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Grants + Awards + Residencies

Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Artist Trust grants range from project funds and major merit awards to residencies across the United States. Recipients are selected by peer panels consisting of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest. See more opportunities.

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  1. Grants for Artist Projects Details
  2. Fellowship Details
  3. Twining Humber Award Details
  4. LaSalle Storyteller Award Details
  5. Conductive Garboil Grant Details
  6. James W. Ray Venture Project Awards Details
  7. James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Details
  8. Arts Innovator Awards Details

Grants for Artist Projects

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion, or presentation of new work in any discipline. View our reference guide for examples of successful past applications.

Type of Award:
Project-based
Number of Awards:
61
Amount Awarded:
$1,500
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:

May 21, 2018

Application Deadline:
June 25, 2018
Submission Address:
Apply online at artisttrust.submittable.com/submit. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application. Download mandatory budget here.
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
This is the first grant I've applied for that I eventually received. Being awarded this funding helps me feel seen.

Jéhan Òsanyìn, 2017 Grants for Artist Projects

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
18 years of age or older by the application deadline; Washington State residents at the time of application and payment (payment may be made up to one year after the application date); practicing artists: those who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis.
Who is NOT Eligible:
GAP or Fellowship recipients in the last five years; recipients of three AT GAPs total in a lifetime; previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT GAP panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - October 2018.
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Fellowship

Fellowship Awards are 10+ merit-based awards providing $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability. The award is given to artists working in all artistic disciplines. View our reference guide for examples of successful past applications.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
10
Amount Awarded:
$7,500 Fellowships
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
February 4, 2019
Application Deadline:
March 4, 2019
Submission Address:
Apply online at artisttrust.submittable.com/submit. (application live on February 4, 2019)
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
I am thankful to Artist Trust for this award, which validates and recognizes my artistic work, my difficult yet rewarding journey, and my many years devoted to creatively contributing to the field of performing arts.

Monica Rojas-Stewart, 2017 Fellowship Recipient

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
18 years of age or older; Washington State residents at the time of application and payment; Generative artists: those who are the originators of works of art.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of AT Fellowships from 2011–2018; Recipients of two prior AT Fellowships (artists may receive up to two Fellowships in a lifetime); Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; Graduate or undergraduate, matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 4, 2019; Current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT Fellowship panelists, or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
The Fellowship selection panel consists of five people from a diversity of artistic, professional, and personal backgrounds. Panelists are selected from a variety of disciplines, ages, genders, geographies (within and outside Washington State), ethnicities, and stages in their careers. Panelists’ names are released at the end of the confidential review process when award recipients are announced.
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Twining Humber Award

Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement recognizes a female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. This award is made possible by a generous gift to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund from the late Yvonne Twining Humber.

View the 2018 Twining Humber Award Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$10,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
February 11, 2019
Application Deadline:
March 11, 2019
Submission Address:
Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
Even after developing a lifetime of habits, ways of working, thinking and doing, we are still susceptible and open to change in unpredictable directions. So this is a moment of great transition in my work life and the award is a great lift and boost in many incalculable ways that will affect me for quite a while.

Norie Sato, 2013 Twining Humber Award

Eligible Disciplines:
Visual Art
Who is Eligible:
A Washington State resident at the time of application and payment; A female-identified visual artist; 60 years of age or older by March 11, 2019; A practicing artist who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. These years need not be consecutive.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; Previous recipients of the Yvonne Twining Humber Award; Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of March 11, 2019; Current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current Twining Humber Award panelists, or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement – May 2019.
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LaSalle Storyteller Award

The LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. The 2018 Award will recognize an outstanding literary artist working in fiction.

2018 LaSalle Storyteller Award Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$10,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
August 6, 2018
Application Deadline:
September 10, 2018
Submission Address:
Application will open online at https://artisttrust.submittable.com/submit
Application available online August 6, 2018. Guidelines posted July 2, 2018
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
I am grateful to Artist Trust and Gar LaSalle for this grant, which comes at a critical juncture and buys me time to write. Their generosity removed a heavy weight from me that I did not notice until it was gone.

E. Lily Yu, 2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award

Eligible Disciplines:
An individual literary artist working in fiction.
Who is Eligible:
An individual literary artist working in fiction; A Washington State resident at the time of application through payment in December 2018; 18 years of age or older by September 10, 2018.
Who is NOT Eligible:
A graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of September 10, 2018; A previous recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist, Arts Innovator, or Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award; a recipient of more than one AT grant in a calendar year; Current Artist Trust staff, Board members, Committee members, consultants, Storyteller Award panelists, or their immediate family. Current employees or family members of Gar LaSalle.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within Washington State select recipient. All applicants will be notified December 2018.
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Conductive Garboil Grant

Conductive (adjective): having the property or capability of conducting
Garboil (noun, archaic): tumult; disturbance; disorder

Artist awardees will have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of conductive creative discourse and its effects on our society, pushing the creative act beyond the accepted limits, definitions, or purposes of art while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.
2018 marks the 10-year culmination of Seattle artist Su Job's extraordinary legacy. In its final year, the requirement that the selected artists have a connection to Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood has been eliminated to recognize the need to support worthy artists beyond the neighborhood. All nominated artists must be residents of King County to be eligible for the award.

