The Frye Art Museum announced David Shields, Alison Bremner and Storme Webber as the recipients of the 2015 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award and James W. Ray Venture Project Awards. Now in their second year and funded for five years through support from the Raynier Institute and Foundation, the awards are given to Washington-based artists and writers to continue their work and are administered by the Frye Art Museum and the Artist Trust Consortium.
The James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award was awarded to author David Shields with a $50,000 grant. Shields’ works include the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Black Planet.
The 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Awards were granted to artist Alison Bremner and poet/performer Storme Webber with amounts of $15,000 each. These awards go towards individual and collaborative work. Alison Bremner has a wide background in painting, sculpture, jewelry and digital collage. As an Alaskan native, she plans to carve a ten-foot totem pole in Yakutat, Alaska with help from artist and carver David Boxley. Storme Webber has an impressive background as a poet, playwright, educator and artist. Noirish Lesbiana utilizes several of her talents in an installation of noir aesthetics that explore Seattle’s multicultural queer past.
All three artists will have their works displayed through the Frye Art Museum in the coming year. Congratulations to all of the recipients.