May 15, 2015



My how time flies! It's already May and we've got some deadlines coming up. The deadline to apply for Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) is May 18. Sixty-one artists will be awarded $1500 each for individual artist projects, so don't miss out on an opportunity to fund your latest project idea and apply today!


We're also looking for speakers for our Artist Trust At Large events - artists living in the Olympic Peninsula, Central Washington, Spokane County, and San Juan County, who can help us spread the word to their communities about how Artist Trust can boost art careers through our programs and services. Training and compensation provided!


In other news, we'll be in Central Washington for Art Confab in June, and our next ARTISTS UP event - a collaboration with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture is in Seattle on June 8. Finally, our 2014 Fellowship recipients are giving public talks about their art...read on to see when and where!


Have a great day!

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Deadline is May 18th
2014 GAP recipient Kate Vrijmoet, And the Vacuum Cleaner Swallows Its Bag,
oil on canvas, 72"x84", 2010. photo: Ken Wagner.

The Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) applications 

deadline is May 18! Get your applications in soon!


The Grants for Artist Projects provide financial support -- $1,500 per project -- for individual artist projects. GAPs support a wide range of artist projects including (but not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work; publication; travel for artistic research or to present or complete work; documentation of work; and advanced workshops for professional development. 

Individual artists of all disciplines who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to the 2015 Grants for Artist Projects. In addition to the 61 GAP recipients, one artist will receive a one-month residency at Centrum located in Port Townsend and a $500 stipend.

For more information and an application, click here
Artist Trust At Large Seeking Speakers
Dayton K. Knipher, In The Beginning: Aquatic Blast, photograph, 2010.


Artist Trust is selecting a small group of people throughout Washington State to be Artist Trust At Large (ATAL) Speakers in the following regions: 

ATAL is a free, one-hour presentation offered statewide on how Artist Trust helps artists of all disciplines boost their careers through our programs and services. The goal of ATAL is to effectively reach out to communities across the state through a cohort of trained Artist Trust At Large Speakers.

In This Issue
Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) May 18
Artist Trust At Large Seeking Speakers
Visual EDGE Applications Now Open
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Check Us Out at CWA Art Confab
ARTISTS UP on June 8
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team
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Visual EDGE Applications Now Open
Peter Carlson, Visitor, oil on canvas, 18"x28", 2008.

Artist Trust invites visual artists in Washington State to apply to the EDGE Professional Development Program. The EDGE Program offers artists a comprehensive survey of 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.

The EDGE Program provides artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals as well as to develop peer support and exchange. 

This year, EDGE will take place in Port Townsend from October 24 -31. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2015. 

Scholarships are available by request through the Artist Trust Need-Based Scholarship Fund and The Latino/a & Filipino/a Scholarship Funds for Professional Development for Latino/a & Filipino/a artists. Click here for more information.
National Endowment for the Arts Grant: Our 16th!

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that Artist Trust has been awarded $20,000 to support Artist Trust's Creative Career Center, a comprehensive suite of professional training programs for artists of all disciplines in Washington State. It's the 16th year in a row we have received grants from the NEA!


We're so grateful for this support, and proud to be in the company of other arts organizations in the state who received grants from the NEA this year like Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend and Velocity Dance Center in Seattle.  All together that's over $1.5 million in grants from the NEA for 27 Washington State arts organizations!

Check Us Out at Central Washington's Confab

June 5-6, 2015: CWA Art Confab, Ellensburg


Central Washington Art Confab is a two day event in Ellensburg, WA, that offers professional development workshops for artists, artist demonstrations, and fun events happening around town, and plenty of opportunities for networking!


Artist Trust's own Libby Gerber will be presenting a  "Grant Writing for Artists" workshop on Friday, June 5. In this workshop, artists will learn how to put together a competitive grant application that will captivate jurors. Participants will learn work sample dos & don'ts, writing a simple, clear, and awesome artist's statement, among other skills.


Come join us at Confab!

ARTISTS UP Event June 8
Tyrone Brown and Marita Dingus at an Artists Up event in 2014. Photo: Robert Wade Photography.

June 8, 2015, 6-8:30pm: ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle


Please join us for a free, informal evening at ArtXchange Gallery to network with fellow artists. 


ARTISTS UP is a unique, collaborative program between Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture; 4Culture, which serves all of King County; and Artist Trust, dedicated to supporting artists throughout Washington State.  Designed to engage under-represented artists, ARTISTS UP has successfully provided Latina/o, Asian, Asian Pacific Islander, Asian American, African, African American and Black artists face-to-face meetings with peer artists and funders over the last two years. 


This event is to thank all of the artists we've connected and worked with throughout the series. It's also an opportunity for diverse creative communities to share ideas, promote their work, explore collaboration and get to know each other. 


FREE, but space is limited to artists who RSVP. 

Artist Trust Featured Artists
Cathy McClure, Mickey Hardwired, plastic, battery-operated mechanism, 2011. photo: Franklin Getchell.
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads.
  • Poet Michael Spence (2014 Fellowship) will read poems that focus on non-academic forms of labor at his event Blue Collar, No Collar, which will take place May 16 at Puget Sound Poetry Connection in Tacoma.
  • Sculptor Michael Peterson (2014 Fellowship) will share his approach to his organic abstract objects and the evolution of his work with wood at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner on May 23.

  • Artist Cathy McClure (2014 Fellowship) will be at the Sidney Museum and Arts Association in Port Orchard on June 7 to talk about her work with mechanical toys and articulating bots.
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:

  • May 5-June 6, 2015Multiple venues, Seattle / Black Box 2.0BLACK BOX presents emerging and established contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema.
    Core programming is nomadic and anti-disciplinary, focused on experimental film, video, new media art and moving-image-based work.
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? The application deadline is today so apply now! 

  •  Programs Interns: We're looking for 2 detail-oriented, highly organized interns to help out with our Programs Department. Internships run four to six months, 12-20 hours per week. Paid stipend. 

Be in Touch
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Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
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