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 in 2 days, 4 hours
Congratulations on graduating from the EDGE program! Now, we need you to send us some info along with a biography and images that we can use to build your personal Artist Profile on our website. PROFILE MATERIALS ARE DUE OCTOBER 17 BY 11:59PM. 

To set up your Artist Profile, please submit:
  • a brief biography, written in the third person
  • a head shot, with photography credits
  • up to 3 work sample images, with photography credits
Formatting directions in form below.

P.S. You can always email us if you want to update any of your profile information.