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Artist Trust Announces 2017 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Award Recipients

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Erika Enomoto (she/her)

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October 23, 2017 – Artist Trust is proud to announce 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 State.

This year, a total of $92,000 will be directly invested in Washington artists. Fifty-nine of the 61 artists received project-based grants in the amount of $1,500 each. Literary artist Sarah Mangold of Edmonds was presented with a month-long residency at Centrum, an artist retreat in Port Townsend, and a $500 stipend. Katie Miller, a Seattle-based visual artist who creates immersive installations, was awarded a $2,000 SADA-GAP awarded in partnership with the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA). Visual artist Alison Hyde of Tacoma received a GAP sponsored by NBBJ.

In a second-year partnership with the Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the 2017 GAP panelists recommended media artists Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala, and Masahiro Sugano, and performing artist Byron C. Anderson for participation in the 2018 program of Nights at the Neptune, a series of free summer performances presented by STG at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre.

Of the 61 GAP recipients, 35 are emerging artists, 23 are mid-career artists, and three are artists with established careers. In addition to the increase in emerging artists receiving awards, 58 artists were first-time recipients of GAP.

Megumi Shauna Arai of King County shared that her GAP will cover all expenses of attending an artist residency at Cow House Studios in Wexford, Ireland, where she will begin work on her tapestry project Unnamed Lake. The completed work will be exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum for the Asian Pacific American Experience in 2018.

Spokane artist Jonathan Adamshaspert will create a body of work titled Sandbox Silence: Memories of Sand, a series of prints “to provide an alternative perspective of war through the lens of the unseen moments between the firefights.” He intends for his work to provide an introspective understanding and to encourage dialogue between veterans and their communities, while also providing the public with a historical record.

In 2016, Artist Trust released a three-year strategic plan emphasizing racial equity and statewide engagement throughout the organization, especially its funding programs. Artists of color made up 25% of the awardees in 2017, and 22 awards went to artists outside of King County, including more than $10,000 invested in artists from rural communities. Twelve artist panelists from across Washington State selected the 61 awardees. 8 of the 12 identified as people of color, and five live outside of King County.

“Receiving this grant will help me to complete a difficult chapter in my memoir. I believe that when we express our emotions in an art form, from writing to dance to painting, we channel ugliness into something useful. This grant not only gives me a personal boost, but it lifts my spirits that organizations like Artist Trust are supporting art in a time where hate is everywhere,” says Cali Bagby, literary artist from San Juan Islands, on receiving a 2017 GAP award. “We have to fight and writing this book is my small part of a larger movement towards compassion, nuance, and honesty. We have to learn to understand and communicate with those who are different from us.”

GAP is made possible through gifts from our supportive donors, members, and corporate partners. Artist Trust thanks the Amazon Literary Partnership for their support of this year’s literary GAP awards, along with NBBJ and Seattle Art Dealers Associationfor their support through Artist Trust’s Corporate Partnership Program. For a full list of donors at the GAP level and above, please see our blog post here.

“Artists’ livelihood are increasingly under threat, making it even more important for Artist Trust to sustain our support of thousands of emerging to established artists all across the state,” says Shannon Halberstadt, Artist Trust CEO. “Despite the difficulties posed by the current political climate, we’re pleased to see a growth in the number of emerging artists applying for and receiving GAP awards. Artists are working harder than ever, and we intend to continue strengthening and increasing our statewide impact, which cannot happen without our generous community of donors. Together, we are doing important work.”

The community is invited to celebrate this year’s grant recipients on Wednesday, November 15 at Traver Gallery from 5-8 PM. The event will honor long-time Artist Trust supporters Stephanie Ellis-Smith and Douglas Smith, and feature Donald Byrd, 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award recipient, and 2017 Fellowship recipient Monica Rojas-Stewart. Admission is based on donations of $15 to $250, and $10 for Artist Trust members. All donations will be matched $1 for $1 to $25,000 by our generous partner Lakeside Advisors, Inc. RSVP on Eventbrite here.

The full list of 2017 GAP recipients is below, along with a list of this year’s panelists. All GAP recipient’s biographies and images of their work can be viewed on the Artist Trust website.

2017 GAP Recipients
Literary Arts
afrose fatima ahmed, King County
Clayton Aldern, King County
Cali Bagby, San Juan County
Gabrielle Bates, King County
Katrina Carrasco, King County
Suzanne Edison, King County
Eroyn Franklin, King County
Sally Green, San Juan County
Apple Plotnick Jannotta, Snohomish County
Laura Lucas, King County
Sarah Mangold, Snohomish County***
Judith Skillman, King County
Ana Maria Spagna, Chelan County
Lydia Swartz, King County
Joanna Thomas, Kittitas County
Julieta Vitullo, Kitsap County

Media Arts
Chai Adera, King County
Amy L. Erickson, King County
Annette Frahm, King County
Leslee Goodman, Okanogan County
Abigail Hagan, King County
Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala, King County**
Rosalie Miller, King County
Dylan Nelson, Spokane County
Melinda Raebyne, Pierce County
Kay D. Ray, King County
Lynne Siefert, King County
Masahiro Sugano, Pierce County**
Michael Wilde, King County
Zachary Zimmerman, King County

Performing Arts
Byron C. Anderson, Snohomish County**
Travis M. Barker, Pierce County
Katy Bourne, King County
Lacy Katherine Campbell, King County
Brian Chin, King County
Sarah Fetterman, King County
Hilary Field, King County
Sarah Hogland, King County
Amy Lambert, King County
Jéhan Òsanyìn, King County
Tatiana Pavela, King County
Itsa Shash, Thurston County
Karin Stevens, King County

Visual Arts
Jonathan Adamshaspert, Spokane County
Francie Allen, Whatcom County
Megumi Shauna Arai, King County
Sofia Babaeva, King County
Louise Croff Blake, King County
Shawn Brigman, Spokane County
Jasmine Brown, Pierce County
Rome Esmaili, King County
Season Evans, King County
Alison Hyde, Pierce County
May Kytonen, Spokane County
Michelle Lassaline, King County
Steven Markussen, King County
Katie Miller, King County*
Janis Miltenberger, San Juan County
Margot Myers, Whatcom County
Kate Roberts, King County
Kathryn L. Thibault, King County

*SADA-GAP Recipient
** Nights at the Neptune
***Centrum Residency

2017 GAP Selection Panelists
Literary Arts
Quenton Baker, poet, King County
Bharti Kirchner, fiction writer, King County
Ellen Welcker, poet, Spokane County

Media Arts
Eliaichi Kimaro, artist/activist/filmmaker, King County
Marilyn Freeman, filmmaker, Thurston County
Che Sehyun, artist, King County

Performing Arts
Josh Aaseng, director/literary manager, Book-It Repertory Theatre, King County
Esther de Monteflores, circus performer, Whatcom County
Geisa Dutra, classical pianist, King County

Visual Arts
Julia Gautier-Downes, artist, Spokane County
Tatiana Garmendia, artist, Snohomish County
Roger Fernandes, storyteller,artist& curator, King County

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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