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Grants + Awards + Residencies

Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Grants range from project grants and major merit awards to residencies in the Northwest and abroad. Recipients are determined by peer panels of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest. See more opportunities

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  1. Grants for Artist Projects Details
  2. Fellowships Details
  3. Conductive Garboil Grant Details
  4. Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Details
  5. James W. Ray Venture Project Awards Details
  6. Arts Innovator Awards Details
  7. James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Details
  8. Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Details
  9. Photo Center Northwest Residency Details
  10. Centrum Residency Details

Grants for Artist Projects

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline.

Type of Award
Project-based
Number of Awards
50
Amount awarded
Up to $1,500
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date

March 7, 2014

Application Deadline
April 14, 2014, 10:59pm
Submission Address
Apply online at www.callforentry.org
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
...I finally have time to pursue my work as a studio artist, something that was very difficult for me to do with a full-time job. The grant gives me support and confidence to continue my work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

—GAP Recipient Ann Chadwick Reid

Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
1) A practicing artist, defined as one who is dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis; 2) 18 years of age or older by April 14, 2014; 3) A resident of Washington State at the time of application and when the award is issued (October 2014).
Who is NOT eligible
1) A graduate or undergraduate matriculated student enrolled in any degree program after April 15, 2014; 2) A current board member, honorary committee member, staff or consultant for Artist Trust, or their immediate family members; 3) A member of the 2014 GAP Selection Panel; 4) A recipient of a 2011, 2012 or 2013 GAP.
Panel info
A panel of artists and arts professionals from around Washington State select GAP recipients.
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Fellowships

Fellowships award $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. The Fellowship is a merit-based, not a project-based award. Recipients present a Meet the Artist Event to a community in Washington State that has little or no access to the artist and their work. In 2014, in addition to 14 Fellowship recipients, one artist each in the Literary and Music disciplines will receive a one-month residency at the Millay Colony in New York and a $1,000 stipend. Watch a free one-hour webinar on applying to the Fellowship!

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
16
Amount awarded
14 $7,500 Fellowships; 2 residencies with $1,000 stipends at the Millay Colony
Frequency
Annual. 2014: Music, Media, Literary and Craft. 2015: Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Visual and Traditional & Folk.
Application form availability date
December 3, 2013
Application Deadline
January 13, 2014
Submission Address
Apply online at www.callforentry.org
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
As a full-time studio artist, a grant makes a profound difference in the scale, ambition, and experimental edge that I can bring to the work.

—Fellowship recipient Beth Cavener Stichter

Eligible disciplines
Fellowships are awarded in two-year cycles: Music, Media, Literary and Craft disciplines are awarded in even-numbered years (2014). Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Visual and Traditional & Folk Arts Fellowships are awarded in odd-numbered years (2015).
Who is eligible
Applicants must be a practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, a generative artist, and a resident of Washington State at the time of application and when the award is granted. See application for more information on eligibility.
Who is NOT eligible
1) Applicants may NOT be a graduate or undergraduate matriculated student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date or when the award is granted; 2) Current Artist Trust staff, Board members, Honorary Committee members, consultants, or their immediate family members.
Panel info
A selection panel of three artists and arts professionals in each discipline select the Fellowship recipients.
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Conductive Garboil Grant

An annual award for Seattle artists of all disciplines who have a connection to the Pioneer Square neighborhood and have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of conductive creative discourse and its effects on our society, pushing the creative act beyond the accepted limits, definitions or purposes of art while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex. This grant is administered by The Estate of Su Job, 4Culture and Artist Trust.

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
1
Amount awarded
$3,000
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
July 14, 2014
Application Deadline
August 11, 2014 (5pm)
Submission Address
4Culture
I'm thrilled to be the grantee, it means a lot — the peer recognition as much as the financial reward.

—Conductive Garboil Grant recipient Kelly Lyles

Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
Seattle artists of all disciplines who have a connection to the Pioneer Square neighborhood
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Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement is an unrestricted award given annually to a Washington State female 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 visual arts. This award is made possible by a generous gift from Yvonne Twining Humber to the Artist Trust Endowment Fund. Learn more about the work and legacy of Yvonne Twining Humber. Watch a free webinar on applying to the THA.

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
1
Amount awarded
$10,000
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
October 15, 2013
Application Deadline
December 16, 2013
Submission Address
Artist Trust 1835 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
When affirmation comes along I am buoyed and encouraged to press on. And press on, I will.

—Twining Humber Award Recipient Anne Hirondelle

Eligible disciplines
Visual art
Who is eligible
Nominees must be a Washington State resident, female, age 60 or older, and have a minimum 25-year record of creating art. Any U.S. resident may nominate an artist who meets the eligibility requirements.
Panel info
A peer panel comprised of three visual artists and/or arts professionals select the award recipient. A two-step process is used to select the annual recipient: an open nomination, followed by a peer panel review.
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James W. Ray Venture Project Awards

The James W. Ray Venture Project Awards are two unrestricted awards of $15,000 each given annually (starting in 2014) to support artistic excellence and the development of new ideas through individual and collaborative projects. The awards recognize artists of all disciplines living and working in Washington State whose work demonstrates exceptional originality.

