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Gary Hill on Supporting Artists

Gary Hill

Artist Trust Grant Recipient

Gary Hill, Up Against Down (detail), installation view with viewer intervention, 2008.

In the deepest sense, there is little that is more necessary than artists’ all-out, individual expression—the contribution artists make to enrich our communities and culture. No doubt, you understand the importance of supporting art at its source. By making a gift today, you make possible the opportunity for thousands of Washington State artists to create new works and to sustain an art-making livelihood.

The path of my art-making has always been influenced by life’s “big” events as well as the mundane: from living in a basement flooded with water; traveling to Japan for the first time and awakening to an earthquake on that same day; becoming a father; and being in love. Early in my career, I supported my art by doing the odd job here and there, including a brief stint in farming, washing dishes, and selling hand-made jewelry on the street.

I was lucky enough to receive one of Artist Trust’s very first Fellowships in 1988. The support came at an opportune time in our lives: my daughter, Anastasia, was about one year old, and I was completing a lengthy video work, Incidence of Catastrophe, which ultimately received first prize at the World Wide Video Festival. The financial support of the Fellowship was vital, as was the recognition of being acknowledged by my peers.

Because of grants and recognition I received from Artist Trust, I was able to continue my work and gain further recognition over time, including the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award. Artist Trust was a significant catalyst enabling me to thrive as an artist, and there is no doubt it will continue to do the same for others.

Artist Trust needs your gift to deliver essential programs that allow individual artists to succeed; please consider sending in a gift today. Take pride in the fact that you are directly responsible for the vibrant artistic scene flourishing around our state.

On behalf of myself and the thousands of artists that are supported by Artist Trust, thank you for your generosity.

Gary Hill

P.S. Please take a moment right now to make your gift today; your contribution makes a difference! Artist Trust counts on you to support art at its source. Your gift creates our thriving arts culture in Washington State.