Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen (Tacoma) is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes /German /English) and a mixed-media installation artist who specializes in interactive and immersive artworks that invite audience engagement.

Born in 1984 and raised in Wenatchee, RYAN! received a BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She remained in Seattle for approximately ten years while working as an artist, studio assistant, and arts administrator, before relocating to Tacoma, where she is now based with her husband and two cats; Brock, Gonzo, and Gamma Ray.

She is inspired to create interactive and temporary artworks as a way to honor an indigenous perspective on the relationship between artist and community. Her approach emphasizes humor, play, and creative engagement to create opportunities for personal introspection and discovery.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Artist Trust is such a great organization to work with and I appreciate their support of artists in our community! It is a pleasure working with your group who genuinely cares about the needs of local artists and inspiring to see you training and financially supporting us, as well as providing exposure for our work. This award will help support my production, travel, and living expense needs for several of my shows in Washington, Oregon, and California this year. In turn, I hope my shows will make a positive, educational impact in the communities they are showing in! Thanks so much for this award!

Ryan Feddersen