Ends on November 14, 2016
The Artist Trust (AT) Arts Innovator Award (AIA) recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. This unrestricted award of $25,000 is given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries of their respective fields.

Funding for the award is generously donated by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation. Dale recalls receiving grants that supported experimentation early in his career, adding credibility, opening doors, and enabling new connections for him as an artist. Today Dale remembers the importance of this support, and he and Leslie would like to help artists in a similar way.


Applicants must be:

  • 18 years of age or older by November 14, 2016;
  • A Washington State resident at the time of application through payment in February 2017;
  • Generative artists (those who are the originators of works of art) with a minimum of five years in professional art practice; and
  • Available for finalist interviews on January 19, 2017. Applicants who will not be interviewed as finalists will be notified on January 16, 2017.
Applicants may not be:
  • A graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of November 14, 2016;
  • A recipient of more than one AT grant in a calendar year;
  • A previous recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Award; 
  • Current AT staff, Board members, Committee members, consultants, AIA panelists, or their immediate family; 
  • Affiliated with Chihuly Studio, Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, Portland Press, or family of Dale or Leslie Chihuly.
Use Artist Trust as a Resource!

  • Schedule a consultation during Open Office Hours:
  • Join us for an AIA Webinar on October 6, free online;
  • Submit by October 17 and request preliminary review;
  • Come to us with questions! 

  • Owen David Program Coordinator: Grants to Artists
    owen@artisttrust.org | 206/467-8734 x14

    Katy Hannigan Artist Liaison
    katy@artisttrust.org | 206/467-8734 x25

Ends on October 17, 2016

FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Artist Trust invites you to envision the future with us at our 2017 Benefit Art Auction. With a newly launched strategic plan embracing and enacting the values of openness, transparency, responsiveness, and forward-thinking, we are focused on what's next for our organization and artists in Washington State. What does the future mean to you? What’s the future of our local arts identity? In your personal practice, what's coming next?

Artist Trust invites visual and jewelry artists to submit up to three works to be considered for inclusion in the auction. Inspiration from our theme - the future - in choosing works to submit is encouraged, but not required.

The Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction audience is comprised of professionals from respected non-profit, government, and corporate entities, new and seasoned art collectors, emerging and established artists, and cultural philanthropists. Our aim is to present your best work.

Artwork will be juried on the following criteria:
· Quality, originality, and currency of work
· Audience appeal and salability
· Size for ease of transport and installation
· $500 to $4,500 retail value

Artists are welcome to submit works outside these parameters - exceptions to be made on a case-by-case basis. A jury of accomplished collectors, gallerists, and curators will choose works. Recent jurors include: Tim Detweiler, Paula Stokes, Marita Dingus, Edie Adams, Stefano Catalani, Bryan Ohno, Sarah Traver, Chris Weber, Cathy Casteel, Miriam Works, Phen Huang, Francine Seders, and many more. Jury will be announced September 30. 


· Visibility of artwork, bio, and website to the auction jury and audience, plus social media and email promotion for selected works
· One free artist ticket to attend the auction ($250 value includes seated dinner and all-night drinks) –OR– 20% commission on sold art and $50 artist ticket
· One $100 guest ticket ($250 value)
· Auction orientation and networking workshop and happy hour with Artist Trust staff
· A one-year Artist Trust membership ($45 value), which provides savings on Artist Trust business practice programs and discounts at regional arts businesses and museums
· Infinite gratitude from Artist Trust’s staff and board and the thousands of artists we serve each year


· October 17, 2016 | Submission deadline
· November 1, 2016 | Jury
· November 7, 2016 | Selection notifications
· January 27, 2017 | Drop-off and RSVP deadline
· February 8, 2017 | Workshop and happy hour
· February 25, 2017 | Auction


Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of business practices training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at www.artisttrust.org.


Sonja Roach, Development Manager
sonja@artisttrust.org | 206/467-8734 x16