2023 Individual Artist Awardees

A near-record pool of 417 eligible artists, makers and culture bearers applied for our 2023 awards. Panels of artists and art experts from Outside Alaska evaluated works long distance and convened virtually to select 10 Fellowship and 25 Project Award recipients. The Distinguished Artist is recommended by a group of Alaska artists and art experts in a separate process.

Learn about the 2023 Individual Artist Award recipients, their art and what they are doing next.

1Distinguished Artist
10Fellowship Awards
25Project Awards

Meet the artists!

Learn more about the 2023 awardees and their art. Scroll down for mini profiles of each one. (Film by C+L Creative)

Distinguished Artist

Anna Brown Ehlers

A single $50,000 annual award honors an established artist of recognized stature with decades of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts.

For more than 30 years, Anna Brown Ehlers has been a recognized master and prolific producer of Chilkat weavings for ongoing ceremonial and cultural use. Her weavings — Chilkat robes, tunics, dancing aprons, dance leggings, bibs, and vests — are featured in the most prestigious and prolific museums worldwide and coveted for private collections. Even more important, Tlingit clans commission Ehlers for at.óowu, or communal sacred objects, fostering social and spiritual balance, or wooch yáxh.

Her weavings are danced, displayed, gifted and studied at memorial potlatches, totem pole raisings, traditional gatherings, canoe journeys and ceremonies. She is a creator of at.óowu, a master artist or aanyádi of her peoples.

Fellowship Awards

Awards of $25,000 allow mid-career or established artists, makers and culture bearers to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period of creative development.

Shgendootan George

  • Angoon
  • 2023Fellowship Folk & Traditional Arts

Tiumaluali’i Jody Marie Hassel

  • Fairbanks
  • 2023Fellowship Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Ossie Kairaiuak

  • Caputnguaq (also known as Chefornak)
  • 2023Fellowship Performance Arts

Katurte – to come together

  • Bethel and Nome
  • 2023Fellowship Folk & Traditional Arts

Darlene Lind

  • Wasilla
  • 2023Fellowship Folk & Traditional Arts

M. C. MoHagani Magnetek

  • Fairbanks
  • 2023Fellowship Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Robert K. Mills

  • Kake
  • 2023Fellowship Folk & Traditional Arts

Kathryn Rousso

  • Ketchikan
  • 2023Fellowship Crafts

Sankofa Dance Theatre – Alaska

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Fellowship Dance/Choreography

Kunaq Marjorie Tahbone

  • Nome
  • 2023Fellowship Folk & Traditional Arts

Project Awards

Awards of $10,000 support emerging, mid-career and established artists, makers and culture bearers in specific, short-term projects.

Brian Adams

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Mariza Ryce Aparicio-Tovar

  • Homer and Unalaska
  • 2023Project Award Music/Music Composition

JaVeon Brigham

  • Fairbanks
  • 2023Project Award Music/Music Composition

Lyndsey Brollini

  • Juneau
  • 2023Project Award Multidiscipline

Myesha Callahan Freet

  • Chugiak
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Jiin F. Chang

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Media Arts

Rafael de la Uz

  • Homer
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Christiana Galea’i

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Music/Music Composition

Xochiyollotl Carrow Harbison

  • Homer
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Wasabi / Sharla Hausmann

  • Point Lay / Kaltag / Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Music/Music Composition

Young Kim

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

William Kozloff

  • Palmer
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Danielle D. Larsen

  • Anchorage / King Cove / Beaver
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Kristin Link

  • McCarthy
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Alma Manabat Parker

  • Ketchikan
  • 2023Project Award Dance/Choreography

Betany Porter

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

Ashley R. Powe

  • King Cove / Fairbanks / North Pole
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Mistee St. Clair

  • Juneau / Fairbanks
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Shoko Takahashi

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Visual Arts

MK Thekkumkattil

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Emily Wall

  • Douglas
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

Annie Wenstrup

  • Fairbanks
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

‘Wáats’asdiyei Joe Yates

  • Craig
  • 2023Project Award Media Arts

Kinsie Young

  • Hydaburg
  • 2023Project Award Folk & Traditional Arts

Itzel Zagal

  • Anchorage
  • 2023Project Award Literary Arts/Scriptworks

About the award necklace

Each year, Rasmuson Foundation invites a prior-year Individual Artist Award recipient to create unique, hand-crafted necklaces for the current year’s awardees. Award necklaces in 2023 were designed and created by Saxman artist Kenneth “Kelly” White, who explores traditional experiences of storytelling, dancing, carving and drawing. He is largely a self-taught carver. White received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in 2021.

White is Tlingit of the Teikweidi (Bear Clan) and Tantaa Kwaan (Tongass Tribe) and was raised by the Sanyaa Kwaan (Cape Fox Tribe.)

He carved the Distinguished Artist Award necklace as a paddle from yellow cedar painted with traditional Pacific Northwest Coast colors. For the Fellowship Award, he featured a lovebird design made from maple plywood. The Project Award, also of maple plywood, is a bird wing design. The necklaces also contain early 1900s authentic fine vintage Czech crystal, Russian blue and red glass and African trade beads.

Distinguished Artist

$50,000

A singular award honors an established artist with decades of creative excellence and accomplishment.

Fellowship

$25,000

To allow the artist to focus energy on developing their creative work over a year-long period.

Project Award

$10,000

For a specific, short-term project with clear benefit to the artist.

“Let’s create more …”

This year we asked the awardees what they wanted to create more of. Click play to see their answers. (Film by C+L Creative/Featured photo by awardee Young Kim)

2023 Panelists

The Foundation enlists artists and art experts from around the country and the world to select the awardees. Panel members are all from Outside Alaska, and they change every year. Here are the panelists for 2023:

Nasreen Alkhateeb
Filmmaker

Diedrick Brackens
Textile artist/weaver

Charlotte Brathwaite
Creator/director

RaShaunda Brooks
Filmmaker and organizer

Natalie Diaz
Poet, writer and educator

Tim Doud
Artist and educator

Kate Dumbleton
Festival director, Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Ysabel Y. González
Writer

Lonnie Hutson
Visual artists/crafts person

Vaughn Kimmons
Multidisciplinary artist

Konrad Ng
Cultural curator, scholar

Tunde Olaniran
Multidisciplinary artist

Alice Sheppard
Dancer, choreographer

Michael Sherrill
Sculptor

Buzz Spector
Artist, writer and art editor, december magazine

Riva Symko
Educator

Marty Two Bulls Jr.
Artist and educator

Laura VerMeulen
Arts administrator, musician, maker

Anu Yadav
Playwright, actress, cultural worker

View all artist awardees

Since 2004, Rasmuson Foundation has presented Individual Artist Awards. Learn more about the recipients chosen each year.