The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. The 2016 Award will recognize an outstanding literary artist working in fiction.


Applicants must be:

  • An individual literary artist working in fiction;
  • A Washington State resident at the time of application through payment in December 2016;
  • 18 years of age or older by September 12, 2016.
Applicants may not be:
  • A graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of September 12, 2016;
  • A recipient of an AT GAP or Fellowship from 2011-2015; a previous recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist, Arts Innovator, or Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award; a recipient of more than one AT grant in a calendar year;
  • Current Artist Trust staff, Board members, Committee members, consultants, Storyteller Award panelists, or their immediate family. Current employees or family members of Gar LaSalle.
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Ends on 10/17/2016

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 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


Sonja Roach, Development Manager | 206/467-8734 x16