Grants

Since 1986, Artist Trust has awarded more than $10 million in funding to artists in Washington State. Our grantmaking programs recognize artists of all disciplines across Washington State ranging from small grants to develop artist projects to large grants that give artists the time and space to focus on their work

When COVID-19 hit, we heard from artists who were suffering immediate income loss. To best serve these artists in crisis,  we quickly pivoted our work to COVID-19 relief, pressing pause on “business as usual,” including our merit-based grant programsMore than $620k in COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Funds has reached nearly 400 artists statewide in a few short months.

To make this rapid relief happen, we put our merit-based grant programs on hold. But rest assured,  we will continue to offer merit-based grants in 2020.

The Arts Innovator Awards will be announced August 17, 2020. Next, Yvonne Twining Humber and SOLA Award panels will be held this summer, with award announcements in October 2020. Fellowship Awards panels will occur this winter, with recipients announced in 2021. Applicants will receive direct emails with more details about each of these awards programs.

This page was updated on July 31, 2020.

All Grants

Arts Innovator Award

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $25,000

Number of Awards: 2

Application Open:

The Arts Innovator Award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. These unrestricted awards of $25,000 are given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries of their fields.

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Fellowship Awards

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Application Open: TBD

Artist Trust Fellowship Awards are merit-based awards of $10,000 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability residing in Washington State. These unrestricted awards are open to artists of all disciplines and are given annually to up to 8+ artists of in recognition of artistic excellence and dedication to their practice.

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Twining Humber Award

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 1

Application Open: TBD

The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given annually to a Washington State female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The award is made possible by a generous gift from the painter Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), who established the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Fund for Artistic Excellence to support the grant through Artist Trust in recognition of female-identified artists who oftentimes must interrupt or postpone art-making in order to answer the demands of family life. The award recognizes artistic excellence, professional accomplishment, and longstanding dedication to the visual arts.

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SOLA Awards

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $3,000

Number of Awards: 3

Application Open: TBD

The SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards are three unrestricted awards of $3,000 given annually to Washington State female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The awards were created by artist Ginny Ruffner.

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Recent Grants Recipients

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2019 Fellowship Awards
Joe Fedderson
Okanogan County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2019 Fellowship Awards
Johnaye Kendrick
Pierce County
Performing
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2015 Fellowship Awards
Jan Hopkins
Snohomish County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2019 Fellowship Awards
Lena Tuffaha
King County
Literary
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award
Anastacia-Renee
King County
Literary
Amount Awarded: $50,000
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2019 SOLA Awards
MalPina Chan
Thurston County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $3,000

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