This morning, Artist Trust announced that Seattle writer E. Lily Yu is the recipient of this year’s Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. This is a fairly new award in Washington State’s arts scene, but it’s a mighty one — it pays $10,000 to its winner, with no strings attached.
Our region’s art community is a busy bunch. There’s never a shortage of events (for artists and everyone else) or calls for proposals and other opportunities to get involved in the local scene. Take a look at what’s been happening artistically of late:
Four Spokane artists have won 2017 Grants for Artist Projects awards from Artist Trust, the statewide nonprofit that supports artists throughout Washington. Three of the local $1,500 GAP award winners are visual artists – May Kytonen, Jonathan Adamshaspert, and Shawn Brigman – and one, Dylan Nelson, won in the media arts category.
Not One, But Two Seattle Artists Received the Conductive Garboil Grant Award This Year: The Conductive Garboil Grant, administered by 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the estate of late artist Su Job, is one of the most unusual grants with one of the most unusual names in the city. It’s $3,000 for an artist with a “connection to Pioneer Square” who pushes the boundaries of art while “engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.” And this year, an unusual thing has happened—two artists were selected: artist/activist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez and interdisciplinary artist Romson Regarde Bustillo.
The phrase “If at first you don’t succeed …” must be ringing in the ears of several winners of the third round of Spokane Arts Grants Awards announced last week. More than half of this round’s winners had applied previously, but did not succeed with their first try.
If Bulmash’s name or face look familiar, it might be because being an artist is a second act of sorts. Bulmash has a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and worked as a reporter. She moved to the Seattle area from California for a job at television station Q13 as they were just starting to produce news. Later she moved onto Northwest Cable News. She left the business, and while planning her wedding, Bulmash took an art stamping class. Going on a couple mixed-media arts retreats solidified her love for the medium. In 2014 she completed Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists. She used the life-changing experience as a springboard to treat her practice like an office job and became a full-time artist.
On Saturday, February 25th, Artist Trust hosted its annual Benefit Art Auction at Fisher Pavilion, bringing over 350 members of the community together to celebrate and support Washington State artists of all disciplines.
Stranger Genius in performance, Valerie Curtis-Newton, and successful sculptor who installs a lot of really whimsical public art, Sheila Klein, scooped up $25,000 of that no-strings-attached Chihuly money by winning the 2017 Artist Innovator award, which means they can keep enriching the great state of Washington with the goodness and wonder of their artistic endeavors.
“At the time, the funding atmosphere for individual artists was pretty dismal,” said executive director Shannon Halberstadt. “But there were people who came together and started looking at how they could pull together some funding and structures to help artists and support art at its source.”
Capitol Hill novelist and journalist Peter Mountford says he’s happy to win the Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award for only the second year it’s existed, having had some substantial experience with its selection process in the past.
You’d think with all his writerly success, and with all his jobs, the no-strings-attached $10,000 he received for winning Artist Trust’s 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award would be little golden maraschino cherry atop his moneybags sundae. Not so, according to Mountford.
The Artist Trust celebrated 30 years in Washington on Saturday, using the milestone to invite artists and patrons to enjoy an evening of art, performances and conversation at the V2 in Capitol Hill.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Cotton Building this evening hosts Artist Trust on Tour — an exhibit featuring four artists from the Olympic Peninsula and Bellingham.
If you win the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award form ArtistTrust you get $10,000. No strings attached. You can take that money and pay 1/10th of your student loans! Or pay your rent for some of the year! Or you can buy a mound of cocaine and use the extra energy to write another book!
The year’s not quite yet half over, but it’s already been an auspicious one for Elissa Washuta. The University of Washington graduate and author of two books, “Starvation Mode” and “My Body is a Book of Rules,” is one of two recipients of the Artist Trust 2016 Arts Innovator Awards, which come with $25,000 in unrestricted funds. Washuta, who has been described as “an extraordinarily original and gifted writer,” is also the first writer-in-residence at Seattle’s iconic Fremont Bridge. The three-month appointment, which coincides with the bridge’s 100th birthday in 2017, provides $10,000 for Washuta to “undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge.”
