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Q&A with Laura Castellanos | 2012 GAP, Visual

Artist Trust

Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Currently, I am in the process of what Cubans call “una limpieza” (a cleansing) of my studio in order to make room for some new conjuring.
Q: What did you do with the award?
A: With the GAP I received, I was able to transport and support my first solo museum exhibition titled Assorted Idols at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center.
Q: How has your practice developed/changed since you received the award in 2012?
A: Since receiving the award, my work has shifted from two dimensional image making towards three dimensional “stuffed sculptures”, created from re-purposed textile materials.
Q: What was the impact of this award and Artist Trust on your career and artistic life?
A: Receiving a GAP grant is wonderful validation in the eyes of Seattle’s visual arts community. For this, I will always be grateful to Artist Trust.

Cuban-American visual artist Laura Castellanos was born in Manhattan in the early 60’s, grew up in New York and moved to Miami in 1979. Her work is part of several public collections including the Tacoma Art Museum and the City of Seattle. She is a Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient, a Neddy nominee, a GAP recipient as well the creator of the 1993 annual Bumbershoot poster. Laura’s solo exhibitions include Native Tongue at CoCA, Borrowed Tribe at Gallery 4 Culture, Tender Buttons at ArtXchange Gallery and Assorted Idols at Moses Lake Museum. In 2007, her “Urban Visionary Art” was featured on the Emmy award-winning Art Zone, hosted by Nancy Guppy and later at the Civic Square Fence” public art project. Her work has also been featured in several publications including the Dutch magazine Textiel Plus and Seattle’s City Arts. Recently, Laura’s work has been selected for Shunpike’s “Storefront Program”, where her Cake + Ashes series will be displayed at Amazon’s Day One building.