January 1, 2015



Happy New Year! We hope that 2015 will be filled with inspiration, creativity and success. Here at Artist Trust, we're starting off the year right with workshops, networking events and funding opportunities for artists across the state. Won't you join us?

Get Noticed: Apply for the 2015 Fellowships
Jason Walker,
Blind Admiration, 2012.

Washington State artists working in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing, traditional/folk, and visual arts are invited to apply for Artist Trust's 2015 Fellowships! These $7,500 awards recognize 12 practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, acknowledging the artist's creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline. (Craft, literary, media, and music arts will be offered in 2016.)

In addition, one artist each in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary and visual arts will receive a one-month residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts in upstate New York, along with a $1,000 stipend.

Get Published: Apply for the 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists

Latino/a artist and needs-based scholarships available!

Make 2015 the year you get published! The EDGE Professional Development Program provides literary artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals as well as to develop peer support. EDGE offers comprehensive training in professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions, and assignments.

EDGE curriculum includes:
  • Professional Presentation 
  • The Writing Life: Funding, Publication & Other Opportunities
  • The Business of Writing
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Grand Finale Public Presentations
Have questions about the EDGE Program? Need tips on how to have the most competitive application? Attend a free webinar January 8, 6:30-7:30pm.
In This Issue
Apply for the 2015 Fellowships
Apply for the 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists
Anchor Zero Opening Reception / Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Artist Trust At Large in Seattle
"I Am An Artist" in Vancouver
Get Happy in Vancouver
2015 Benefit Art Auction
Auction Sponsorship & Ad Opportunities: Last Call!
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Welcome, Amber!
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Anchor Zero Opening Reception / Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Jessika Kenney. Still from Anchor Zero, 2014.

January 9, 2015, 7:30-9:30pm

Frye Art Musem, Seattle


Internationally recognized vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney is the first recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, funded by the Raynier Institute and Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The Frye Art Museum will present Kenney's first exhibitionAnchor Zero. Comprised of talismanic scores, ethereal imagery, interactive spaces, and a new work for spatialized anti-choir, Anchor Zero expresses a mysticism which posits itself in the midst of the tensions between personal and universal, traditions and immediacy, prayer and discourse.


Kenney employs voice, breath, sonic atmospheres, and texts in her own compositions and in her practice as an acolyte of the cosmopolitan Persian and Javanese literary musics. Her music has been performed internationally. Significant performances include premieres at the Tectonics festivals in Reykjavik and Brooklyn. An LP of recent works titled "ATRIA" will be released by the avant-metal label SIGE in 2015.



Artist Trust At Large in Seattle
Michelle Bates,
Watersteps (detail), 2003.
 January 12, 2015, 7-8pm
 Tashiro-Kaplan Building, Seattle

Looking to give your arts career a boost? In this free one-hour presentation, Artist Trust At Large speaker Michelle Bates gives you the scoop on how we 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. 

Stay tuned for more ATALs coming in Tacoma, Richland, Vashon and beyond!
I Am An Artist in Vancouver
Christopher Luna, Collage to illustrate the song "Thruster" by Outer Space Heaters,
Vancouver Community Library

Discounts available for Artist Trust members, Latino/a artists, and those with financial need! We're also seeking a work/study Teacher's Assistant; contact us for details.

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, Resume & Cover Letter
          • Finding & Pursing Funding, Showing, & Performing Opportunities
          • Online Promoting & Marketing
          • Learn from Successful Artists: Q&A
          • Rock Your Elevator Speech
Workshop Instructor: Barbara Noonan

Artist Panel: Yoshihiro Kitai (Visual Artist); Christopher Luna (Literary), Music & Performing Artists TBA
Artist Happy Hour in Vancouver
Christopher Luna, Dormire, 2013.
North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver

What's the most important thing you can do to advance your arts career? Expand your network! Come talk shop, meet fellow artists, and get happy.

Want to help out? We're looking for volunteers to make this a fun party.
2015 Benefit Art Auction

Get your tickets now for our most fantastic fundraising event of the year!

Don't miss your chance to: 
          • Own one-of-a-kind artwork from esteemed and up-and-coming Washington artists;
          • Purchase exclusive arts experiences;
          • Get an insiders' view during the Curator Tour;
          • Revel in performances and installations;
          • Enjoy a sumptuous seated dinner and delicious drinks; 
          • Spend time with contributing artists;
          • Support individual artists throughout Washington!
The Auction always sells out, so get your tickets before they're gone!
Auction Sponsorship & Ad Opportunities: Last Call!
The Vulcan/Paul G. Allen Family Foundation table toasting at the 2014 Auction. photo: Miguel Edwards

Artist Trust's 2015 Benefit Art Auction is an exceptional opportunity for businesses and individuals to invest in art at the source. Sponsors gain visibility and direct access to over 450 art collectors, artists and community leaders while providing support to sustain artists' careers.


Sponsorship benefits include logo and name recognition on event collateral and our Auction website, event perks, invitations to an exclusive benefactor evening for top-tier sponsors and much more depending on sponsorship level.


The January 9th deadline for catalog ads and sponsorships is fast approaching!  Act soon to get involved by advertising your company or organization in our Auction catalog, bringing your business to a wide audience of artists and supporters!

For a full list of sponsorship levels and benefits, and catalog ad options, contact Cristina Friday.
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Our massivonline calendar lists events across the state for artists and arts lovers; post your own for free and it might get highlighted here! Here's just a sampling:
          • January 11-31, 2015:  Gallery North, Edmonds / In with the NewThe show includes fused glass by Kevin Creekmore, watercolors by Lonni Flowers, Catherine M. James, and Lauriel Sandstrom, photography by Erika Sheehan and Wei Chen and ceramics by Melinda O'Malley.
Opportunities for Artists
Browse our Opportunities webpage for hundreds of calls for art of all disciplines, funding, residencies, jobs, work space and housing listings, and post your own. New listings include:
Welcome, Amber!
Welcome, Amber!Help us give a warm welcome to our new Communications Manager, Amber Cortes. Amber has experience in both journalism and the non-profit arts world, and has worked for The Village Voice, UnionDocs, KUOW, The Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Grist.org. Amber is passionate about building digital capacity to support nonprofit organizations. Currently, she is a part-time student in the Communications Leadership program at the University of Washington.

And a big thanks to our former Associate Director, Lila Hurwitz at Doolittle+Birdwho directed Artist Trust's communications from 2006-2014 and has been our communications consultant since April!
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!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
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