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Funding Programs

Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Grants range from project grants and major merit awards to residencies in the Northwest and abroad. Recipients are determined by peer panels of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest.

Annual funding includes the following programs. Meet the recipients here.

The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

An unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist who is engaged in storytelling through their work in various artistic disciplines. The award recognizes an artist who demonstrates excellence in storytelling through their primary artistic discipline. Annual awards will focus on storytelling through different artistic disciplines to be announced each year.

James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

An unrestricted award of $50,000 given annually (starting in 2014) to a Washington State artist working in any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. This award is intended to help advance the creative work of outstanding individual artists; artists producing unique work through collaboration will also be considered.

Arts Innovator Award

An unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists, who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists of all disciplines who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Funding of this award is generously donated by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.

James W. Ray Venture Project Awards

Two unrestricted awards of $15,000 each given annually (starting in 2014) to support artistic excellence and the development of new ideas through individual and collaborative projects. The awards recognize artists of all disciplines living and working in Washington State whose work demonstrates exceptional originality.

Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

This unrestricted award is given annually to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 or more years of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to the visual arts. This award is made possible by a generous gift from Yvonne Twining Humber to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund.


Fellowships award $7,500 to up to 16 practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. The Fellowship is a merit-based, not project-based, award. Fellowship recipients must present a Meet the Artist event to a community that has little or no access to the artist and their work.

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP)

GAPs provide up to $1,500 for up to 60 artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in all artistic disciplines.

Centrum Residency

This residency provides accommodations and access to the studios and resources at Centrum, a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. Residency recipients are chosen from Grants for Artist Projects recipients.

Conductive Garboil Grant

An annual award for Seattle artists of all disciplines who have a connection to the Pioneer Square neighborhood and have demonstrated an ability to challenge the limits of conductive creative discourse and its effects on society, pushing the creative act beyond the accepted limits, definitions or purposes of art while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex. This grant is co-administered by Artist Trust and 4Culture with the assistance of the late artist Su Job's personal representative, Lynn Schirmer.