Art Market, the Brooklyn-based company administering this weekend's inaugural Seattle Art Fair, promised to give the proceeds of its VIP Patron reception to Seattle nonprofit Artist Trust—even if nobody showed up. Artist Trust is getting $30,000 this weekend, guaranteed.
"I think it really speaks volumes of their commitment to this area," Artist Trust director Shannon Roach-Halberstadt told me yesterday. "It's so fantastic. The money will go directly to individual artists in all disciplines across the state."
(Tickets did sell, luckily.)
Artist Trust is seen as the clearinghouse for funding local artists rather than organizations; both public and private money is still more likely to be funneled through museums, theaters, and other agencies.
Check out some of those who benefit from Artist Trust funds at the big group exhibition FEAT 2015, a satellite to the fair that features some of the winners of the 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship, curated by June Sekiguchi (whose work is above; more images on the jump).
The other big satellite exhibition is Out of Sight, which I write about in today's paper.
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