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Artist Profile Series: Mary Welcome

Meghan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Mary Welcome (2017 Fellowship recipient) has a multidisciplinary artistic background from working as a freelancer throughout college and graduate school. After earning an MFA in painting, she decided to pursue an artistic practice away from the world of galleries and commercial representation. “At least for myself and my proclivities, it’s a lot about self-care,” said Mary. “I don’t want to be in the city. I am very tired of the narrative that artists only live in the city…”

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Fall Campaign Artist Spotlight: Paul Rucker

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

By supporting our fall campaign, you ensure artists like Paul Rucker have the resources they need to thrive. We caught up with Paul recently to talk about the impact of unrestricted funding on his career and work.

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Fall Campaign Artist Spotlight: Leslee Goodman

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

By supporting our fall campaign, you ensure artists like Leslee Goodman have the resources they need to thrive statewide. We caught up with Leslee recently to talk about Artist Trust’s work in Twisp impacted her new film, Twisp: The Power of Community.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Staci Smith

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Staci Smith is a Seattle-based publicist with nearly two decades of experience supporting arts and nonprofit organizations. She began her career in New York, and first discovered her passion for arts marketing through performing arts. “I used to sing and perform, but at some point it was just easier for me to get my head around helping other people rather than being a performer myself,” she explains.

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Kudos Freya Wormus & Katy Hannigan

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

This week we said farewell to Finance Manager Freya Wormus and Program Manager Katy Hannigan. Read on to learn more about their favorite Artist Trust memories, what’s next, and more.

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Board Member Profile Series: Mariella Luz

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Mariella Luz is a working artist and studio potter living in Olympia, Washington. She serves as a board member of several arts organizations including Artist Trust. “I think it is really important to be an advocate for art and artists,” she explained. “That said, it is a challenge to make time to do volunteer work when you also have to make money. There are times when I have to miss things because I need to stay in the studio to make a deadline, but I guess that it’s all about the balance.”

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Artist Profile Series: afrose fatima ahmed

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Seattle-based poet, travel writer, and embodied writing coach afrose fatima ahmed started journaling and writing poetry when she was eight years old. “I had a chaotic family environment and writing and reading are truly the things that saved me. I would write still, even if no one was ever going to read it. It’s a necessary part of my daily practice, what keeps me sane and grounded,” she shared.

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Apply for the 2019 Arts Innovator Award

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

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.

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Artist Profile Series: Kate Lebo

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Kate Lebo graduated from Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program in 2009. One of the most important lessons she learned in the program was that, “In all the ways we were studying how to make ends meet – how to sell our work, how to get a fellowship, how to get an agent, all of those really practical things – what it came down to was that you can’t make money on poetry.”

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Artist Profile Series: George Rodriguez

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

George Rodriguez (2011 GAP & 2015 Fellowship) first became interested in working with ceramics while attending college in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. He initially wanted to study graphic design but says he fell in love with clay’s potential during a required introductory ceramics class. “I thought ceramics was mostly like pottery,” says George. “That class showed me that I could make sculptural work too, so it really just opened up my world.”

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Board Member Profile Series: Gar LaSalle

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Honored widely in the medical and creative arts communities for his ingenuity and leadership, Artist Trust Board Member Gar LaSalle can be deemed a true renaissance man. A retired ER doctor, he is an adjunct professor of emergency medicine, instructing a course called “The Business and Survival of Medicine” at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the University of Washington.

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Take the 2018 Annual Artist Survey!

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Since 2015, Artist Trust has invited artists to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas through our Annual Artist Survey. In just three years, we’ve gained a deeper understanding of who Washington State’s artists are, what their needs are, and how we can better support their careers. This knowledge helps us build responsive programming and create new opportunities to support, connect, and advocate for artists.

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Artist Profile Series: May Kytonen

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

May Kytonen is a Seattle-based artist who uses fibers and recycled materials to explore Asian American identity and connection. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at galleries and arts spaces throughout Eastern Washington and Idaho, including Saranac Art Projects, Confluence Gallery (Twisp), and Emerge Gallery (Idaho), as well as 2017’s ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium in Seattle.