This grant is administered by The Estate of Su Job, 4Culture,and Artist Trust. More information can be found at garboil.org.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
3
Amount Awarded:
$3,000, unrestricted
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
July 3, 2018
Application Deadline:
July 25, 2018
Submission Address:
For Nominees Only
So often we talk about what an award does for us, but I think Su was more interested in pointing a finger to the work that we as artists do for others. The Conductive Garboil Grant is a reminder that my sphere of influence goes beyond my art-making and into all of my relations. My only wish is that there could be more awards like this every year so that message could continue to get out there.

Christian French, 2013 Conductive Garboil Grant

Eligible Disciplines:
All artistic disciplines are eligible. Artist-led teams or collaborative partnerships are eligible. All artists must live in King County. "Artist" includes all disciplines and media for example: performers, writers, musicians, and even mimes. This grant is not limited to visual artists.
Who is Eligible:
Artists must be nominated for this award. Only authorized nominators may submit artist names. Artists may not request to be nominated.
Panel Information:
Each year a new group of panelists is chosen based on the grant's specific criteria. Panelists include artists, Pioneer Square community members, and last year's CGG awardee. Recipients announced October 2018.
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James W. Ray Venture Project Awards

The James W. Ray Venture Project Awards are two awards of $15,000 each given to Washington State artists of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. The awards are intended to support artistic excellence and the development of new ideas through individual and collaborative projects. Funding is generously provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation, and administered by Artist Trust as a component of the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium. Artistic strength, feasibility, and potential impact of the proposed project, as well as professional capacity and the likelihood that the artists will benefit from support will be the key factors in the selection of recipients.

2018 JWR Venture Project Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Project-based
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
$15,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
For Nominees Only
Application Deadline:
September 17, 2018
Submission Address:
For Nominees Only
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
I am particularly excited by the collaborative possibilities with Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum in our shared commitment to amplifying transformative, socially-engaged images and stories. It is my hope that in this intense time of cultural change, we will learn from the contributions of the marginalized and prefigure new futures.

Storme Webber, 2016 James W. Ray Venture Projects Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists must be nominated for this award. Only authorized nominators may submit artist names. Artists may not request to be nominated.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; projects may only be funded once; teams may only be funded once; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT James W. Ray Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Recipients announced December 2018.
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James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

The James W. Ray "Distinguished Artist Award" is an award of $50,000 given annually to a Washington State artist of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. The award is intended to help advance the creative work of outstanding individual artists. The recipient will be showcased in a Frye Art Museum exhibition and receive individualized support through Artist Trust's Creative Career Center. Funding is generously provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation, and administered by Artist Trust as a component of the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium.

2018 JWR Distinguished Artist Reference Guide

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$50,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
For Nominees Only
Application Deadline:
September 17, 2018
Submission Address:
For Nominees Only
Guidelines PDF File:
Download PDF guidelines
In many ways I am made speechless by this acknowledgement. When one works at one’s craft for years and often feels as if no one or just a few, notices or even cares, this award is like the sun coming out after a dark and turbulent storm. This award encourages, revitalizes and invigorates me. I am beyond thrilled. I am reminded that after a drought there is rain and this is definitely rain!

Donald Byrd, 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists must be nominated for this award. Only authorized nominators may submit artist names. Artists cannot request to be nominated.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; previous James W. Ray Distinguished Artist recipients; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT James W. Ray Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - December 2018.
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Arts Innovator Awards

The Arts Innovator Award, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Examples would be artists who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields.

View 2019 AIA Guidelines Here.

View 2019 AIA Reference Guide Here.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
$25,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
October 1, 2018
Application Deadline:
November 12, 2018
Submission Address:
Apply online at https://artisttrust.submittable.com/submit. Application will open online on October 1, 2018. Guidelines posted August 27, 2018.
As an artist, you can never worry too much about appreciation or validation, but I’ve learned to accept it when and if it does appear. To know that folks believe in my work and want to see me succeed is a phenomenal gift. I will continue to sweat and push and grind in order to pay that belief back. Thank you.

Quenton Baker, 2018 Arts Innovator Award

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Artists 18 years of age or older by application deadline; minimum of five years in professional art practice; a Washington State resident at the time of application and payment (payment may be made up to one year after the application date); Generative artists: those who are the originators of a work of art.
Who is NOT Eligible:
Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards; recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year; graduate or undergraduate matriculated students after the deadline date; current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current AT Arts Innovator Award panelists or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients. Announcement - February 2019.
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