Four artists from Alaska selected to spend eight weeks in residence at Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Aleesha Towns-Bain, (907) 334-0509

December 13, 2016

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation announced today the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program.

About the Artist Residency Program
Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which supports eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations and welcomes accomplished artists from Outside to Alaska organizations. The goals of the Artist Residency Program are to support the creative growth of Alaska’s artists and arts organizations, expose Alaskans to new work and creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introduce Lower 48 communities to unique Alaska perspectives through extended engagements with artists.

The Artists
Michael ContiMichael Conti is a photographer, mixed media and video artist based in Anchorage. He will be in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Conti earned a BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. In 2016 he mounted a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. His video work has been shown at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea and ContainR at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. It has also garnered awards at the Anchorage International Film Festival. Conti received an Individual Project Award from Rasmuson Foundation in both 2006 and 2015 and a Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation in 2011. He teaches printmaking, photography and video art at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson will be in residency at McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. For the past fifteen years. Ms. Johnson has trusted her intuition, creativity and artistic tendencies in order to maintain an active and engaging art career. She was born in Charlotte, NC and raised in the South. She has lived in Colorado, Montana, Washington and Alaska and has spent seasons in Finland and Japan. Transition and unfamiliarity have become recurring themes in her work. Johnson received a BS in Sociology at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Her interest in combining visual expression with her questions regarding individual and cultural social patterns first motivated her to pursue an art practice. Johnson received a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder with concentrations in photography and ceramics. In 2007 she received an MFA from the University of Washington ceramics program. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT; Centrum in Port Townsend, WA; The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; and Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland. Johnson was a 2014 Individual Artist Award recipient.

Susanna J. Mishler will spend two months in residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California. Ms. Mishler’s collection of poems, Termination Dust (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press), was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop and an Alaska Literary Award from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. She lives in Anchorage and earns her living as an electrician.

Jacinthe TwoBulls Jacinthe TwoBulls will be in residence at Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Ms. TwoBulls weaves cedar bark, spruce roots, nettles, maidenhair fern and wool. Her basketry celebrates the subtle beauty of nature. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM; Washington State History Museum, in Tacoma, WA; and the Roxanne Swentzell Tower Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Born in Ketchikan, TwoBulls was raised in Hydaburg, Alaska. She is of the Stáas’taas clan of the Haida Nation and her crests include eagle, beaver, sculpin, and frog. TwoBulls learned the art of Haida basketry from her mother, Vicki LeCornu. At the age of seven she wove her first cedar bark basket with yarn twining. TwoBulls learned the art of Haida form-line and woodcarving from her father, Adrian LeCornu and applied Haida form-line to baskets with paint and false embroidery. In 2016, she received an Individual Artist Award. She continues to work on innovative and sustainable textiles in Hydaburg.

About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaska.