Contact: Victoria Lord
Ron Senungetuk Receives $25,000 Distinguished Artist Award
Foundation Also Names Six Fellows, 13 Project Grants
Anchorage - Ron Senungetuk, visual artist, curator, Inupiaq scholar, and former University of Alaska Fairbanks professor of Art and Design has been named 2008 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. Artist Photo.jpg, Artist Bio.pdf
Senungetuk's artwork reflects a progressive interpretation of Alaska Native influences and an exploration of new forms. He is widely recognized and his work has been exhibited and purchased for collections throughout Alaska and the lower 48. Dipytch Seals.jpg, Reindeer Herd.jpg, Aurora Borealis I II III.jpg
The Distinguished Artist Award provides $25,000 in unrestricted funds to allow artists to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, or to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully.
Six artists have been selected to receive $12,000 Fellowship Awards:
- Carl Battreall, photographer (Anchorage).
- Nicholas Galanin, multidiscipline artist working in performance art, video installation, film, sculpture, painting and photography (Sitka).
- Sonya Kelliher-Combs, visual artist working in mixed-media creating two and three dimensional works (Anchorage).
- Philip Munger music composer (Wasilla).
- Linda Smogor, photographer (Homer).
- Vladimir Zhikhartsev, plein air watercolor painter (Fairbanks).
In addition, Individual Artist Project grants have been awarded to:
- Audrey Armstrong, $5,000, folk/traditional artist working with fish skin (Anchorage).
- Michael Engelhard, $5,000, literary artist (Fairbanks).
- Clara Haley, $5,000, folk/traditional artist Northwest Coast cedar bark weaver (Wrangell).
- Denise Heimel, $5,000, visual artist working in clay to create sculptural forms (Wasilla).
- Caroline Kroll, $5,000, folk/traditional artist, wood carver, weaver (Anchorage).
- Rosemary McGuire, $3,145, literary artist (Cordova).
- Christopher Miller, $4,999, photographer (Juneau).
- Leslie Hsu Oh, $5,000, literary artist (Eagle River).
- Roswell Schaeffer Sr., $5,000, folk/traditional artist working with wood, ivory and bone craft (Kotzebue).
- Teresa Shannon, $5,000, craft artist working in clay (Fairbanks).
- Ruth Sorensen, $5,000, oil painter (Anchorage).
- Tasha Walen, $5,000, craft artist working in glass (Juneau).
- Sheila Wyne, $5,000, multidiscipline, multi-media artist (Anchorage).
Senungetuk continues to produce art while living in Homer with his wife Turid. He regularly serves on public art committees and national and local art and craft advisory boards. He is a frequent speaker, presenter, and panelist addressing subjects including cultural identity, contemporary Native art, and traditional Alaska Native art.
The Individual Artist Awards is a program of the Arts and Culture Initiative, a ten-year $20 million investment to increase the impact of arts in Alaska. The awards are intended to provide artists with the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore, and develop their artistry more fully. The Foundation funds artists at various stages in their career whose work is defined by excellence and accomplishment in the arts. To date, the Foundation has awarded $962,621 to 132 artists; five artists have been selected as recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award. Click here to view all Individual Artist Award recipients.
The next deadline for Project Award applications is September 1, 2008 (postmark deadline). More information is available at the Foundation's website or by calling Victoria Lord at 907-297-2827 or toll-free 1-877-366-2700.
About the Foundation
The 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.