Type of Award
Project-based
Number of Awards
2
Amount awarded
$15,000
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
October 8, 2013
Application Deadline
November 25, 2013; 10:59pm
Submission Address
www.callforentry.org
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
You must be nominated by an authorized nominator to be eligible for this award. Nominators are selected by Artist Trust. You cannot request to be nominated.
Panel info
Evaluation of applications and selection of recipients will be performed by selection panels of arts professionals who will adjudicate, conduct site visits or interviews with finalists, and select the recipients of the James W. Ray Venture Project Awards.
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Arts Innovator Awards

The Arts Innovator Award is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists of all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. This award is funded by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
2
Amount awarded
$25,000
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
May 6, 2014
Application Deadline
June 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address
www.callforentry.org
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
Receiving the Arts Innovator Award has been an incredibly powerful experience in my life and career. On a practical level, it has profoundly enhanced my ability to focus on my work; on a personal level, I am deeply grateful for the acknowledgement the award represents.

—Dayna Hanson, 2012 Arts Innovator Award Recipient

Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
Applicants must be a practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, have a minimum of 5 years in professional art practice, and a resident of Washington State at the time of application and when the award is granted. See award guidelines for more information on eligibility.
Who is NOT eligible
1) Applicants may NOT be a graduate or undergraduate matriculated student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date or when the award is granted; 2) Current Artist Trust staff, Board members, Honorary Committee members, consultants, contractors or their immediate family members.
Panel info
Evaluation of applications and selection of recipients will be performed by selection panels of artists and arts professionals.
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James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award

The James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award is an unrestricted award of $50,000 given annually (starting in 2014) to a Washington State artist working in any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. This award is intended to help advance the creative work of outstanding individual artists; artists producing unique work through collaboration will also be considered.

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
1
Amount awarded
$50,000
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
October 8, 2013
Application Deadline
November 25, 2013; 10:59pm
Submission Address
www.callforentry.org
Guidelines PDF file
Download PDF guidelines
Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
You must be nominated by an authorized nominator to be eligible for this award. Nominators are selected by Artist Trust. You may not request to be nominated for this award.
Panel info
Evaluation of applications and selection of recipients will be performed by selection panels of arts professionals who will adjudicate, conduct site visits or interviews with finalists, and select the recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award.
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Millay Colony for the Arts Residency

Artist Trust partners with the Millay Colony for the Arts – a nonprofit artists’ residency program and artists’ center located in the spectacular Berkshire foothills of Austerlitz, New York – to provide residencies for artists. Residency recipients are chosen from Fellowship applicants.

Type of Award
Merit-based
Number of Awards
2
Amount awarded
Month-long residency + $1,000 stipend
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
December 2013; see Fellowships for information.
Application Deadline
January 13, 2014
Submission Address
Online
Eligible disciplines
Literary & Music (in 2014)
Who is eligible
Music and Literary Artists who apply for a Fellowship.
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Photo Center Northwest Residency

Artist Trust partners with Photo Center Northwest (PCNW) to provide residencies for artists. PCNW provides resources that include gallery spaces, darkrooms, studios, a digital lab and library. Residency recipients are chosen from Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipients and receive access to facilities, equipment, studios, classes/workshops, access to lectures, opportunities to exhibit, complimentary PCNW membership and more.

Type of Award
Residency
Number of Awards
1
Amount awarded
11-month residency
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
Residency recipients are chosen from the current year's Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipients. To be considered you must apply for and receive a GAP during the current year's GAP cycle.
Application Deadline
See Grants for Artist Projects for information on the GAP.
Submission Address
N/A
Eligible disciplines
Artists in any discipline who are working with photography in their practice.
Who is eligible
Residency recipients are chosen from the current year's Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipients. To be considered you must apply for and receive a GAP grant during the current year's GAP cycle.
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Centrum Residency

Artist Trust partners with Centrum – a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA – to provide residencies for artists. Residency recipients are chosen from Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipients, and receive private accommodations and access to the studios and resources at Centrum.

Type of Award
Residency
Number of Awards
2
Amount awarded
Week-long residency
Frequency
Annual
Application form availability date
N/A
Application Deadline
N/A. Residencies are discretionary awards given to GAP recipients; criteria is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Submission Address
N/A
During my time at Centrum I accomplished a great amount of work and was able to start a special commissioned painting for a client… There is something very special about this place. I’ve been inspired by the environment and the peaceful quiet moments spent reflecting on my life.

—Centrum Residency Recipient Dionne Bonner

Eligible disciplines
All
Who is eligible
Residencies are discretionary awards given to Grants for Artist Project recipients and criteria decided on a case-by-case basis.
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