For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation today announced the selection of four artists from the Lower 48 who will each spend eight weeks this fall at arts organizations in Alaska as part of the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program.

Lower 48 artists selected for the program are:

Amy Casey, a painter from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in residence at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. She was nominated by Zygote Press. She describes her work as “landscapes without land” and is interested in the work and organization behind the creation and evolution of cities. She plans to explore the ways nature has been gradually appearing in her work.

Kimi Eisele is a writer and performance artist from Tucson, Arizona, who will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka. She was nominated by Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She plans to accomplish significant progress on a short story collection, reflect on and write about two recent performance projects, and collaborate with Sitkans to explore stories of place, ecology, and community.

Samantha Hill, an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago, was nominated by McColl Center for Art + Innovation for a residency at the Anchorage Museum. She collects oral narratives of a community and develops them into multi-media installations and performance projects for community interaction. She plans to develop an installation project inspired by narratives from Alaska communities.

Cannupa Hanska Luger works mainly in ceramic mixed media and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will be in residence at the Native Art Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks and was nominated by Santa Fe Art Institute in cooperation with the Institute of American Indian Arts. He plans to produce new artworks for a solo exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Arts based on the concept of the thread and the bead while interacting with the Fairbanks and UAF community.

Through its grantmaking strategies, Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes that an artist’s energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection.

Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 and brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska each year for 60-day residencies. 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.

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.