Artist Trust:

Artist Trust Events

Community and Networking Events

Artist Trust, Seattle / Finding Support for Your Art in the Corporate World

Start time
End time

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Venue info
Click here for tickets/RSVP!
Total seats:
Event Fee

Free, RSVP required.

Event Information

Reception from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Many corporations are working with artists to forge connections between the arts and business by bringing art into their workplaces, infusing art-based practices within their decision-making, and partnering with artists on research, design, and product development.

This panel brings together Greg Bell, Senior Curator for Vulcan Inc., Asta Roseway, Principal Research Designer at Microsoft Research, and Christiane Pein, Founder & Principal of Lair Design, to share information about opportunities for artists in their businesses and discuss how artists can connect with them. Facebook artist-in-residence Joey Veltkamp offers insight into working with a corporation from an artist’s perspective.

A Q&A follows the conversation. Moderated by arts leader & curator Leilani Lewis.

Presented by Artist Trust in partnership with Vulcan Inc. and the Frye Art Museum

Greg Bell is the Senior Curator for Vulcan Inc. and lends over 25 years of experience creating, curating and teaching in the Puget Sound. He received his MFA from Washington State University, and prior to joining Vulcan served as Curator for the King County Public Art Collection for 4Culture and Director of Gallery4Culture, a regional incubator gallery, as well as 16 years as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Bell has taught at Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University and served as the Director of Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound. Since 2009, Bell has played a critical role in enhancing Seattle’s public art experience, including the strategic placement of public art created by local artists in Vulcan Real Estate’s 60 acres of development in South Lake Union, enriching the experience in one of Seattle’s liveliest neighborhoods.

Tim Detweiler is the Expressions Program Manager for Amazon in Seattle. The Expressions Program is a collaborative effort to promote and showcase creativity, community and diversity of thought at Amazon. Tim is a passionate advocate for local visual artists. He was recently Director of MadArt and was the Director of the Museum of Northwest Art, and the James & Janie Washington Foundation. He taught “Exhibit Design and Planning” in the University of Washington’s Museum Studies Certificate Program for 10 years and has worked in museums and arts organizations for the past 20 years.

Leilani Lewis is a Seattle-born creative arts administrator and communications professional who is passionate about social justice, art, and culture. She has demonstrated experience with forging critical partnerships across organizations and building collaborative projects to support artists and fellow administrators. As a Seattle University alumna and graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, Ms. Lewis’s work is driven by her strongly held values of compassionate, servant leadership, creating connections across difference, and lifting as we climb. She lives her values through her team building efforts centered on inclusive practices in her current role as Assistant Director of Diversity Communications. She also spends much of her time as an active volunteer, board member, and mentor within the arts community. Leilani Lewis’s work in art and in life is to clear away obstacles that stand in the pathways of equity, cultural production, and excellence.

Born in East Germany, Christiane Pein hails from a family of scientists and artists. In 1984, her family escaped East Germany and settled near Cologne. Upon her arrival in the West, she set upon educational opportunities in the Unites States. Her studies began at Dartmouth College where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts. Her path then led to MIT where she earned her Master of Architecture in 1996. During the course of these studies she traveled extensively on design and research projects in Peru, Morocco, India, Pakistan, and major sites in Europe. She has worked for internationally renowned architecture and design firms in Greece, Germany, and the United States. Since 1997 she has made her home in Seattle practicing both architecture and interior design.

Asta Roseway is a Principal Research Designer in HCI (Human Computer Interaction) at Microsoft Research, but she refers to herself as a “Fusionist”, or someone who works to bridge between disciplines and fields through the power of Design. Her focus lies primarily towards building the next wave of emerging solutions towards the Environment, Emotional Health, Social Consciousness, and Sustainability. Her research often begins with the same question “What if?” which often leads to unconventional outcomes such as smart tattoos, talking plants, and wearable light therapy accessories for seasonal affective disorder. She is also a strong advocate for a diverse and inclusive culture and helped to establish Microsoft’s first ever Artist in Residence program that enables Artists to work together with Computer Scientists. Some of these collaborations have been showcased at venues such as CES, Ars Electronica, SXSW, and Biofabricate in NY. She also co-founded Digigirlz, one of Microsoft’s longest running diversity programs that aims to educate and inspire high school girls about the Tech Industry. She is a Parsons School of Design alumni.

Joey Veltkamp makes soft paintings which aim to comfort their intended audience. His work has been shown at Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Greg Kucera Gallery, SOIL, and other galleries throughout the Northwest. After twenty years in Seattle, he now lives in Bremerton, Washington with his husband where they host an experimental art space called cogean?

Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel here.

Interested disciplines

All Disciplines, Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Craft, Dance, Design, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Film/Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Art, Theater, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs.