2015 Artists of the Year

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke


Ten local luminaries who made a big splash in the last 12 months.  

From left: Greg Lundgren organized the massive—and massively successful—Out of Sight exhibition of Northwest art at King Street Station. Emmett Montgomery continued his run of “Weird and Awesome” and competed on Last Comic Standing. Justin Huertas premiered and starred in his superhero rock musical Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep. Jodi Ecklund refined the programming at Chop Suey and saved a beloved music venue from disaster. Courtney Sheehan merged artistry and activism with her inspired programming at Northwest Film Forum. Julia Shapiro punked the patriarchy with new albums from her bands Chastity Belt and Childbirth. Yonnas Getahun encouraged arts participation via the COLLECT bus, co-curated the Capitol Hill PSA campaign and catalogued a year of literary recordings for Porchlit. Grace Love was crowned Seattle’s reigning Queen of Soul. Molly Sides tore up stages with her band Thunderpussy, starred in Glimmer at ACT and continued her Trigger: New Dance Happenings. Ahamefule J. Oluo released a monumental double-album with Industrial Revelation, shared an unforgettable story on This American Life and secured a spot in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival for his autobiographical experimental pop opera Now I’m Fine.