January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Artist Trust turns 30 this year. We've spent the last thirty years supporting, educating, and advocating for individual artists of all disciplines across Washington State.

And we're just getting started :-)

We're blasting into 2016 with a ton of events across the state - webinar watching parties in Yakima, Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver and Richland, an art walk happy hour, a pop-up studio in Spokane, a marketing seminar in Olympia, and more. 

And our biggest, most fabulous event of the year - our 2016 Annual Benefit Art Auction - is February 27. Check out our amazing auction website for art previews and tickets! We are also looking for volunteers for the auction as well.

And, we want to give you money to help bring your work to the world. Our Fellowship deadline is coming up - January 11 - and we're hosting an online webinar today at 6pm to help you with the application process. Check it out!

Have a great week!

The 2016 Benefit Art Auction is February 27

It's happening! The 2016 Benefit Art Auction is here!

Artist Trust invites you to join us to kick off Artist Trust's 30th year of supporting art at its source! Music, performances, oodles of original artworks by Washington State artists, rare and exceptional art experiences, plenty of bubbly and delectable dinner fare await you.

Check out out 2016 Benefit Art Auction website to learn more about the evening, preview art and art experiences, learn about volunteer opportunities, and of course, get your ticketsWe can't wait to see you there.  

Capitol Hill Art Walk Happy Hour January 14

Raise a glass to kick off Artist Trust's 30th year before the January 14th Capitol Hill Art Walk

We will be popping some bottles at Artist Trust headquarters (12th and Denny) from 4:30-6pm, so join us for a drink, meet our staff, and learn more about how we're celebrating our 30th year before heading off and taking in some art! 

RSVP on Facebook here. Hope to see you there!
2015 Artist Trust Annual Report 

It's that time when we look back on our accomplishments of 2015, and look ahead to the future! 2015 has been a great year for Artist Trust, filled with new grants, successful partnerships and exciting events.

Most of all, we're pleased to have served thousands of artists across the state with our funding, resources, and professional growth programs.

Read all about it here in our online 2015 Annual Report.

In This Issue
2016 Benefit Art Auction Website
Capitol Hill Art Walk Happy Hour January 14
2015 Artist Trust Annual Report
Artist Trust Pop-Up Studio in Spokane 1/7
Artist Trust At Large Marketing Webinar + Watching Parties
How to Build Your Audience Online Workshop in Olympia on January 30
Fellowship Applications Close on 1/11; Webinar 1/5
Applications for Literary EDGE Open
Twining Humber Award Applications Open on 12/18
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
2016 Benefit Art Auction: Sponsorships & Catalog Ads
Join Our Team
Be in Touch


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About Artist Trust


Creative Career Center


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Artist Trust Pop-Up Studio in Spokane 1/7
Artist Trust invites you to a Pop-up Studio to create art and imagine the future with filmmaker Adam Boyd and Spokane's arts community. 

January 7, 2016
At the Bartlett
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

Facilitated by Frances McCue from Creative Ground, and in creative collaboration with filmmaker Adam Boyd, this workshop is the second in a series of Pop-up Studios where we'll engage through creative activities with artists and arts supporters to imagine a vibrant future in Washington State alive with happy, productive, supported artists. 

Help influence the future of Artist Trust and the Washington State arts community! Learn about filmmaking with Adam Boyd! And enjoy free snacks! 

Space is limited so please RSVP to this free event today. 
Artist Trust at Large Marketing Webinar + Watching Parties!

January 12, 2016
Webinar + Artist Mixer



Looking for marketing advice for your arts career? Come join Artist Trust at Large speakers all over the state and members of your community to participate in a webinar, hosted by Kelsye Nelson, about social media marketing for artists!

Author and consultant Kelsye Nelson will present a webinar on creating a strong online presence for artists, including the basics of developing a social media strategy and tips on effective websites. Artist Trust at Large presenters are hosting "watching parties" around the state, at which your communities will get together, watch the webinar, and have a discussion around marketing. Afterwards, artists have an opportunity to mingle and get to know their peers! 

How to Build Your Audience Online Workshop in Olympia on January 30
Artist Trust, Olympia / How to Build Your Audience Online Workshop

January 30, 2016

Art House Designs
420 Franklin St SE
Olympia, WA

Looking to expand your audience? Refine your online brand? Tap into new markets for your work? Join Kelsye Nelson as she teaches artists of all disciplines how to effectively navigate the marketing world and optimize your social media presence. 

