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Artist Trust Names 2012 Creative Catalysts

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust has honored Mia McEldowney and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) as recipients of the organization’s second annual Creative Catalyst Awards, in celebration of their steadfast and generous support of Artist Trust and the artists it helps flourish.

Artist Trust has benefited from the generosity, good counsel and friendship of these magnanimous donors for over two decades. Creative Catalysts such as ArtsWA and Mia McEldowney have made it possible for artists across the state to help make our region into the cultural hotspot that it is, while enriching community life with their creative output.

“The vision and generosity of these leaders has been instrumental in shaping the richness and diversity of our cultural experience. Without the magnanimous encouragement from creative catalysts who understand the importance of supporting art at its source, we would not have such a vital arts community. We are grateful for their thoughtful investments.”
—Margit Rankin, Executive Director, Artist Trust

Mia McEldowney has been involved with Artist Trust since its inception, serving on the Board of Trustees including as Board President. She was a founding member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association and has been deeply involved Seattle’s art scene for decades. She ran Mia Gallery for 14 years, which specialized in showing work from “self-taught” artists.

Established in 1961, the Washington State Arts Commission serves the public as a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. Under its new nickname, ArtsWA, the organization continues to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to conserve and develop critical artistic resources. ArtsWA promotes statewide arts awareness, develops sustainable arts resources, and deepens investments in Washington’s dynamic cultural legacy—a mission that closely aligns with Artist Trust’s. Since 1986, ArtsWA has continually supported Artist Trust. In 1993, Artist Trust and ArtsWA entered into a Cooperative Partnership through which ArtsWA supports Artist Trust’s Fellowships and the EDGE Professional Development Program.

“ArtsWA has a terrific partnership with Artist Trust. Our support over the organization’s 25 years has contributed to the stability of Artist Trust, in turn giving ArtsWA better ability to serve individual artists throughout the whole state by investing in artists at different times of their career. We are deeply honored that our mutual contributions to Washington artists are commemorated by the 2012 Creative Catalyst Award.”
—Kris Tucker, Executive Director, ArtsWA

A public awards ceremony honoring all the 2012 recipients of the Grants for Artist Projects, Arts Innovator Awards, Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Fellowships, and the Conductive Garboil Grant (in partnership with 4Culture), will take place at Experience Music Project in Seattle on November 1, 2012.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Artist Trust has invested over $9 million in Washington State artists since its founding. In 2012, Artist Trust will award over $280,000 to 102 artists through our five grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training, professional development resources and counseling to help artists achieve their career goals.

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