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Grants + Awards + Residencies

Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Artist Trust grants range from project funds and major merit awards to residencies across the United States. Recipients are selected by peer panels consisting 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. Arts Innovator Awards Details
  6. James W. Ray Venture Project Awards Details
  7. James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Details
  8. The Millay Colony for the Arts Residencies Details
  9. 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:
60
Amount Awarded:
Up to $1,500
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:

April 3, 2015

Application Deadline:
May 18, 2015 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
Ever since being awarded an Artist Trust GAP...I've been having a lot more success with my work. So, thank you!

—Grants for Artist Projects Recipient Patrick Parr

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
A practicing artist; 18 years of age or older by the application deadline date; and a resident of Washington State. See guidelines for more information.
Who is NOT Eligible:
A graduate or undergraduate matriculated student after the application deadline date; current Artist Trust Board of Trustees, committee member, staff, consultant, contractor or their immediate family; 2015 GAP Selection Panel; or a GAP recipient in the past three years.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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Fellowships

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. In addition to 14 Fellowship recipients, one artist each in the Visual and Cross-Disciplinary Arts (for 2015) will receive a one-month residency at The Millay Colony of the Arts in upstate New York and a $1,000 stipend.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
16
Amount Awarded:
14 $7,500 Fellowships and 2 residencies with $1,000 stipends at The Millay Colony of the Arts.
Frequency:
Annual. 2015: Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Visual, and Traditional & Folk Arts. 2016: Music, Media, Literary, and Craft Arts.
Application Available:
December 5, 2014
Application Deadline:
January 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
Thank you so much for your big support! Receiving such an honor, it really makes me feel confident of what I am doing.

—Fellowship Recipient Mari Ichimasu

Eligible Disciplines:
Fellowships are awarded by discipline cycles. 2015: Performing, Visual, and Traditional & Folk Arts. 2016: Music, Media, Literary and Craft Arts.
Who is Eligible:
A practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, and a resident of Washington State. See guidelines for more information.
Who is NOT Eligible:
A graduate or undergraduate matriculated student after the deadline date; current Artist Trust Board of Trustees, Honorary Committee, staff, consultants, contractors or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select 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. Must have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of conductive, creative discourse; effects on 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 Available:
July 2015
Application Deadline:
August 2015
Submission Address:
4Culture
For me, winning this grant means a lot in terms of recognition. It's a recognition of a commitment to growing my community, and in that sense it serves as a spur to more action. So often we talk about what an award does for us, but I think Su was more interested in pointing a finger to the work that we as artists do for others. The Conductive Garboil Grant is a reminder that my sphere of influence goes beyond my art-making and into all of my relations. My only wish is that there could be more awards like this every year so that message could continue to get out there.

—Conductive Garboil Grant Recipient Christian French

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.

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
$10,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
January 5, 2015
Application Deadline:
February 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Submission Address:
Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
[This Award] is deeply confirming: in its recognition of one’s life work as a whole, and also in its provision of unrestricted funds. This Award makes it possible for me to fulfill some long held dreams that may seem quite tangential to making art, but in the larger picture are very essential nutrients to the growth of life and art. Thank you, Artist Trust! A new chapter is now opening along my journey.

—Twining Humber Award Recipient Claudia Fitch

Eligible Disciplines:
Visual Art
Who is Eligible:
Any United States resident may nominate an artist who meets the eligibility requirements. Nominees must be a Washington State resident, female, minimum age 60, and have a minimum 25-year record of creating art.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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Arts Innovator Awards

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

Type of Award:
Merit-based
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
$25,000
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
May 22, 2015
Application Deadline:
July 6, 2015 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
Looks like I have five books (and perhaps as many as four films based on two of these books and two previous books) coming out over the next couple of years. People ask me what’s the matter with me—how could I possibly be producing so much work? I come up with various answers (I’m a workaholic, some of the books are collaborations and others were many years in the works, I drink too much coffee, I don’t sleep, I have no hobbies, etc., etc.), but really it’s two words: Artist Trust. I couldn’t be more indebted or grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

—Arts Innovator Award Recipient David Shields

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
A practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, minimum of five years in professional art practice, and a resident of Washington State. See guidelines for more information.
Who is NOT Eligible:
A graduate or undergraduate matriculated student after the application; current Artist Trust Board of Trustees, Honorary Committee, consultants, contractors or their immediate family.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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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. They 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 Available:
October 3, 2014
Application Deadline:
November 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
I am deeply honored to receive [this award.] It comes at a time when the support is especially welcome and needed, and will allow me to explore the themes that inspire my current work. When I first read of the James W. Ray Awards, I was gratified to know that new and substantive financial support would be available to Washington artists, never dreaming that I would be among the recipients in its inaugural year.

—James W. Ray Venture Projects Award Recipient Chris Bruch

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Only authorized nominators will submit artist names.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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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 to a Washington State artist of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. The 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 Available:
October 3, 2014
Application Deadline:
November 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
Unbelievable, I am so grateful for this affirmation and these new possibilities. Thanks so much to Artist Trust, the Frye Art Museum, and the Raynier Foundation!

—James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Recipient Jessika Kenney

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
Only authorized nominators will submit artist names. You cannot request to be nominated.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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The Millay Colony for the Arts Residencies

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. Recipients are chosen from Fellowship applications.

Type of Award:
Residency
Number of Awards:
2
Amount Awarded:
One-month residency plus $1,000 stipend.
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
December 5, 2014. See Fellowship guidelines.
Application Deadline:
January 20, 2015. See Fellowship guidelines.
Submission Address:
Apply online at www.callforentry.org. Visit the site and enter your profile today. Then wait for the available application.
The gift of time is the greatest gift that a writer can receive. A month at the Millay Colony will give me the time and concentration that I need to complete a draft of my second novel. As an emerging author moving into the next stages of her career, this kind of progress is essential to help me press forward in my work and to continue building my reputation in the writing world.

—The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Recipient Susan V. Meyers

Eligible Disciplines:
2015: Visual and Cross-Disciplinary. 2016: Music and Literary.
Who is Eligible:
See Fellowship guidelines.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select recipients.
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Centrum Residency

Artist Trust partners with Centrum, located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA, which provides residencies for artists from around the world. Recipients are chosen from Grants for Artist Projects applications.

Type of Award:
Residency
Number of Awards:
1
Amount Awarded:
One-month residency plus $500 stipend.
Frequency:
Annual
Application Available:
April 3, 2015. See GAP guidelines.
Application Deadline:
May 18, 2015. See GAP guidelines.
Submission Address:
See GAP guidelines.
This was the most valuable grant that I could have received because it awarded time. At Centrum, free from social obligations and financial pressures, I was granted more access to my brain and to my heart than I realized was possible. My residency...shifted what I realized I was capable of and clarified what I needed as an artist. For that I will be forever grateful.

—Centrum Residency Recipient Corinne Manning

Eligible Disciplines:
All
Who is Eligible:
See GAP guidelines.
Panel Information:
A panel of artists and arts professionals within and outside Washington State select finalists. From the finalists, Artist Trust selects the recipient.
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