May 15, 2014



Hello! I am so happy to be working for Artist Trust--such an important, vibrant organization. (I'm also thrilled to have art in my office!)


In the three weeks since I've been here, I've had the opportunity to conduct an organization assessment. I have been pleased to discover that even in the midst of this transition, the level of commitment to the mission and passion for supporting artists across the state is as strong as ever. 


We are planning to increase our grant-making and to deepen the impact of the Creative Career Center programs throughout the state in the next year. I look forward to helping stabilize and strengthen this dynamic organization over the next several months. Thanks to all of you who help make our work possible.


Barbara Green

Interim Operations Director 

Claudia Fitch wins Twining Humber Award! 

We're happy to announce that Claudia Fitch has won the 2014 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement! This unrestricted $10,000 award is given annually to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the visual arts. 


Claudia is well-known for her innovative work. She's exhibited in museums, had solo gallery shows, done public art commissions, and participated in national and international residencies. 


Congratulations, Claudia!

Artist Trust At Large: Woodland, Bremerton & Pullayup
KC Madsen, Lit Up (detail), acrylic, found materials, encaustic, paper, wood panel, 10'x29'x1', 2013.

May 22, 5:30-6:30pm: Woodland High School


May 31, Noon-1pm: Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton


June 2, Noon-1pm: Puyallup Library


Looking to give your arts career a boost? In these free one-hour presentations, Artist Trust At Large speakers and artists give you the scoop on how Artist Trust can help. You'll learn how Artist Trust serves Washington State Artists of all disciplines and how you can use these programs and resources to advance your arts business. 

In This Issue
Claudia Fitch wins Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Artist Trust At Large: Woodland, Bremerton & Pullayup
Workshop: Creating Your Online Presence
Artists Up for Asian Artists
Seeking Artist Trust At Large Speakers
"I Am An Artist" in Tacoma
Apply for 2014 Arts Innovator Award
Rebecca Brown Tells Her Artist Trust Story
Opportunities for Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Thanks, Eilish, Jennifer & Stacy!
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Top Image: Margie Livingston, Study for wafer board, trimmed (detail), acrylic, 8"x8"x.75", 2010. photo: Richard Nicol
Workshop: Creating Your Online Presence 

May 31, 2014: Seattle Pacific University

10am-noon & 1:30-3:30pm


This information-packed workshop for visual artists, offered in a morning overview session and afternoon detailed session, will guide you through today's dynamic online world and help you make smart choices about how to effectively communicate, present and market your artwork. Learn how to:

          • Develop a professional online presence with the least amount of time and work;
          • Learn what social media sites are most valuable to artists and why;
          • Understand when to use Instagram, Pinterest or Blogspot;
          • Discover how to create a professional website using Wordpress;
          • Learn how to safeguard, watermark and store your images online;
          • Create a successful LinkedIn profile as an artist;
          • Receive valuable, detailed take-home materials.
10am-noon: Online Options for Visual Artists: Creating Your Presence and Safeguarding Your Images 
1:30-3:30pm: Streamline Your Online Presence: Eliminate the Confusion and Polish Your Image 
Artists Up for Asian Artists
Dai Giana, Proposal (Tet Festival), acrylic on paper, 9.5"x22.5", 1999. photo: Marcia Iwasaki

June 9, 2014, 5:30-8:30pm: Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle


Announcing a free evening of resources and networking for Asian, Asian American and Asian-Pacific Islander Artists! This mixer is designed to share best practices through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders, and demystify funding programs and processes. 


Artists creating in dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual and public art are welcome. The program will begin at 5:30pm with an Art Tour of ACRS (optional) followed by an information and networking exchange from 6-8:30pm. Creative activities for school-aged kids and language interpreters are offered upon registration. Light refreshments will be served.  


ARTISTS UP is a unique collaborative pilot between two government agencies and a non-profit organization--4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Trust--that share an interest in extending outreach to under-represented artists in order to better serve the communities of Seattle, King County and Washington State. 

Seeking Artist Trust At Large Speakers
ATAL at Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art, 2013.

Deadline: June 9, 2014


We're seeking a small group of arts lovers throughout Washington State to be Artist Trust At Large speakers. We're specifically looking for go-getters who live in or near these communities: Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Yakima, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Whitman, Vancouver, Long Beach and Port Townsend. You'll get trained in public speaking, and get paid for each presentation!


Artist Trust At Large (ATAL) are free one-hour presentations offered statewide on how Artist Trust helps artists of all disciplines boost their careers through our programs and services. ATAL's goal is to effectively reach out to communities across the state, ensuring that all artists get the support they need.

I Am An Artist in Tacoma 
Kevin Miller, Home & Away: The Old Town Poems,  Pleasure Boat Studio, 2009.

June 14-15, 9am-4pm: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma  

Early registration discount deadline: May 30, 2014 
Latino/a artist scholarships available! 


Say "I am an artist!" and jumpstart or refresh your arts career! This two-day interactive workshop for artists of all disciplines includes: 
          • Work Samples That Look Great
          • Writing a Killer Artist Statement, Résumé & Cover Letter 
          • Pursuing Funding, Showing & Performing Opportunities 
          • Online Promoting & Marketing 
          • Learn from Successful Artists: Q&A
          • Feedback from Your Peers
          • Rock Your Elevator Speech
Spread the word and register today!
And don't miss the Artist Happy Hour, June 19!
Apply for 2014 Arts Innovator Award
David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life, Knopf, 2013.

Deadline: June 23, 2014, 10:59pm


Artist Trust's Arts Innovator Awards (AIA) provide two $25,000 awards for Washington State generative artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their field. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice.


Watch a recorded webinar on applying for the AIA.


The AIA is generously funded by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation. 

Rebecca Brown Tells Her Artist Trust Story
photo: Thomas Schworer

Talk about a must-read! Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and many other fabulous books, waxes poetic about Artist Trust on our blog:  


I don't like to think about where my attempt to write would have gone if that Artist Trust envelope hadn't appeared on my front door...


Read on!

Opportunities for Artists
Statewide Events Calendar
Our massive online calendar lists events across the state for artists and arts lovers; post your own for free! Here's just a sampling:
Thanks, Eilish, Jennifer & Stacy!
Stacy gets her EDGE certificate!
Eilish Cullen was with us all too briefly as a part-time Bookkeeper, until she got nabbed for a full-time position at One Reel. We're thrilled for and thank her!
Jennifer Beaty was a huge help as our Grants Program Intern for the last few months. She's off to be a Workforce Planner Administrative Intern for King County, while she continues her graduate studies in Nonprofit Management at Seattle University. Thanks, Jennifer!
Stacy Lynn Gilbert was a bright light as a Creative Career Center intern, and we wish her great luck as she pursues her writing career! Read Stacy's blogpost about participating in the 2014 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists.
Be in Touch
Our Seattle office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm. Feel free to drop in to visit the Resource Room. Not in the region? Peruse our extensive website full of resources and opportunities 24/7! Browse tons of professional development resources and articles, with vital information on healthcare, legal issues, emergency assistance programs and more.
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Take care, and keep in touch!
Barbara Green 
Interim Operations Director 
Marsha Wolf 
Development Director 

Artist Trust 
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