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Artist Profile Series: David Jaewon Oh

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

David Jaewon Oh is a Seattle-based photographer whose work has appeared in VSCO, Float Photo Magazine, Runner’s World, Good Sport Magazine, and publications for the University of Washington’s Alumni Association. His first solo exhibition, Combatants, opened at Gallery4Culture in early 2017 and featured selected works from David’s series of the same title, which documents female boxers and the gyms where they train.

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Behind the Curtain: Grants for Artist Projects (GAP)

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Since 1988, Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) has provided project-based funding for Washington State artists of all disciplines including Tatiana Pavela (2017 performing), Marilyn Montufar (2016 visual), Esther de Monteflores (2014 performing), Shaun Scott (2015 literary), Shin Yu Pai (2015 literary), Clyde Petersen (2013 media), Sheila Klein (2013 visual), Jenny Hyde (2010 visual), and Humaira Abid (2015 visual).

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Michelle Bates

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Michelle Bates is a Washington-based photographer who has shown her work at galleries across the US and internationally. She has taught photography at Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace, and International Center of Photography in New York, and as part of Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program.

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Artist Profile Series: Alice Gosti

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Alice Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer and hybrid performance artist who has presented her work at local venues including On the Boards, Seattle Art Museum, Intiman Theater, as well as internationally. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, as well as the creator of several site-specific durational works including Invisible Womxn and Bodies of Water.

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Artist Profile Series: Peter Donahue

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Peter Donahue of Methow Valley is a writer and English teacher at Wenatchee Valley College-Omak in Okanogan County. In 2015, he participated in Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program. “Before the program, I didn’t have a publisher, an agent, or any network to speak of - and now I have all three,” he shared. Earlier this month, Peter released Three Sides Water, which was the book project that he brought to the EDGE program.

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A Letter from Jane Wong

Jane Wong

2017 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Recipient

Artists like Jane need your support to keep our communities vibrant and hopeful. Click here to support our GiveBIG campaign today!

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Jenny Hyde

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Jenny Hyde is a Spokane-based multidisciplinary artist and teacher whose works have appeared in exhibitions throughout the Spokane area, in New York, and internationally. On Sunday, May 20, Jenny and photographer Laree Weaver will be leading “Photographing Your Artwork,” a hands-on workshop that walks artists through the process of creating high-quality images of their work.

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Artist Profile Series: Tariqa Waters

Olivia Ragazzi

Content Contributor

2016 Conductive Garboil Grant recipient Tariqa Waters is a gallerist, curator, and artist committed to “keeping the weirdos in the city” through her gallery and art space, Martyr Sauce.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Staci Smith

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Staci Smith is a Seattle-based publicist who’s built her career promoting arts and culture organizations. She began her public relations career almost twenty years ago in New York, where she worked with agencies supporting arts and culture organizations. In 2017, she and Art for Progress founder Frank Jackson created Kindred Impact, an arts and nonprofit consultancy.

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Artist Profile Series: Sarah Fetterman

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Sarah Fetterman is a Seattle-based welder, woodworker, and visual artist specializing in performative sculpture. Her work has been performed at Hybrid Arc Space and Center on Contemporary Art, and in 2017 she received a GAP award to help fund the production of Past Selves and the Past Selves Tapestry.

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Artist Profile Series: Jenny Hyde

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Jenny Hyde (Spokane) is a visual artist working in sound, video, digital print, and multimedia installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Saranac Art Projects, Gallery One, Object Space, and more, as well as at the New York Electronic Arts Festival and XTC Itinerant Experimental Performance Project.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Brian McGuigan

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Brian McGuigan has worked as Artist Trust’s Programs Director since 2015. He will be leading “Art Business Night School: Applying for Grants, Residencies, and Other Opportunities,” From April 25 - May 20.

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Artist Profile Series: Melinda Raebyne

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

2017 GAP recipient Melinda Raebyne is a Tacoma-based filmmaker who recently received an award for her short film Asylum. Inspired by true events. Asylum was awarded Best Narrative Short Film at Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival held in Lafayette, Louisiana. I reached out to Melinda to congratulate her on her award and to learn more about her film and upcoming projects.

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Artist Profile Series: Julie Alpert

Carolyn Spencer

Content Contributor

A frequent museumgoer inspired by fiction, thrillers, and high school memories of performing in plays, Julie Alpert creates artwork that resurrects the emotion and grandeur of the stage.

