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Artist Trust on Tour Makes First Stop in Spokane to Showcase 4 Artists

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is excited to host the first night of the Artist Trust on Tour series in Spokane. 4 award-winning artists from Seattle and Spokane will come together at The Bartlett on March 24 to read, perform, and create live art on a unforgettable night. The event is free with RSVP. Attendees are also invited to begin the night at a happy hour, also at The Bartlett, from 5:30-6:30PM.

The Spokane event will feature literary, visual, media and performance arts by artists from Spokane and Seattle. The Spokane artists featured are author Sharma Shields and visual artist Austin Stiegemeier, and the artists visiting from Seattle are performance artist Chad Goller-Sojourner and filmmaker & writer Shaun Scott. For bios of each artist, see below. Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan will host the event.

The goal of Artist Trust on Tour is to celebrate the work of the artists from across the state, connect artists from different disciplines and regions, and create community among artists. The “On Tour” cities chosen are the five most arts-minded areas in Washington State according to the Creative Vitality Index: Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Port Townsend. Each event showcases the work of four artists from different disciplines who’ve been supported by Artist Trust’s grant-making and professional development programs. As a part of this creative exchange, two Spokane Artists will also be showcased in Seattle on August 3, 2016 at the Frye Art Museum. Artist Trust is proud to announce the Seattle Art Fair as the presenting partner of Artist Trust on Tour, and CityArts as a media sponsor.

About the artists:

Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Performing Arts Fellowship. His last show, “Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness” was. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on NPR.

Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian, and filmmaker. He is the author of the e-book Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies. He is a columnist for City Arts Magazine, where he writes the thread Faded Signs, a bi-weekly column about popular culture in late capitalism. Shaun was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award in Film and selected for City Arts Future List in 2012.

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster (Autumn House Press 2012), and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunters Almanac (Henry Holt 2015). Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and Fugue and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose.

Austin Stiegemeier earned his MFA with a specialization in Painting and Printmaking from Washington State University and teaches Printmaking and Visual Communication Design at Eastern Washington University. His practice takes on a variety of approaches including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, street art, and performances that focus around contemporary social issues.

About Seattle Art Fair:

Seattle Art Fair was founded by Paul G. Allen as a unique and innovative art experience showcasing the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a destination for new and established collectors and international art patrons, the Fair shines a light on Seattle’s thriving art scene. Now in its second year, the Fair features local, regional, and international art galleries presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art.  The Seattle Art Fair is produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions.

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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