Henry Gallery (Seattle, WA), and On the Boards Theater (Seattle, WA).
Among her many volunteer and advisory roles, Shannon has been a member of Seattle’s Music Commission, Leadership Tomorrow’s (King County) Curriculum Committee, a Mayoral appointee to the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, and a Board member of Reel Grrls. She currently serves on the Boards of Terrain, Spokane and the Washington State Arts Alliance.
Born and raised in Seattle, Luther has spent the past several years in the Midwest where he received his BA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago and MFA in poetry at Washington State University in St. Louis. While away, he has focused primarily on reconstructing editorial practices for magazines and journals, creating substantial platforms and opportunities for marginalized voices, and communicating with various artists, organizations, and schools about ways to build community outside of academia and institutions. What brought Luther back to Seattle, and ultimately Artist Trust, was the drive to support artist and create opportunities for artists in his home state.
He has written for many journals, magazines, and newspapers including, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Magazine, Poetry, New England Review, Washington Square Quarterly, and others, and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Shade Journal, a poetry journal for queer writers of color, Executive Editor at The Offing Magazine, Editor At-Large at Frontier Poetry, and Assistant Editor at YesYes Books.He loves gaming, anime, red wine, and crows.
If you have any general questions about Artist Trust or about how to get involved, please do not hesitate to email him.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Brian came to Seattle in 2003 with the dream of being a famous writer. While his dream hasn’t quite come true yet, he’s at work on a memoir and has published in Salon, Gawker, The Stranger, and elsewhere.
Outside of his work as an artist, Brian is an advocate and instigator for artists. For a decade, he created programs and resources at Hugo House, Seattle’s literary center, before joining Artist Trust in 2015. In addition to writing and working for artists, Brian enjoys reading, running, the Yankees, and spending time with his family.
Contact Brian if you’re interested in teaching a workshop, if your organization would like to partner with Artist Trust, if you want to serve on a grant panel, or if you have questions about applying for grants.
Grace recently graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane and just moved back to her hometown, Seattle. She was drawn to Artist Trust because of its mission and dedication to racial equity. When she’s not working as a Program Intern, you can catch her working at Caffe Ladro, leading tours at the Seattle Asian Art Museum or bouldering wherever she can. She has big dreams of going to grad school, furthering her work advocating for artists and one day owning eight dogs.
After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, Elizabeth moved from her hometown of Flint, MI to Seattle and has now been enjoying the PNW for 3 years. Before landing at Artist Trust, she worked in the Education Department at Seattle Opera and then moved onto Community for Youth, a small mentoring organization serving South Seattle students.
Through those experiences, Elizabeth found her passion for communications and marketing, specifically for non-profits. Elizabeth feels that finding and telling compelling stories that illustrate the impact of an organization and the individuals they serve is fulfilling, creatively challenging, and fun. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys reading, trying new restaurants with her fiancé Doug, and baking.
Job Opportunities (as of 10/1/2019)
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! Currently, no positions are open at this time. In the meantime, check out ways to Get Involved below and check back in the future for more opportunities.