2014 Artists of the Year

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke


Twelve locals who made major waves in the last 12 months.

Clockwise from top left:

Perfume Genius unleashed intense pop perfection with his gay-forward album Too Bright.

Mindie Lind championed Cripp Culture, fronted her band Inly and opened for Lena Dunham.

Ben DeLaCreme won the nation’s heart on Rupaul’s Drag Race and grew the DeLouRue empire with Lou Henry Hoover & Kitten LaRue, who performed alongside Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett amid an international touring schedule.

Amy O’Neal fused b-boying with contemporary dance in Opposing Forces, furthering her indispensable presence in American performance.

Aaron Huey photographed Sherpas on Mt. Everest for National Geographic and collaborated with Shepard Fairey on “Protect the Sacred.”

Susie Lee feminized online dating with her app Siren.

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes pushed boundaries and buttons in Your Feast Has Ended at the Frye and won a prestigious Neddy at Cornish award.

Michael Seiwerath realized his latest city-shaping undertaking with 12th Avenue Arts.

Jerry Manning illuminated the everlasting depth of his legacy with his death on April 30.

Andrew Russell staged an affecting Angels in America, proving that Intiman is here to stay.

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