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$1.1 Million Grant to Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium Supports Washington State Artists

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust Executive Director Margit Rankin and Frye Art Museum Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker announced today that The Raynier Institute & Foundation has awarded the new Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium a $1.1 million grant to support exceptional artists living and working in Washington State.

On behalf of the Consortium, Dr. Rankin and Ms. Birnie Danzker said: “This five-year initiative will provide an unprecedented level of recognition and support for Washington State artists. Not only will it make exceptional creative production possible, it will deepen relationships between artists and the communities in which they live.”

Among the initiatives of the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium will be:

The James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which will recognize artists in all disciplines whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. One grant in the amount of $50,000 will be awarded annually from 2014 to 2018 with the intention of freeing artists to advance their creative work.

Recipients will also benefit from flexible, individualized programs of advisory support and access to artist advisors, consultants, business and financial planning, and other training opportunities offered through Artist Trust’s Creative Career Center.

The James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which will support projects by artists in all disciplines whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. Two grants in the amount of $15,000 will be awarded annually from 2014 to 2018.

The Raynier Foundation Exhibitions, which will showcase Washington State artists within a local and global context. Curated by the Frye Art Museum the exhibitions will take place at the Museum from 2014 to 2018 and will be documented in three Raynier Foundation Publications.

”Both Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum have demonstrated a commitment to Washington State artists and an ability to support them in innovative, community-enriching ways,” said Ed Gardner, a trustee of The Raynier Institute & Foundation. “We are making this grant to honor the legacy of James Widener Ray, who was a passionate supporter of the arts. The Raynier Institute & Foundation is proud to support the work of this new consortium to ensure that Washington State’s cultural community can thrive.”

Information regarding program guidelines and criteria for awards will be available on the websites of Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum in Fall 2013, with the announcement of initial awards anticipated in early 2014.

The Frye Art Museum supports and presents the work of contemporary artists from Seattle and around the globe as well as historical exhibitions celebrating the enduring values of its Founding Collection. Admission to the Frye is always free. For more information, visit

The Raynier Institute & Foundation supports many non-profit organizations working in various ways for the betterment of all. Grants are made to organizations serving the areas of healthcare and human services, arts and culture, education, environment, and animal welfare. For more information, visit

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at