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Artist Trust’s Partnership with Seattle Art Fair Exceeded All Expectations

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is pleased to announce this year’s Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) due to the success of Seattle Art Fair 2015.

The Seattle Art Fair, co-produced by Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions, raised $86,050.00 from ticket sales for the opening Preview event on July 30, 2015. Nearly 600 Patron VIP tickets were purchased for the fair’s opening night, with proceeds supporting Artist Trust’s grant program.

“Seattle Art Fair’s generous donation was far more than Artist Trust anticipated. We were floored,” said Shannon Halberstadt, Executive Director of Artist Trust.

“This donation nearly covers the cost of all of Artist Trust’s 2015 Grants for Artist Projects.  It’s incredible to see this donation from Seattle Art Fair reinvested in Washington State, fueling individual artist projects across disciplines statewide. This unexpected investment from Seattle Art Fair is like a birthday present to Artist Trust. 2016 is Artist Trust’s 30-year anniversary, and the Seattle Art Fair donation frees resources for Artist Trust to celebrate individual artists in a series of artist showcases and networking events statewide in 2016. Let’s celebrate.”

From Spokane to Port Townsend, 60 artists statewide will earn $1,500.00 GAP awards, which provide support for artist-generated projects, including (but not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline. In addition to the 60 GAP recipients, one artist receives a one-month residency with a $500 stipend.

“The Seattle Art Fair shines a spotlight on the Seattle art world, elevating international perception of the Pacific Northwest as an art epicenter,” said Shannon Halberstadt. “We all know that the PNW is full of incredible artistic talent. Now the secret is out. The Seattle Art Fair inspired the rest of the art world to look a little more closely at the PNW, which is a boon to the artists and arts organizations in our region.”

Artist Trust is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Grant for Artist Projects, a program largely supported by the inaugural Seattle Art Fair. To see artist profiles and read about their projects, click here.

Literary Arts:
Jordan Alam, Bellevue
Anne Bean, Seattle
Tara Conklin, Seattle
Karen Finneyfrock, Seattle
Robert Flor, Seattle
Kathryn Hunt, Port Townsend
Jill McCabe Johnson, East Sound
Kete Lebo, Spokane
Shin Yu Pai, Seattle
Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, Walla Walla
Shaun Scott, Seattle
Jason Skipper, Tacoma
Matthew Sullivan, Ephrata

Media Arts:
Rulon Brown, Seattle
Ethan Folk, Seattle

Performing Arts:
Veronica Lee Baik, Seattle
Steven Bayly, Seattle
Richard Coates, Seattle
Jennifer Jasper, Seattle
Coleman Pester, Seattle
Kendra Phillips, Renton
Angelique Poteat, Seattle
Hannah Simmons, Seattle

Centrum Residency*
Kelli Agodon, Kingston (Literary Arts)

Visual Arts:
Roldy Aguero Ablao, Seattle
Jite Agbro, Seattle
Flynn Bickley, Seattle
Lauren Boilini, Seattle
Patti Bowman, Bellevue
Julie Brooks, Seattle
Cynthia Camlin, Mt. Vernon
James Coupe, Seattle
John DeRoulet, Spokane
Jeff Ferguson, Beaver**
Lisa Gilley, Nordland
Ari Glass, Seattle
Andrew Hoeppner, Seattle
Fred Holcomb, Seattle
Claire Johnson, Seattle
Christopher Jordan, Tacoma***
Tori Karpenko, Twisp
Dave Kennedy, Seattle
Alexander Keyes, Seattle
Amanda Knowles, Shoreline
Moxie Lieberman, Seattle
Etta Lilienthal, Seattle
Holly Martz, Bellevue
Katie Metz, Seattle
Marilyn Montufar, Seattle
Frances Nelson, Seattle
Chandler O’Leary, Tacoma
Amy Pleasant, Mill Creek
Kristen Ramirez, Seattle
Stan Raucher, Seattle
Barbara Robertson, Seattle
Brad Rude, Walla Walla
Emily Stout, Seattle
Asia Tail, Tacoma
Chandler Woodfin, Seattle
Laura Wright, Seattle
Junko Yamamoto, Seattle

*Centrum’s mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives. Through inter-generational immersive workshops, Centrum brings together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, find and provide mentorship, and build community. Public performances are the culmination and celebration of Centrum’s workshops and programs, where audiences share in those creative experiences.

**2015 Carl & Jini Dellaccio GAP recipient. The late Jini Dellaccio captured the Northwest rock ‘n’ roll scene with her distinctive photography. Tribute gifts and the Jini Dellaccio Collection generously support one GAP annually.

*** 2015 SADA GAP recipient. The SADA GAP Award was created to honor and support individual artists through a donation from the Seattle Art Dealers Association.

Artist Trust is grateful to the following panelists for their work in selecting this year’s recipients:

Literary Arts:
Kathleen Alcalá, Bainbridge Island
Peter Bacho, Tacoma
Kyle Boelte, Vashon Island
Margot Kahn Case, Seattle
Gabriella Gutíerrez y Muhs, Seattle

Media Arts:
Don Hamilton, Spokane
Jamie Howell, Wenatchee
Martin Tran, Seattle

Visual Arts:
Renee Adams, Thorp
Lisa Myers Bulmash, Lynnwood
Romson Regarde Bustillo, Seattle
Linda Collins Chapman, Sequim
Erin Genia, Olympia

Performing Arts:
Vanessa DeWolf, Seattle
J P Falcon Grady, Bellingham
TiQuida Spellman, Seattle

About the Seattle Art Fair

Co-produced by Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions, the Seattle Art Fair showcases the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on the Pacific Rim. The goal of Seattle Art Fair is to develop a truly unique, innovative art event that further establishes Seattle as an influential player in the global art landscape. Seattle Art Fair 2016 will take place August 4-7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Find out more at

About Artist Trust

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