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Artist Trust makes grant awards to four Spokane-area artists

Four Spokane artists have won 2017 Grants for Artist Projects awards from Artist Trust, the statewide nonprofit that supports artists throughout Washington. Three of the local $1,500 GAP award winners are visual artists – May Kytonen, Jonathan Adamshaspert, and Shawn Brigman – and one, Dylan Nelson, won in the media arts category.

Artist Trust CEO Shannon Halberstadt and Spokane program coordinator Anne-Claire Mitchell will hold a happy hour Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at Black Label Brewing Company, 19 W. Main Ave., in the Saranac Commons, to celebrate the artists and inform the public about upcoming Artist Trust programs.

Kytonen, whose work has appeared in the Chase Gallery in City Hall and in Spokane International Airport, grew up within a blend of Taiwanese and European American cultural traditions. Much of her paper-sculpture work explores multi-ethnic identity, strength within fragility, and connection. She will use her GAP award to spin newspaper into yarn to create a series of panels for an art installation called “Close Divide” at Spokane’s Saranac Art Projects.

Adamshaspert is a photographer and platinum printmaker who formerly served as a Navy corpsman during the war in Iraq. Adamshaspert will use his GAP funding to make 45 11-by-14-inch prints from the body of work collectively titled “Sandbox Silence: Memories of Sand.” The project – a perspective of war through the lens of unseen moments between firefights – is intended to form an educational bridge of dialogue between veterans and the communities in which they live.

Brigman is an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians who has practiced traditional artisanship aimed at ancestral recovery efforts in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia for the past 13 years. His GAP award will go to the recovery of paddle design and carving during the fall and winter of 2017. These paddle designs will then be shared with communities by physically transporting, displaying, and “brushing the water” in sturgeon nose canoes at festivals, youth programs, schools, and community events.

Nelson is a Spokane native and Eastern Washington University student who created an original podcast last year called “Ranking the Kingdom.” The GAP grant will help fund the audio podcast and expand its reach in video form on YouTube. Based out of Spokane, “Ranking the Kingdom” is a show in which Nelson researches and reviews a different animal each week, and then provides a score out of 100 based on that information.


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