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Watch the 2018 Fund the Artists Video

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Artists do more than reflect our culture. They are change makers, innovators, and storytellers. An investment in the individual artist is an investment in the health and well-being of our communities - because artists have the power to provide beauty, enrich lives, and create change.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Robin Held

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

In her over 20 years supporting Seattle’s art community, Robin Held has served as a curator for the Henry Art Gallery, Deputy Director for the Frye Art Museum, and Executive Director of Reel Grrls, and currently works as the principal of Held Consulting.

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Artist Profile Series: Mary Coss

Megan Gallagher

Communications Intern

Mary Coss is a Seattle-based artist specializing in sculpture and multimedia installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at alternative venues and community art spaces such as BONFIRE Gallery, Artprize Michigan, and Franklin Furnace NYC, and she is a co-founder of METHOD Gallery in Seattle.

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Artist Profile Series: Marilyn Montufar

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Marilyn Montufar is an artist, art activist, and youth educator based in Seattle. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, she is interested in bridging connections between artists of the neighboring countries through visual arts and education.

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Artist Profile Series: Paul Rucker

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Visual artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Rucker of Seattle had just started working as an arts program manager when he received a Fellowship award from Artist Trust in 2007. The funding from the award was used to create PROLIFERATION.

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Artist Profile Series: Abigail Hagan

Pooja Galgali

Content Contributor

2017 GAP recipient Abigail Hagan of Seattle is a videographer, editor, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. Her work focuses on social justice, travel, dance, food accessibility, homelessness, immigration, and poverty.

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Artist Profile Series: Julie Gautier-Downes

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Spokane-based artist Julie Gautier-Downes received a 2016 Grants for Artist Project (GAP) award for Dislocated Memories, an installation project that explored her fractured relationship with her childhood home. Born in San Diego, Julie moved to New York City in 2001, an experience which prompted her bi-coastal identity and interest in perceptions of home.

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Artist Profile Series: Barbara Noah

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

2004 GAP & 2011 Twining Humber Award recipient Barbara Noah of Seattle is a mixed-media artist experienced in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, public art, installations, and digital imaging. We recently caught up with Barbara and she was happy to share more about an upcoming project and how Artist Trust helped shape her path as an artist.

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Artist Profile Series: Esther de Monteflores

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Esther de Monteflores is a Bellingham-based circus artist whose work has been performed at Lookout Arts Center, Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, and more. She specializes in slack-wire walking, and is also trained in aerial arts, juggling, and stilts.

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Artist Profile Series: Sheila Klein

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Sheila Klein is a sculptor and public artist whose work incorporates sculpture, installation, architecture, and traditional women’s crafts. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and public collections around the world, and she has created thirteen pieces of public art since 1996, including Auburn City Hall’s Civic Lantern (2010) and Tukwila Sounder Station’s Imaginary Landscape (2014).

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Why give? Take it from a donor.

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

We’re so proud of the artists and programs we support across Washington State, and with national arts funding under threat, artists need that support more now than ever.

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A Letter from Valerie Curtis-Newton

Valerie Curtis-Newton

Artists like Valerie need your support more than ever before. Donate to Artist Trust by November 30 and your donation will be matched. Donate online at artisttrust.org. Artist Trust can also accept gifts of stock or securities, or be named a beneficiary in your will.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Humaira Abid

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Originally from Pakistan, Humaira Abid is a Seattle-based artist specializing in sculpture and miniature painting. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as in exhibitions at ArtXchange, Tacoma Art Museum, and Kirkland Art Center.

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Artist Profile Series: Blake Chamberlain

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Blake Chamberlain is a Seattle-based painter originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He is the creator of several portrait series celebrating activists and social visionaries from throughout history, as well as augmented portraits that challenge expectations placed on the human form.

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Thank You 2017 GAP Donors!

Cristina Friday

Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager

GAP is made possible by generous funders who support Artist Trust with gifts at $1,500 per year and above.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Robin Held

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Robin Held has been a leading force in Seattle’s arts communities for over twenty years. She has served as curator, collection strategist, and head of department for the Frye Art Museum and the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery, and has initiated and curated more than 100 exhibitions and performances in the Seattle area.

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