Gather: An Artist Trust Celebration

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Hugo House

1634 11th Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

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Please note: Tickets for this event have ended, but tickets will still be available at the registration table tonight. Thanks.

The Artist Trust Board of Trustees invites you to celebrate a year of supporting Washington State artists!

Please join our board, staff, artists, supporters, and community members as we raise a glass to this year's grant recipients and honor our generous friend Paul Rucker with the 2019 Creative Catalyst Award!

Featuring:

- A keynote by Humaira Abid, 2019 Arts Innovator Award recipient

- Live performance by Trio Guadalevin, with Antonio Gomez, 2018 James W. Ray Venture Project Award recipient

- Remarks by Artist Trust CEO Shannon Halberstadt

- A toast to the recipients of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist and Venture Project Awards, the 2018 LaSalle Storyteller Award, and the 2019 Arts Innovator Awards, Twining Humber and Support for Old Lady Artists (SOLA) Awards, Fellowship, and Grants for Artist Projects (GAP). Keep an eye out for the full list of this year's GAP recipients, announced on October 21st!

Program begins promptly at 7pm. Admission with sliding scale donation of $15 to $250, $10 for members. Proceeds benefit Artist Trust's grants and programs for individual artists across Washington State. Hosted bar and refreshments provided (donations graciously accepted). If you are a current member or 2019 grant recipient, email us for your discount code.



Four-time Artist Trust grant recipient Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician, who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. In addition to his own storied career, Paul is a tireless advocate for individual artists and a long-time supporter of Artist Trust. We are honored to have the support of the artists we serve, and proud to recognize Paul as this year’s Creative Catalyst.

Humaira Abid picks up ordinary images from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Her basic interest is situations in ‘relationships’ and their after effects. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Her themes are timeless. The presentation is contemporary. She turns, carves, constructs in wood and combines it with different mediums with great skill and detailing. Humaira is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, symposiums and workshops She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards and grants, including Artist Trust's 2019 Arts Innovator Award, 2015 Fellowship, and 2014 GAP Award.

Born in South Texas to a Chicano activist and an Italian American VISTA volunteer, Antonio Gomez moved often growing up. Music and language became constant companions in decoding ever-changing cultural ecologies between South Texas, the Bay Area, and Tucson. This trajectory formed his calling to develop cultural dialogue and empathy. Tony specializes in not belonging anywhere, but making friends everywhere. Mestizaje – a mixed identity formed at the intersection of cultures – shapes his work as a musician, curator, educator, and producer. Having studied on four continents, he plays Afro-Latin, Mediterranean, and Arabic percussion. Previously a K12 teacher, he has served as an educator and curriculum writer for public television and is now the Education Manager at Tacoma Arts Live. Being a working musician is indivisible from being educator, an arts administrator, and a parent. The same heart that draws him to teach compels him to speak through the drum.


Image credit: Asia Tail, 2019 Vadon Foundation Native Artist Fellowship Recipient, Through To (detail), 2017.

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