Artist Trust invests $91,000 in 61 artist projects across Washington State
Announcing the winners of the 2016 Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) awards
is proud to announce $91,000 in awards to 61 Washington State artists working in literary, media, performing, and visual arts. The organization’s annual
Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) supports individual artists in the development, presentation, and completion of their work.
“So many artists, myself included, put their hearts, their time, and their money into their work with no expectation of a return on this investment,”
said 2016 GAP recipient Satpreet Kahlon. “The money from GAP will help me fund larger, more ambitious work that is close to my heart without financial stress.”
Beginning in 1988, GAP is one of Artist Trust’s flagship grantmaking programs. Of the sixty-one artists funded, 59 receive $1,500 awards, one receives a
$2,000 Seattle Art Dealers Association award (SADA), and one is selected for a month-long residency at
Centrum, the artist retreat in Port Townsend, and receives a $500 stipend. Additionally, three of the 61 are selected for performances as part of Nights at
the Neptune, part of a brand-new partnership between Artist Trust and Seattle Theatre Group. Spokane-based poetBrooke Matson received the Centrum residency, Romson Bustillo received the SADA, and King
County performing artists Amontaine Aurore,Jade Solomon Curtis and filmmaker Sarah Samudre were selected for Nights at the
Neptune. Four discipline-specific, peer-review panels comprised of artists and arts administrators from around the state selected the awardees based on
criteria such as artistic excellence, impact, and feasibility.
In 2016, there were 397 applicants. Of the 61 recipients, 58 were first-time awardees. Artists of color received 49% of the awards, the largest percentage
in GAP’s 28-year history. This increase reflects Artist Trust’s commitment to racial equity in its new three-yearstrategic plan, which included a racial equity framework guiding the organization’s direction. The number of recipients from
Spokane, where Artist Trust launched a satellite program in the last year, more than doubled - from 2 applicants in 2015 to 5 this year, with applications
from the Spokane area increasing by 45%. Overall, 27% of awardees were from outside of King County.
Projects funded through GAP in 2016 include Tacoma artist Lisa Kinoshita’s “The West,” an exhibit of
photography, sculpture, and installation by Lisa and Seattle artist Susan Surface exploring the experience of Japanese immigrants and takes place at SOIL
Gallery in 2017; Bellingham-based writer Casandra Lopez’s “A Few Notes on Grief,” a
book-length project about grief, violence, and love from an Indigenous perspective; and Seattle-based performing artist Peter Donnelly’s “hooked up,” a solo show about
gay hook-up culture debuting at Velocity Dance Center in 2017.
GAP is made possible by generous donors who support Artist Trust at $1,500 per year and above, and this year we want to especially thank the memory of
artist Jennifer Smith, and the Seattle Art Dealers Association. Visit our blog here to see the complete list of individuals and
organizations that make this grant possible.
The full list of GAP recipients is below, along with the list of 12 panelists that selected this year’s winners. The GAP recipient’s biographies, work, and
project descriptions can be found on our website.
2016 GAP Recipients
Jennifer Lawrence Bennett
Jade Solomon Curtis‡
David Jaewon Oh
‡Artist Trust / STG Nights at the Neptune partnership
2016 GAP Selection Panelists
Lindsey Rae Gjording
Tay Siang Hui
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 artisttrust.org.