Artist Trust recently announced artist Barbara Earl Thomas as the recipient of the 2016 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award. Thomas receives an unrestricted cash award of $10,000 in recognition of her creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the arts.
Chandler Woodfin and Todd Jannausch moved from Seattle to Tacoma to create a community around art. Now, after seven months of Feast Arts Center, they’ve overcome broken elbows and a shoestring budget to grow a devoted following around art classes, workshops, exhibits and Sunday morning coffee.
The room was dead silent and dark except for a single spotlight illuminating an entertainer on stage. Bellingham art lovers ears perked. Over the next two hours, four award-winning Washington artists took the stage to share their work in performances incorporating a slack wire, spoken word, paintings and poetry. The Firehouse Performing Arts Center hosted the Artist Trust performers, including a circus performer, muralist, poet and a spoken word artist, Thursday, April 28. “I feel like I’ve been to church and got saved,” Jennifer Bullis, Bellingham local and fellow artist said. “It was a scrubbing of the soul and filling up with amazing creativity and presentation.”
Four award-winning artists — Bellingham poet Roberto Ascalon; Bellingham circus artist Esther de Monteflores; Tacoma poet Allen Braden and Tacoma visual artist Christopher Paul Jordan — perform in their various disciplines at Firehouse Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., hosted by Artist Trust, with emcee Brian McGuigan, who coordinates the organization’s grant-making, career development programs and resources.
Artist Trust’s decision to hire a Spokane representative came early this year as group leaders discussed renewing their dedication to their mission with a hands-on, more assessable approach. “I’m here to better represent Artist Trust in practice and philosophy,” said Mitchell, a Spokane native who was hired early this year. “I’ll be coordinating events and workshops tailored to the needs of Spokane. I’m here to help.”
On Saturday February 27, Artist Trust held their Annual Benefit Art Auction while celebrating thirty years of supporting artists. Artist Trust is one of the few organizations that supports artists with grants, resources and training statewide rather than specifically targeting Seattle. The artists with pieces in the auction represented an impressive 43 cities in fifteen counties throughout Washington. The Artist Trust Benefit Auction acts as one of their most important events every year, supplying around 40% of their annual income–supporting the auction essentially supports the artists.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Artist Trust is taking its “Artist Trust on Tour” program to five different cities around the state and will choose an artist from each city to present their art to the community. Halberstadt believes these presentations also will provide opportunities for artists to connect with one another.
They quit their jobs. Woodfin sold her car. They slowly liquidated their possessions, living slim to save cash. Still, realizing an arts center proved financially daunting. Then in June, Jannausch was awarded a small windfall in the Artist Trust Fellowship, a $7,500 prize issued to practicing professional artists—just enough cash to acquire a space.
“Individual artists are so freaking important,” Halberstadt said. “They’re bringing something that’s important to our culture: they’re our storytellers, they’re the people reflecting back to us the beauty that exists in humanity.”
“It’s very diverse and exciting, because there are lots of different disciplines and genres reflecting the culture. We wish to see cross-pollination. We also help them share space and resources so they begin to share ideas, leading to exciting results.” Filmmakers have the advantage and opportunity to connect with other artists – from all fields – to collaborate and breathe life into exciting new projects and concepts.
Artist Anna Skibska received a Fellowship from Artist Trust in 2001 and wanted to give something back: she wanted to help this organization continue its important work of supporting artists in Washington State.
Woodfin and Jannausch recently founded – with the help of a $25,000 Indiegogo crowd fund – an art school and gallery they’re calling Feast Arts Center, located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma.
The fair felt alive all weekend, sometimes crowded but mostly just pleasingly populated. Total attendance was more than 15,000, said Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause, the organizers, who own Brooklyn-based fair company Art Market, which also presents fairs in Miami and other places. Ticket sales from the first two hours of the fair brought in $85,000 for Artist Trust, the local artist funding nonprofit, more than double the promised donation of $30,000.
