Good news for art/artists: The Raynier Institute & Foundation has awarded $1.1 million to the Artist Trust / Frye Art Museum Consortium for two awards and an exhibition, with the aim of supporting Washington state artists. The announcement of the first awards is expected to be made in early 2014.
–The James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award will recognize artists in all disciplines. One grant of $50,000 will be awarded annually from 2014-18 “with the intention of freeing artists to advance their creative work.”
–The James W. Ray Venture Project Award will give two grants of $15,000 each annually from 2014-18 to support artists in all disciplines whose “work demonstrates exceptional originality.”
–The Raynier Foundation Exhibitions will be of works by Washington state artists, exhibited and curated by the Frye Art Museum from 2014-18, and will be documented in three Raynier Foundation publications.
The Raynier Institute & Foundation was founded in 1994 by Seattle resident James Widener Ray, a colorful Capitol Hill denizen and artist who opened Eagle Eye Gallery & Emporium Ltd. — and inherited $38 million — in the early 1990s. He died in 2005. His foundation supports nonprofits serving animal welfare, arts and culture, education, the environment and health care and human services.