For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520
Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation today announced the selection of four artists who will each spend two months in Alaska as part of the 2014-15 Artist Residency Program.
The goals of the Rasmuson Foundation 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 selected for the program are:
Elizabeth Emery, a printmaker and sculptor in Cleveland, OH, will be in residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. Her goal is to finish a drawing a day and create a community print project. (Nominated by Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH)
John W. Love, Jr., an interdisciplinary artist in Charlotte, NC, will be at the Anchorage Museum. His plans include “unpredictable connections and unabashed exploration minus any preconceived outcome.” (Nominated by McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC)
Ati Maier, a visual artist and sculptor in Brooklyn, NY, will go to the Native Art Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her work will involve Alaska Native artists and their culture. (Nominated by Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM, in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts)
Dipika Guha, a playwright in New York City, will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka. She plans to use the silence and nature of Sitka to continue writing a play and begin a book for a musical. (Nominated by Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA)
Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. We believe that an artist’s energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection.
With these guiding principles in mind, Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program last year, which brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska and sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 for 60-day residencies. Alaska artists selected for the program will be announced soon.
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 Alaskans.