Individual Artist Awards

Grants to artists to support the time, reflection, immersion or experimentation beneficial to the development of their artistry.


Foundation announces 2022 Individual Artist Awardees

One artist will work on her technique sewing sea otter fur. Another will make an interactive virtual reality film to include experiences of temperature and smell. They are among 37 Individual Artist Award recipients named by Rasmuson Foundation in 2022.


And the 2022 Distinguished Artist is …

Rasmuson Foundation has named documentary photographer James H. Barker of Fairbanks the 2022 Distinguished Artist. The award, which includes $40,000, honors a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contribution to the state’s arts and culture.

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‘Take the risk’

Artist Kristin DeSmith remembers valued advice from a teacher, who challenged her to allow space to fail. The Foundation is accepting applications for 2022 Individual Artist Awards through March 1. DeSmith was a 2019 awardee.


Who will be the next Distinguished Artist?

Do you know an outstanding Alaska creative individual? Help us find the next Distinguished Artist! Rasmuson Foundation offers one $40,000 award annually to a mature Alaska artist recognized as among the best in their field.


2021 Individual Artist Awardees revealed

Thirty-five artist awardees from 21 Alaska communities were selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants by a national panel of artists and creative community leaders from outside of Alaska. Many of the awardees had never applied before.

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