Artist Trust helps all kinds of Seattle artists in every discipline with financial support and increased visibility. But speaking selfishly, SRoB is thrilled that such a dedicated book guy is taking over the programming. McGuigan knows every writer in town, and he’s a passionate advocate for talent, both as a programmer and as a reader. What’s more, he’s a spectacular programmer; anyone who’s attended the packed-to-the-gills Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer and Prose readings series at the Hugo House knows McGuigan’s a great events curator, and he brought energy, spontaneity, and passion back to the Hugo House’s stage after a few rough years of misdirection. He knows how to throw a party, is what we’re trying to say, and we can’t wait to see what he does with this new role.
Artist Trust helps all kinds of Seattle artists in every discipline with financial support and increased visibility. But speaking selfishly, SRoB is thrilled that such a dedicated book guy is taking over the programming. McGuigan knows every writer in town, and he’s a passionate advocate for talent, both as a programmer and as a reader.
The first two hours of the Seattle Art Fair opening night Preview raised over $85,000 for Artist Trust. Dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working across all disciplines by providing professional development through training programs like Edge and I Am An Artist, Artist Trust funds upwards of 85 artist grants, totaling over $300,000 each year.
According to Art Market Productions, some 4,000 came Thursday night for the opening, and by 8 p.m. a line had snaked around the block. As of midday Friday, 17,000 advance tickets had been sold for the weekend. (Most went for $20 apiece; VIP packages, benefiting the nonprofit artist-support organization Artist Trust, sold for $150.)
Are Seattle artists happy about Seattle Art Fair, or resentful it’s not really about them? That’s what radio arts reporter Marcie Sillman asked me today on KUOW 94.9 FM, when we talked about how annoying it is when people are amazed that there’s good art in Seattle. Duh.Sillman’s questions brought to mind one of the big installations by a Seattle artist that’s been commissioned by the fair. It’s called Backdrop, and it’s by Julie Alpert. (The other is by Jenny Heishman.) I don’t think Alpert intended to imply directly that Seattle artists are more backdrop than front-and-center at this weekend’s fair, but the implication is right there in the title, and I like that.
Concurrent with the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, Artist Trust, Art of The City, Hilliard’s Beer and Galvanize are sponsoring an exhibition of the 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship recipients. Artist Trust Fellowship recipients are selected for their artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and potential for further professional development. The exhibition is a satellite venue of the Art of the City Street Fest at the TK Lofts, and an affiliate of Satellite Seattle.
Art Market, the Brooklyn-based company administering this weekend’s inaugural Seattle Art Fair, promised to give the proceeds of its VIP Patron reception to Seattle nonprofit Artist Trust—even if nobody showed up. Artist Trust is getting $30,000 this weekend, guaranteed.
“I think it really speaks volumes of their commitment to this area,” Artist Trust director Shannon Roach-Halberstadt told me yesterday. “It’s so fantastic. The money will go directly to individual artists in all disciplines across the state.”
(Tickets did sell, luckily.)
Artist Trust is seen as the clearinghouse for funding local artists rather than organizations; both public and private money is still more likely to be funneled through museums, theaters, and other agencies.
“Seattle-based Artist Trust is the beneficiary partner of the Seattle Art Fair. Artist Trust is dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working across all disciplines by providing professional development through training programs like EDGE and I Am An Artist and by funding upwards of 85 artist grants totaling over $300,000 each year. This partnership enlivens the Seattle Art Fair’s vision to support innovative creative thinkers and makers within the region,” the group says in its news release.
Are you good at writing but not good at raising money? Maybe in desperate need of money? Then get your shit together over the weekend and apply for an Artist Trust Grant. Tell them you’re working on a novel. Tell them you’re working on a book of essays. Tell them you want to wheatpaste poems all over new construction. If they like it they’ll give you $1,500. But whatever you do, tell them before the deadline: Monday, May 18.
