Earlier this month members of the Artist Trust staff & board journeyed to the state capital in Olympia, WA to participate in Arts & Heritage Day 2019. This annual event gave us an opportunity to meet with legislators to advocate for the arts and heritage community, discuss statewide initiatives, and speak on the importance of arts and culture throughout the state of Washington.
Artist Trust is thrilled to announce three new opportunities for Washington State artists! The SOLA Awards, the Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists and the Yayasan Bali Purnati Residency.
The Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement & SOLA Awards application is open!
On Feb. 4 the Artist Trust Fellowship Awards application opened with TWO NEW OPPORTUNITIES for artists! The Yayasan Bali Purnati Residency, a month-long residency on the island of Bali including airfare, food and lodging, and a private studio space, and the Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists, an unrestricted award of $10,000 to a Native artist of any discipline residing in Washington State.
Just one more week left to join artist and donor Sandi Bransford in supporting Artist Trust’s fall campaign!
Just a few weeks left to give to our fall campaign in support of Washington State artists like Eliaichi Kimaro!
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.
Our fall campaign is happening now! Read on to find out how support from Artist Trust, powered by you, has impacted grant recipient Jonathan Adamshaspert.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving and a great reason to support our fall campaign!
We’re proud to partner with local business owners like Faizel Khan to support Washington State artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hear from CEO Shannon Halberstadt and artist Paul Rucker about the impact your fall gift can have on Washington State Artists.
By supporting our fall campaign, you join donors like Lele Barnett who believe in a sustainable future for Washington State artists.
Former Artist Trust Board Member and long-time Benefit Art Auction supporter Karen Lorene is the founder and owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery.On Thursday, November 15, Karen will be presented with the 2018 Creative Catalyst Award for her dedication and commitment to supporting individual artists and long-time involvement with Artist Trust.
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.”
Our fall campaign launches today! Read on to find out how support from Artist Trust has impacted writer Laura Lucas.
On Wednesday, October 10, Christine Malek will be sharing insights from her experiences in Pricing Your Artwork, a webinar covering the basics of selling artwork. I recently caught up with her to learn more about her experiences coaching artists at Gallery Boom and selling her own work.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
In response to the positive feedback from artists who’ve received of our preliminary and post-panel feedback services, Artist Trust will roll out new, online toolkits to help in the professional development of artists’ creative practice(s) over the next year.
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.
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.
On June 18, we announced the recipients of the 2018 Fellowship Awards, 16 unrestricted awards of $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability residing in Washington State.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Artist Trust offers statewide support programs for artists applying for the 2018 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Award. These programs include a preliminary application review, office hours, resources, webinar, and workshops. The GAP application opens on May 21 but you can get a head start by reviewing the 2018 GAP Guidelines.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle-based writer, artist, and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience showing her work.
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.
Since 2001, the Twining Humber Award has provided over $150,000 in unrestricted funds for self-identified female visual artists in Washington State.
Since 1987, the Artist Trust Fellowships have provided over $2.2 million in unrestricted funds for Washington State artists of all disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
Valerie Moseley, CPA is the founder and principal of Moseley & Associates LLC, a tax and business consulting firm serving individuals and small businesses in the Seattle area.
Alison Marks: One Gray Hair is on view at the Frye Art Museum until February 4. Alison has graciously donated OwlEmoji, a piece from her series of digital paintings, to the 2018 Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction happening at the Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center on February 24. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit artisttrustauction.com
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.
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.
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.
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).
As a grant recipient, teacher, and artist, 2015 Fellowship Recipient Nicole Pietrantoni has a unique perspective on Artist Trust in Walla Walla.
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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