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Artist Trust’s 2012 Arts Innovator Awards Grant Two Washington State Artists $50,000

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust, a Washington state nonprofit arts organization, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Arts Innovator Awards: Mandy Greer and Dayna Hanson. These unrestricted cash awards of $25,000 are the largest monetary award available to a generative artist of any discipline statewide.

The Arts Innovator Awards recognize Washington State artists working in any discipline who demonstrate innovation in their art practice—originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The awards are supported generously by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.

“We are thrilled to offer the Arts Innovator Awards for the third consecutive year—and delighted to recognize the artists selected through the panel process for their exceptional vision, execution, and leadership. These two artists bring to the forefront not just the caliber of artists working and creating innovative works in the State of Washington, but they also illustrate the diversity of creative expression that rises to the surface through an award designed to recognize innovation in the arts.” —Margit Rankin, Executive Director, Artist Trust

2012 Arts Innovator Award Recipients:

Mandy Greer (Seattle) is a mixed-media installation and multidisciplinary artist. Her seductive work can be found in public outdoor venues as well as in gallery spaces. In the Northwest, she has shown at Henry Art Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Kirkland Arts Center, Gallery 4Culture, Soil Gallery, Consolidated Works and others. She has shown nationally at Bucheon Gallery and The Lab Contemporary Art Center, The Tampa Museum of Art, 516 Arts and Aqua Art. She has received many awards and grants including several 4Culture Special Projects Grants, Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (2008, 2011), Artist Trust Fellowship (2004) and nominations for the Portland Museum of Art’s Contemporary Northwest Artist Awards. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington.

Dayna Hanson (Seattle) is a filmmaker, multi-disciplinary artist and 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography who has been creating film and video work for over 15 years. She has directed short narrative, experimental and dance films that have been screened in festivals worldwide, including Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Dayna was co-artistic director of internationally touring dance theater company 33 Fainting Spells and has performed her own work at On the Boards and Northwest Film Forum. She is currently working on a narrative feature film, Improvement Club (formerly Rainbow). She has received numerous grants and awards including: Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs City Artist grant: 4Culture 2009 Individual Projects grant; Northwest Film Forum 2008; Start–to–Finish grant 2008; Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography 2007; Stranger Genius Award shortlist in film 2006; Special Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival for Walking to Werner, 2006 (producer); MAPFund grant 2005; and Artist Trust Fellowship 2009.

Congratulations to these worthy recipients for receiving these awards and for their steadfast perseverance in forging innovative paths in their art practice.

Four panels, representing literary, media, performing and visual arts and one multidisciplinary panel (composed of representatives of the discipline specific panels) selected award finalists and recipients from 136 applicants. Panelists were:

Performing: Jarrad Powell; Vivian Phillips; Sara Edwards
Visual: Deborah Paine; Chris Bruce; Stefano Catalani
Media: Webster Crowell; John Jacobsen; Jamala Henderson
Literary: Paul Nelson; Kathleen Alcalá; Shawn Wong

An Awards Party honoring all the 2012 recipients of the Arts Innovator Awards, Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Fellowships, Grants for Artist Projects, and the Conductive Garboil Grant will take place at Experience Music Project in Seattle on November 1, 2012. In 2012 alone, Artist Trust awarded over $280,000 to 102 artists through our five grant programs and direct support.

Artist Trust is proud of its partnership with The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation in the establishment of the Arts Innovator Awards, a clear manifestation of both of the organizations’ missions. The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations.

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