Artist Trust announced the 61 recipients of its 2017 Grants for Artist Projects GAP) award. First presented in 1988, GAP is one of Artist Trust’s flagship awards and supports projects by emerging to established artists of all disciplines across Washington.
Artist Dan Webb will spend July carving a Douglas fir, creating a sculpture gallery that changes nearly every day for the “Summer at SAM” series.
The beneficiary partner of the Seattle Art Fair will be the city-based Artist Trust that is dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working across all disciplines by providing professional development and funding upwards of 85 artist grants totalling over $300,000 each year.
BRD was established in 2005 by a group of about six local dancers that wanted a semi-professional to professional dance experience without having to uproot our lives and move to a larger metropolitan area.
The New Criterion is pleased to announce that Michael Spence’s Umbilical has been selected as the winner of the 2015 New Criterion Poetry Prize.
I don’t want to do too much throat-cleary description of Clyde Petersen, the Seattle artist who won one of two $25,000 Arts Innovator Awards this year from Artist Trust. Right over here you can read what I think about Clyde, but let’s just get to letting him talk.
What gives, Seattle art power brokers? You dropped the ball on Rodrigo Valenzuela. The Chilean-born artist whose photography and video plays on the borders of documentary and fiction got a little attention during the four years he lived here, but nothing significant from the heavy hitters at local museums and among philanthropists, grantmakers, dealers, and collectors. He was even shunned by the approachable local funder Artist Trust—until winning its second biggest award, for $25,000, the Arts Innovator Award in Visual Arts of 2014, just recently announced. The award is funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.
In the heart of Seattle’s offbeat, trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood, Artist Trust lies in wait to help artists of all disciplines plan their careers and find outlets for their work…
“I’m really prolific on the writing side. Creativity is not my problem. On the business side, I totally suck. This program gave me ideas on how to become more organized…”
Through researching ethnographic material and carvings from museum collections, Boxley learned the traditional carving methods of his grandfather’s people. He became an artist full-time in 1986 and is now a nationally recognized artist.
I had the opportunity to talk to Hurwitz about the organization’s impactful mission, and how it plays a major role in supporting thousands of artists throughout Washington State—many of which live on the Hill.
KC Madsen, a southwest Washington artist, came to Cathlamet to give a presentation about Artist Trust, a foundation that supports artists in Washington state.
“The EDGE Program was transformative! I felt confident in the work that I have been producing, but successfully making a living from my art seemed like a radical idea. Now, I feel that I have the tools and knowledge to formulate goals and create a plan to turn them into reality.”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Artist Trust has invested over $9 million in artists since its founding. Artist Trust staff talk about reaching more artists in more ways in the new year:
She received the full $1,500 grant from Artist Trust, and she said she plans to purchase a new, larger electric kiln for firing her clay sculptures.
Local artists and donors to the arts community gathered at EMP as Artist Trust celebrated not only all of the artists who received awards from them in 2012, but 25 years of providing those awards and access to training and professional development resources for artists.
Artist Trust, the well known arts support organization, has announced its 2012 GAP grants; several members of the Cornish community are on the list.
The goal of the funding is a repeated and consistent investment to support and encourage individual artists’ projects in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington.
The rooftop mural was a year in the making. Artist Trust granted Peterson $1,500 to paint the 3-D mural last fall, but it took three months to find a building owner willing to let him cover a wall with spiders.
“I heard that if you want to take your art career to the next level, [the EDGE Professional Development Program] is the one focused activity that will make the biggest difference.”
“It’s a confirmation,” Sheffield said of the awards. “It’s hard in our culture to come up with the energy to make art. Most of the messages in our culture say you need to spend time being productive, earning money… This says that making art is important. It says, ‘well done, keep at it.’ ”
Award recipients Pat Graney and Eyvind Kang were honored as the two arts innovators for the year, receiving the largest monetary award available to generative artists in the state.
We talked about his continuing explorations into music around the world and of his recent Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, a $25,000 gift to two generative artists each year.
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