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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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Webinar: 2018 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, the Arts Innovator Award, 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.

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Our Work Depends on Your Support

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund and Events Manager

Since the inception of our Office Hours program in 2016, we’ve had over 300 one-on-one, artist-led conversations all over Washington.

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Smart Philanthropy

Robert E. Frey

Founder, Lakeside Advisors, Inc.

Learn more about gifting appreciated stock from match donor Robert E. Frey

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Brian McGuigan

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Like Jay-Z said, “I’m not a businessman – I’m a business, man.” On Thursday, September 28, Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan will lead Work Samples Dos & Don’ts, a workshop on what makes a strong work sample and what doesn’t. 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.

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2015 GAP Recipient Shin Yu Pai’s Animating Archives

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Shin Yu Pai is a poet and visual artist whose work has been featured in The Rumpus, Tricycle, YES! Magazine and City Arts. She is the author of eight collections of poetry and currently serves as the City of Redmond’s Poet Laureate.

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Artist Mentorship Night: Introducing Paul, Marya, Sharlese & George

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Join Artist Trust and KEXP on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM for Artist Mentorship Night. This FREE informal mentorship and networking event gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world.

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Behind the Curtain: What’s in a James W. Ray Award

Megan Gallagher

Content Contributor

Since 2014, the James W. Ray awards have allowed Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum to recognize and support exceptional Washington state artists through funding, career assistance, and opportunities to exhibit their work. Funding for the awards comes from a five-year $1.1 million grant from the Raynier Institute and Foundation.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Gregory Pierce

Aaron Jin

Communications Intern

Yakima artist Gregory Pierce’s practice has taken him across the US and overseas, all the way to Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Ecuador. We asked him to share a little bit about what his experience abroad and at home in the Yakima/Tri Cities area.

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Meet Your Workshop Instructor: Leilani Lewis

Aaron Jin

Communications Intern

We’re excited to start a new blog series to help you get to know our fantastic guest workshop leaders! There’s no better person to kick this off with than our first guest presenter: Leilani Lewis.

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Artist Trust at Seattle Art Fair 2017

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Are you curious about what we do at Artist Trust? Don’t miss your chance to talk one-on-one with an Artist Trust advocate at this year’s Seattle Art Fair!

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Take the 2017 Annual Artist Survey!

Shannon Halberstadt

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Washington State Artist,  I’m writing to invite you to take Artist Trust’s Annual Artist Survey. Year after year, Artist Trust works hard to provide funding, support, and connections for the talented artists in Washington State.

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A Look Behind the Curtain of Art Business Night School

Katie Creyts

Board Member

I am an artist and an art professor and never had a course or workshop focused on professional practice. My interest in the Artist Trust’s professional development program started as a participant in the EDGE Artist Professional Practice Program, a week-long seminar held in Port Townsend.

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#Generocity2017

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

THANK YOU to all who visited our #Generocity2017 booth last night at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs.

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On Thursday, May 25, a panel discussion titled “In Support of Artists: The Evolution of Seattle Exhibition Spaces” took place at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district. The event was hosted by Greg Kucera of Greg Kucera Gallery and co-hosted by Sharon Arnold of Bridge Productions and Gail Gibson of G.Gibson Gallery.

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