Artists of Alaska: Through the eyes of 49 Writers

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Welcome to our collaboration with 49 Writers, an Alaska nonprofit organization. In this ongoing series, Alaska writers profile the Foundation's Individual Artist Award recipients. Learn what is behind the art with a glimpse into the lives of the artists. Check back regularly for more profiles.

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The Artists

Carmel Anderson

Carmel Anderson

‘The Dress Fell Down’

Profile by Amanda T. K. Compton

Earl Atchak

Earl Atchak

‘Who I Am Is Where I Am From’

Profile by Carol Richards

Everett Athorp

Everett Athorp

Rediscovering The Lost Artistry of Haida Canoes

Profile by Vera Starbard

Breezy Berryman

Breezy Berryman

Birth, Death and Renewal — Through Dance

Profile by Christina Whiting

Beth Blankenship

Beth Blankenship

Connections that Shape Our Worlds

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Marian Call

Marian Call

Making Music in the Box: A Creative Journey Off-Road

Profile by Amy O’Neill Houck

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Through | Out of | With A Poet Envisions New Forms

Profile by Jeremy Pataky

Ellen Frankenstein

Ellen Frankenstein

Going Out and Back

Profile by Dawnell Smith

Erin Gingrich

Erin Gingrich

Carving: a Subtractive Process

Profile by Carol Richards

Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Pushing Against the Dark

Profile by Nancy Lord

Lily Hudson Hope

Lily Hope

Bigger than words can say: Weaving culture, family and legacy

Profile by Amy O’Neill Houck

Gail Jackson

Gail Jackson

Power and Passion in Percussion

Profile by Samantha Davenport

Tom Kizzia

Tom Kizzia

Dear John McPhee

Profile by Julia O'Malley

Mary Beth Loewen

Mary Beth Loewen

Taking the Leap

Profile by Sara Loewen

Kandi McGilton

Kandi McGilton

Tribe One Five

Profile by Amanda T. K. Compton

Evan Phillips

Evan Phillips

‘Time: Suddenly Too Precious to Waste.’

Profile by Jonathan Bower

Sandra Stolle

Sandra Stolle

‘With Wood, You Don’t Always Know What You’ll Get’

Profile by Carol Richards

Karen Stomberg

Karen Stomberg

Tugging at Roots: Uncovering Story through Wildflowers

Profile by Erica Watson

Vanessa Sweet

Vanessa Sweet

Of Time and Tide

Profile by Dawnell Smith

Agnes Thompson

Agnes Thompson

‘Your DNA Remembers’

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Lily Tuzroyluke

Lily Tuzroyluke

‘Like Seeing a Piece of Your Heart’

Profile by Vera Starbard

Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker

When Dancers Give Everything, Can You Ask for More?

Profile by Julia O'Malley

Miranda Weiss

Miranda Weiss

In a Warming World, a Love Letter to Snow

Profile by Nancy Lord

Nathaniel Wilder

Nathaniel Wilder

5,000 Miles from Familiarity, Adventurer Discovers His Art

Profile by O'Hara Shipe

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The Writers

Jonathan Bower

Jonathan Bower

Amanda T. K. Compton

Amanda T. K. Compton

Samantha Davenport

Samantha Davenport

Amy O'Neill Houck

Amy O'Neill Houck

Sara Loewen

Sara Loewen

Julia O'Malley

Julia O'Malley

Jeremy Pataky

Jeremy Pataky

O'Hara Shipe

O'Hara Shipe

Erica Watson

Erica Watson

Christina Whiting

Christina Whiting

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About

This project pairs writers from across Alaska with recipients of the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards for profiles that reveal roots of creativity. We are so pleased to collaborate with 49 Writers on this feature. We love it when worlds come together!

Rasmuson Foundation provides grants directly to both emerging and accomplished Alaska artists through a highly competitive selection process.

49 Writers is a literary nonprofit founded to support and inspire a statewide community of Alaska writers and readers. The organization hired writers from all over Alaska for this series.

Keep checking back for additional profiles! The series begins with the 2017 awardees, then will turn to the 2018 recipients.

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