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Nominations Sought for 2013 Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust seeks nominations for the 2013 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The annual award of $10,000 is given to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to the visual arts.

Seattle-based visual artist Pat DeCaro was the 2012 Twining Humber Award recipient. Other past recipients are Barbara Noah, Anne Hirondelle, Mary Lee Hu, Elizabeth Sandvig, Mary Henry, Fay Jones, Doris Chase, Ramona Solberg and Patty Warashina. Mary Randlett was the inaugural award recipient in 2001.

“Being an artist entails hard work, persistence and dedication, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has given me meaning in the journey of life. Besides the value of having meaning and purpose in one’s existence however, there are always bills to pay and the realities of everyday living that bring lots of challenges.  The Twining Humber Award is a wonderful gift, and moments like this reaffirm that you took the right road. I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Artist Trust as I feel very honored to join the fabulous women who have received the Twining Humber Award.” –Pat De Caro, 2012 Twining Humber Lifetime Award Recipient

The Twining Humber Award is open to all visual artists who meet the eligibility requirements of the program. Nominations will be accepted for artists working in all genres of the visual art discipline. Any U.S. resident may nominate an artist. Artists may NOT nominate themselves. After all nominations have been received, one nominee will be selected by a selection panel comprised of artists and/or arts professionals.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Artist Trust website at, or individuals may request a copy by sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to: Twining Humber Award, Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

A one-hour webinar will be held on November 20 at 2pm, providing background on the award, information on the application and review process, and a Q&A. To participate, please email with “THA Webinar” in the subject line.

The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement is made possible by a generous gift from Yvonne Twining Humber to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund. Yvonne, who passed away in May 2003, was a painter of both urban and rural landscapes, and was employed by the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1943. Originally from New York City, Yvonne was raised in England and New England and then lived in Washington State for over 50 years. With the estate she and her husband built together, Yvonne established this award as a means to recognize female artists who have dedicated a lifetime to their artwork.

In 2012, Artist Trust will award over $280,000 to 102 artists through our five grant programs and direct support. An Awards Party honoring all the 2012 recipients of the Grants for Artist Projects, Arts Innovator Awards, Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Fellowships, and the Conductive Garboil Grant (in partnership with 4Culture), will take place at Experience Music Project in Seattle on November 1, 2012.

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