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Work Sample Dos & Don’ts / Seattle

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Gage Georgetown at Equinox Studios
6520 5th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108

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Sliding scale, $5-$25

Event Information

In this workshop, Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan discusses what makes a strong work sample and what doesn’t. The session covers practical advice on selecting and presenting work samples for grant and residency applications and other opportunities. You’ll learn how the selection process works, insider information on what juries and panelists are looking for in work samples, and tips on how to format and tailor your work for success.

An overview of how selection processes work
General tips on work samples
How to format your work
Writing quality work sample descriptions
Insider info on what happens in the panel room

*This workshop is open to artists of all disciplines and ideal for artists applying for grants, residencies, and other opportunities and artists who want to better understand how funding processes work.

Brian McGuigan

Brian McGuigan is the Program Director at Artist Trust overseeing the funding and artist support programs for artists of all disciplines across Washington State. Before coming to Artist Trust, Brian worked at Hugo House for a decade where he co-founded and curated the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose. Hes also moonlighted as the director of Lit Crawl Seattle, an ambassador at On the Boards, and an event organizer for a slew of arts organizations in Seattle. For his work in the arts, The Stranger shortlisted Brian for their Genius Award in Literature in 2010, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers. When hes not working for artists, Brian’s a writer himself. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and he has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Hes currently at work on a memoir.

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.