Kelsye Nelson is an author and publishing professional. She teaches the Business of Digital Publishing course at the University of Washington and is the founder of Avasta Press. She's also the co-founder and former CEO of Writer.ly, an online marketplace that connects writers to publishing professionals. Nelson helps authors across genres publish their books, offering invaluable experience in launch strategy, publishing on various platforms, marketing, and author platform building.

REGISTER ASAP! This workshop is expected to fill quickly. 

Artist Trust members: $30, non-members $35

Fellowship Applications Close January 11; Webinar January 5
Jan HopkinsOh Eleanor.  Grapefruit peel, cantaloupe peel, ginkgo leaves, ostrich shell beads, cedar bark and waxed linen. 30 1/2" x 28" x 12," 2012. photo: Ken Rowe.
Applications for Artist Trust Fellowships will close on January 11, 2016 so apply today! 
Fellowships provide $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability. The Fellowship is a merit-based award. Recipients present a Meet the Artist event to a community in Washington State that has little or no access to art or the artist's work. The 2016 disciplines are: Craft, Literary, Media and Music Arts. 
In addition to 14 Fellowship recipients, two artists each in the craft and media categories will receive a one-month residency at The Millay Colony of the Arts in upstate New York and a $1,000 stipend.
Be sure to check out our online webinar on January 5 at 6pm for grant application tips! We'll also be holding office hours for applicants to come in and ask questions. Email katy@artisttrust.org for more details. 

For more information and an application click here.
And read all about our 2015 Fellowship recipients here.  
Applications for Literary EDGE for Artists Close January 11
Dennis Bensie, 2014 Lit EDGE Graduate reading at Elliott Bay Books for Final Presentation. Photo: Joe Iano
Literary artists are encouraged to apply to the 2016 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists. 

The application deadline is soon, January 11, so apply today!

EDGE for Literary Artists will take place in Port Townsend March 13-20, 2016.

The EDGE Program provides artists with 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 focuses on supplying artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals and with the opportunity to develop peer support and exchange.
Open to emerging or mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

For more information and an application click here.
Twining Humber Award Applications Now Open
Anne Hirondelle, Tumble 6,  stoneware, paint, 10" x 9.25" x 8", 2007. photo_ Frank Ross.
Applications for the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award are now open!
The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award given annually to a Washington State self-identified woman visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 or more years of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to the arts. This award is made possible by a generous gift to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund from the late Yvonne Twining Humber.
To find more information on the life of Twining Humber and the award, click here. Application information can be found here. Information on past recipients can be found here

The application deadline is February 8.
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Michelle de la Vega, SUCCESSION Video: US THEM WE, 2015.
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads!
  • 2015 Fellowship recipient Michelle de la Vega's opening reception for SUCCESSION:The Exchange Project, will be on January 7 from 6-8pm at Gallery 4Culture. SUCCESSION: The Exchange Project is a multidisciplinary installation that creates exchanges between the arts and homeless communities in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle. 
  • 2014 James W. Ray Venture Project Awards recipient Cris Bruch's exhibition of new work titled Others Who Were Here, will open January 30 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and continue through March 27, 2016.
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:

  • January 9-10: FEAST Arts Center Grand Opening:  It's the grand opening of the Feast Arts Center in Tacoma.  There will be mini-workshops: printmaking, drawing, and more! 
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:

2016 Benefit Art Auction: Sponsorships & Catalog Ads

Akio Takamori, Adam and Eve, Porcelainous Stoneware.
Are you are you a business owner who loves art and is passionate about supporting your local community? Do you know any local businesses that could benefit from marketing to hundreds of artists, art collectors, and community leaders? 
There are various levels of sponsorship that can work with your budget, providing fantastic perks and benefits, along with recognition at the event, on collateral, and through our marketing and outreach channels. Or you can take out an ad in the auction catalog, bringing your business or organization to a wide audience of artists and supporters.
For a full list of sponsorship levels and benefits, and catalog ad options, contact Cristina Friday.
Join Our Team! 
We are looking for volunteers for our 2016 Benefit Art Auction! Volunteers are an integral part of Artist Trust's annual Benefit Art Auction - and we would love to have you join our team! Help us raise funds to directly support Artist Trust's grant programs and professional resources.

We're also seeking a Programs Intern! Internships at Artist Trust are more than making coffee or copies; we view our interns as the next generation of leaders in arts management and do our best to offer substantive opportunities for professional development and growth.
Interested? Apply today

Be in Touch
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Take care, and keep in touch!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
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