March 2, 2015


From left to right: John & Shari Behnke, Artist Trust Executive Director Shannon Halberstadt. Photo: Robert Wade


We've been preparing for months: gathering generously-donated artwork and art experiences, organizing volunteers and entertainment, and holding a successful Benefactor Party in the home of John and Shari Behnke last week.  


And finally it's time! This Saturday, Artist Trust is holding our annual Benefit Art Auction (also known as 'The Party of The Year'). We couldn't be more excited. There will be dinner and drinks, live music and performances, a golden ticket raffle, and of course, amazing art...because there is no art without artists. 

Our Benefit Art Auction is our largest, single fundraising event, and the proceeds allow Artist Trust to continue to support individual artists across Washington State. So please join us! 


Check out some of our art and art experience previews and if you haven't already, get your tickets today. We're also still looking for a few good volunteers for art wrapping and running.


Hope to see you there!

Benefit Art Auction is March 7th!  

March 7, 2015, 5-10pm: Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

Get your tickets now for our biggest, most exciting fundraising event of the year! We just posted some previews of art and art experiences on our Benefit Art Auction website. 

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 today!


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 full descriptions of the positions and the form to sign up, or email nathan@artisttrust.org for more information. 


In This Issue
2015 Benefit Art Auction
Benefit Art Auction Call for Volunteers!
Help Us Develop Our Resource Room
"I Am An Artist" in Seattle & Walla Walla
Artist Trust At Large in Everett & Pasco
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team
Be in Touch


Quick Links 

About Artist Trust


Creative Career Center


Become an Artist Trust member!


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Help Us Develop Our Resource Room

Cherdonna needs a new chair! Video by Sonja Roach.

Help Artist Trust outfit its newly designed Resource Room - a space for Washington-based artists to gather and access funding opportunities, sample grant applications and more! 

Check out this hilarious video with local performer Cherdonna to learn more.  

Your contributions will go toward: installation of new furniture for a versatile, multi-use space; new computers with a suite of creative software for artists to use; a street-facing monitor to share artists' work and upcoming events; and the commissioning of an original work by a Washington State artist to be enjoyed by all who use the Resource Room!

But here's the best part: your dollars will go twice as far through the support of ArtsFund. Artsfund's power2give/PugetSound is an online cultural marketplace connecting donors with projects they are passionate about.

I Am An Artist in Seattle & Walla Walla
Antonia Price,
2013. Dancers: Sarah Kathryn Olds, Eric Aguilar. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis.

March 21 & 22, 9-4pmSeattle Pacific University, Seattle

April 25th & 26th, 9-4pm: Whitman College, Walla Walla

Discounts available for Artist Trust members, Latino/a artists, and those with financial need!  Contact us for details.


Say "I Am An Artist!" and jumpstart or refresh your arts career! Are you ready to take you art career to the next level? Not sure how to do it? 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
  * Learning from Successful Artists in Seattle: Q&A with Artists of All Disciplines
  * Rocking Your Elevator Speech


Workshop Instructor (Seattle): Nichole DeMent

Workshop Instructor (Walla Walla): Barbara Noonan

Artist Trust At Large in Everett & Pasco
Michelle Bates,
Dino, from "Exquisite Decay" series, C-print, Holga camera image, 2008.

March 15, 3-4pmSchack Art Center, Everett

March 24, 5-7pm: Pasco Library (Community Room), Pasco


Looking to give your arts career a boost? In this free presentation, Artist Trust At Large will give 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.


Artist & Speaker (Everett): Michelle Bates 

Artist & Speaker (Pasco): Davin Diaz


Artist Trust Featured Artists
Jason Walker, Standing In the Grass, porcelain, underglaze, resin and plastic tubes, 2009.
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads.
  • Sculptor and 2014 Fellowship recipient Jason Walker will be speaking about his work at a 'Meet The Artist' event on March 21, 2015 at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.
  • Writer David Shields (2013 Arts Innovator Award) will be hosting a reading with visiting writer Sarah Mangusto at The Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle on March 21, 2015.
Are you an Artist Trust grant recipient or EDGE grad? Send us your news! 
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:

  • March 6-29, 2015: Seattle Repertory Theatre / The Comparables: In this pitch black comedy commissioned by Seattle Rep, Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails.

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 a Communications Intern to work in our office. Have what it takes? The application deadline is coming up quick so apply now!
  • Communications Intern: The Communications Intern will help with various aspects of communications, marketing and outreach, including assisting with social media and public relations including press releases, managing the Events webpages, updating online artists' profiles, designing print collateral and assisting with special projects and events. The position is approximately 10-15 hours per week. Deadline 3/15/15.

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.
Have a new email or snail-mail address? Please let us know! 
Take care, and keep in touch!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
866/21-TRUST (toll free)