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Artist Trust Announces Eight Finalists for 2013 Arts Innovator Award

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is excited to announce the eight finalists to be moved into the final judging process for the 2013 Arts Innovator Award. At $25,000 each, Arts Innovator Awards support Washington State generative artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their field.

This year the open application process received 113 applications from artists across the state. Four panels consisting of artists and arts professionals selected the finalists from four discipline categories of Literary, Media, Performing and Visual Arts.

The two Arts Innovator Award recipients will be announced mid-October 2013. 

The eight finalists:

John Grade creates large-scale sculptures that are displayed both in museums and outdoors in nature, often moving from one location to another where they change and weather over time.

Gary Hill is one of the most accomplished artists of his generation, and is regarded as a major contributor to new media art from the 1970s into the present.

Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, and sound artist.

Haruko Nishimura has produced a consistent stream of original and adventurous works combining physical theater and butoh dance with live experimental music.

Doug Nufer is the author of six novels and nine books of poetry, including Never Again, a novel where no word occurs more than once.

Peter Scherrer is a Bellingham-based painter who creates lush paintings of the Pacific Northwest.

David Shields is the author of 14 books, including his most recent, How Literature Saved My Life (Knopf). Among his many awards, Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award.

Juniper Shuey is visual artist, known for his video installations and sculptural performances.

The Arts Innovator Award is made possible through a gift from The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, created in August 2009 to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations.

Join us for our 2013 Awards Party at the Experience Music Project on November 8 from 6:30–8:30pm! We’ll honor the 2013 recipients of our Arts Innovator Award, Twining Humber Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, Fellowships, Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) and Conductive Garboil Grant, as well as the 2013 Creative Catalysts.

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