January 15, 2015



We sure have been busy over here at Artist Trust! We've been getting ready for our benefit art auction in March (volunteers needed!). And there are many opportunities coming up this month for artists and writers to receive valuable financial and professional support: the 2015 Fellowships, the Twining Humber Award, and the LIT Edge Professional Development program. We're also seeking a Program Intern  and a Strategic Planning Intern . 

Last Chance: Apply for the 2015 Fellowships
Oleksandra Pryveda, Wheat Ram, wheat, 2011.

There are five more days left to apply for the Artist Trust 2015 Fellowships for Washington State artists working in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing, traditional/folk, and visual arts. 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.

Apply for the 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists
Larry Crist, Undertow Overtures, ATOM Press, 2014.

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
Latino and need-based scholarships available!
In This Issue
Apply for the 2015 Fellowships
Apply for the 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists
Twining Humber Award Nominations Now Open
"I Am An Artist" in Vancouver
Get Happy in Vancouver
Artist Trust at Large in Richland & Tacoma
2015 Benefit Art Auction
2015 Auction: Call for Volunteers!
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team! Strategic Planning Intern
Be in Touch


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Top Image: Elizabeth Sandvig, Yellow Trogons (detail), oil on canvas, 2003. photo: Spike Mafford

Twining Humber Award Nominations Now Open

Claudia Fitch, Colossal Heads (Girl Next Door) (detail), fiberglass, steel, paint, 2002.

Nominations for the annual Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award are now open! The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the visual arts. It is an unrestricted $10,000 award given annually to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. Any United States resident may nominate a Washington State female artist who fulfills the criteria. 

Nominators can find more information about the award, guidelines, and application form here. 


I Am An Artist in Vancouver
Christopher Luna, Collage to illustrate the song "Thruster" by Outer Space Heaters, 2014.
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.
Artist Trust at Large in Richland & Tacoma!
Davin Diaz, "date project-FREEDOM image," digital image, 2014
Looking to give your arts career a boost? In these free 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.


2015 Benefit Art Auction
2015 Benefit Art Auction: Call for Volunteers!
2014 Auction volunteer Julian Peņa. Photo: Tim Aguero

Volunteer for the 2015 Benefit Art Auction! This auction is one of our biggest events of the year and we could not do it without you! From mailing invitations to setting up the space to pouring drinks, there are dozens of opportunities to make the night a success. Please consider joining us at Artist Trust and the Seattle art community by volunteering your time and energy. Not only will you have a blast, but by volunteering for 5 hours you will receive a yearlong membership with Artist Trust! Click here to find out more information, full descriptions of the positions and the form to sign up, or email nathan@artisttrust.org for more information. 

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:
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:
Join Our Team! 


We're seeking two new interns to work in our office. Have what it takes? Application deadlines are coming up quick so apply now!
  • Program Intern: We're looking for a detail-oriented, highly organized intern to help out with our Programs Department. Internships run four to six months, 12-20 hours per week. Paid stipend. 
  • Strategic Planning Intern: We're also looking for an intern to assist with our strategic planning initiative. The Strategic Planning Intern will assist with state-wide information gathering to inform Artist Trust's new strategic direction.

Be in Touch
Our Seattle office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm (we will be closed January 19, 2015 for Martin Luther King Day). 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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