Lead Pencil Studio
Jennifer Zeyl (Theater)
James Longley (Film)
On the Boards
The Stranger's Genius Awards allow us to unabashedly rain praise on local artists and writers doing smart, original work. We investigate and profile noteworthy emerging artists and—most importantly—elevate four rising stars (one each working in film, literature, visual art, and performance) and one arts organization to Genius status. The Genius crown comes with a no-strings-attached $5,000 grant and a gala awards party in the winners' honor. The money is meant to encourage and promote art, and to thank the artists and organizations that make this town vibrant. The winners are free to use the money however they like: to pay bills, stage a play, or for a mind-expanding trip to Brazil.
At the event, the fresh crop of Geniuses are toasted at an all-out bash—with, booze, music, beautiful people, and a big helping of rowdy. A private awards ceremony and reception precedes the public opening. Previous venues include Consolidated Works (2003), Western Bridge (2004), and Seattle Art Museum (2005).
Here's a look at all the past Genius Winners—an impressive group of creative brains: