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Artist Trust on Tour showcases 3 Washington State artists in Tacoma

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is excited to bring the Artist Trust on Tour series to Tacoma. 4 award-winning artists from Olympia, the Peninsula and Tacoma will come together at Feast Arts Center on May 19 to perform, read and celebrate art on an unforgettable night. The event is free with RSVP.

The Tacoma event will feature literary, multi-disciplinary and visual arts by Tacoma visual artist Chandler O’Leary, multidisciplinary artist Anne de Marcken from Olympia and literary artist Matthew Nienow from the Peninsula. For bios of each artist, see below. Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan will host the event, which will run from 7pm-9pm.

Attendees are also invited to begin the night at a happy hour, at Feast Arts Center from 6-7PM. Artist Trust continues their On Tour celebration in Tacoma at 1120 Creative House & Feast Arts Center with Office Hours, a one-on-one consultation, and two workshops on Saturday, May 21st: “First Steps: How to Build Your Audience Online” and “From the Studio to the Gallery”.

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: Bellingham, Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Port Townsend. Each event showcases the work of four artists from different disciplines who have been supported by Artist Trust’s grant-making and professional development programs. Artist Trust is proud to announce the Seattle Art Fair as the presenting partner of Artist Trust on Tour, and CityArts as the media sponsor.

About the artists:

Chandler O’Leary is an illustrator and book artist. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Drawing is at the heart of her work, and her travel sketchbooks have informed her studio practice for over fifteen years. O’Leary has exhibited internationally, and her work is featured in public collections around the United States.

Matthew Nienow is a poet from Port Townsend, who also designs and builds custom wooden paddle boards and small boats. He earned an MFA from the University of Washington and a degree in Traditional Small Craft from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.  His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Poetry, the Best New Poets anthology (2007 and 2012), and in three chapbooks.

Anne de Marcken is an interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in text and moving image. Her credits include multimedia installations, short and feature-length films and videos, algorithm-based narratives, interactive web environments, short stories, poetry, and screenplays. She currently is a visiting professor at The Evergreen State College, is affiliated with Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program, maintains her position as Creative Director of the digital media arts studio Wovie, and keeps up an active creative practice integrating text- and image-based media.

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. For more information, visit

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