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Celebrate Washington State Artists at the 2018 Annual Benefit Auction

For Immediate Release:


Erika Enomoto (she/her)

Communications Manager

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February 9, 2018 – Artist Trust invites the community to attend the 2018 Annual Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, February 24 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The evening is sure to delight and inspire with champagne, a seated dinner, music by DJ Sharlese, a performance by The Three Yells choreographed by Veronica Lee-Baik, and a keynote address by poet Quenton Baker, a crowd of artists and art lovers, and silent and live auctions featuring the work of over 100 Washington State artists.

The auction features work by extraordinary artists, including collaborators Victoria Haven and Dawn Cerny, recent Frye Art Museum exhibitor Alison Marks, Seattle’s own Alfredo Arreguin, Andrea Zittel of California, and more. Also featured is an interactive installation by artist June Sekiguchi and on-site tintype photography by Daniel Carrillo, appearing courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery. 

Attendees may bid on a range of artwork comprised of paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry as well as unique art experiences. Art experience highlights include a trip to Bali hosted by Artist Trust Founding Director David Mendoza, a week-long stay in Buenos Aires hosted by artist Sheila Klein, a weekend at the Olson Kundig-designed Rolling Huts in Methow Valley, an Orcas Island getaway that includes VIP passes to the Orcas Island Film Festival, and a one-night stay at Kangaroo House, a writer-owned bed and breakfast. To view the full list of auction art and art experiences visit

For those unable to attend the auction, Artist Trust staff can place a bid on your behalf based on your specifications. Contact Emily at to arrange proxy bidding. Proceeds raised from the Annual Benefit Art Auction help Artist Trust empower artists to find their voice, grow their careers, and build a stronger practice.

“The Annual Benefit Art Auction is critical to Artist Trust’s ability to serve Washington State artists through project-based funding, merit-based awards, and artist support programming. 30% of our annual income is raised on this special evening and all proceeds benefit the mission of Artist Trust to support individual artists,” said Shannon Halberstadt, Artist Trust CEO. 

Auction attendees are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to “Fund the Artists,” with all donations up to $25,000 matched by the Klorfine Foundation. At 8:30 P.M., Artist Trust will premiere its “Fund the Artists” video on social media outlets Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Donors who are unable to attend the auction are encouraged to participate in the matching challenge by making a gift online.

We are grateful for our generous auction sponsors including The Klorfine Foundation, The Boeing Company, Uncle Harry’s Natural Products, and Vulcan Inc. The full list of auction sponsors can be viewed here.

Artist Trust 2018 Benefit Art Auction
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018

5:00 Registration and curator preview tour
6:00 Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction
7:30 Dinner, live auction, Fund the Artists
9:30 Live auction concludes

Tickets are $250 and include hosted bar, dinner, and hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets at $350 and above include Friday auction preview party and a portrait sitting with Daniel Carrillo during the event

Visit for a full preview and more details.

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