August 4, 2015

We're brimming with good news this week!

First of all, our partnership with the Seattle Art Fair raised over $85,000 for Artist Trust through Patron VIP Pass sales! The spotlight was firmly on Seattle as collectors, artists and galleries gathered for the inaugural fair.

In addition, our Fellowship recipients' exhibit, FEAT2015, had a great turnout and will continue through First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Go check out their incredible work.

We're also thrilled to welcome aboard our new Program Director, Brian McGuigan! Read on to learn more about Brian. 

Finally, we're on the hiring hunt for a new Development Director, a strong leadership role overseeing fundraising for our organization. Please spread the word! 
Seattle Art Fair Success! 
Board President Stephanie Ellis-Smith and Executive Director Shannon Halberstadt with Paul Allen at the Seattle Art Fair Preview.

The first two hours of the opening night Preview at Seattle Art Fair raised over $85,000 for Artist Trust! Thank you to the Seattle Art Fair, Art Market Productions, and the community at large who came out to support us and the fair. It was an incredible and inspiring weekend.

Check out some pictures and press from the fair. We're excited to keep the energy going by continuing to fund and encourage individual artists across Washington State!

Some of the Artist Trust team at our Seattle Art Fair booth.
In This Issue
Seattle Art Fair Success
Artist Trust Annual Art Book Sale is August 13
FEAT2015: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust
Welcome, Brian McGuigan
New Grant: Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award
Conductive Garboil Grant Now Open
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team
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Artist Trust Annual Art Book Sale
The Annual Art Book Sale is next week!

Swing by Artist Trust during Capitol Hill Art Walk on Thursday August 13, 5-8pm for our annual art book sale. We'll be selling books of all kinds and price ranges (starting at FREE): exhibition catalogs, large format hardcover art books, magazines, monographs, professional development books, children's books, works by Artist Trust grant recipients, and much more. Credit, cash and check accepted. BONUS: enjoy beer, wine and popsicles with our delightful staff!


Contact Sonja Roach, Development Manager, if you have art books to donate. See you there!


FEAT2015: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust

July 30-August 7, 2015: Galvanize, Seattle 


FEAT2015, featuring the 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship
recipients, has been extended past Seattle Art Fair weekend. It'll be up all week at Galvanize in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Please come by during First Thursday Art Walk on August 6 to check it out; admittance is FREE! It's a great opportunity to meet our new round of Fellowship recipients and view their work.

 Click here for more information. 

Welcome, Brian McGuigan! 

We're very excited to announce that Brian McGuigan has been hired as Program Director at Artist Trust

Brian has worked in programs and marketing for over a decade at Hugo House and ArtsWest. He is the co-founder and curator of the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose; the director of Lit Crawl Seattle and an ambassador for On the Boards. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle's Power 50 Culture Makers. 

As Program Director, McGuigan will oversee all aspects of Artist Trust grantmaking, career development programs and resources to serve individual artists of all disciplines in Washington State.

He starts on August 17, and we can't wait to see the energy and direction he will bring to the organization!
New Grant: Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

Artist Trust is thrilled to announce an exciting NEW GRANT opportunity!  

The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist who is engaged in storytelling through their work in various artistic disciplines. The award recognizes an artist who demonstrates excellence in storytelling through their primary artistic discipline. The discipline focus for 2015 will be Literature (fiction). Future awards will focus on storytelling through other artistic disciplines to be announced each year. 

For more about the award and how to apply, click here.
Conductive Garboil Grant Now Open 

Jeppa Hall, Queen Shmooquan, 2009. performance still: Russel Daniels.
Applications for the Conductive Garboil Grant are now being accepted!

Are you a Seattle artist who has a connection to the Pioneer Square neighborhood? Do you challenge the limits of creative discourse in your community and push the boundaries of art (or know someone who does)? Apply for this non-restricted award of $3,000 administered by The Estate of Su Job, 4Culture and Artist Trust 

For more details and how to apply, click here.
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Barbara Noonan, Essence of Light, pastel, 10"x10", 2012. photo: Stephen Rock
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads 
  • Barbara Noonan, 2012 EDGE Graduate and I Am An Artist instructor will be showing her original pastel paintings at Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia, WA from August 7 - September 18. 

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:
  • August 7-31: Multiple locations / Paper Angels: In sharing the stories of Chinese American sojourners aspiring to find a home in the America of their dreams in the 20th Century, PAPER ANGELS creates a moving depiction of issues still relevant today.
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! 

Artist Trust is pleased to announce that we are seeking a Development Director to join our leadership team! We're also looking for a Programs Intern. Have what it takes? Apply now!


  • Development Director: The Development Director is a key strategist for Artist Trust, stewarding all activities that drive fundraising success. This position oversees revenue generation through a comprehensive fundraising program that includes major gifts, annual funds, events, public and private sector grants, corporate sponsorship, planned and legacy gifts, and special campaign initiatives. This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director. For more information and how to apply click here.
  • Programs Intern: Artist Trust seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized intern to help out with the career training workshops and services in our Programs Department.The Programs Intern will help with various aspects of programming, including: researching, updating and managing the Artist Trust Opportunities webpage, assisting with enrollment for career training programs, and more. For more information and how to apply click here.
Be in Touch
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Take care, and keep in touch!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
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