For Immediate Release on January 2, 2013
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Rasmuson Foundation increases size of Individual Artist Awards

Anchorage -  Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation has opened the application process for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and this year the awards are more substantial than ever. The foundation has increased the amount of money to be awarded to Alaska-based artists for the first time since the program’s inception in 2004.

Individual Artist awards are designed to support Alaskan artists in ten artistic disciplines at various stages of their career and creative development and are available in three categories. This year the foundation will provide grants of $7,500 for project awards, meant for artists with short-term project needs; $18,000 for artist fellowship awards, given to mid-career and mature artists to advance their career; and $40,000 for the Distinguished Artist Award, in recognition of creative excellence and superior accomplishments.

“What makes these awards special is that these funds allow for Alaskan artists to pursue their own individual passion and artistic growth,” said Jayson Smart, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. “It’s not a commissioned award, it’s for the artist to use to advance themselves in their own artistic practice and foster creativity in Alaska’s art community.”

Rasmuson Foundation created the Individual Artist Awards to encourage the growth of serious artists, helping them continue to create, experiment and contribute art to Alaska communities. In 2012, Rasmuson Foundation awarded more than $265,000 to 37 artists statewide. Since 2004, the Individual Artist Awards program has awarded 269 grants, totaling just over $1.9 million, directly to Alaska artists.

This year the fellowship category includes awards for choreography; crafts; performance art; folk and traditional art; and literary arts/scriptworks. In addition to these discipline areas, Project Award applications are welcomed from artists working in media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts.

Applications may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 1, or sent by mail and postmarked by March 1, 2013.

Eligible applicants are Alaska residents of two or more years who have not won an Individual Artist Award in the past three years and are 18 years or older. Interested applicants can receive more information and apply online at

Applicants may also call 907-297-2700 or 877-366-2700 (toll free in Alaska), or write to the Rasmuson Foundation, 301 W. Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 400, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, for additional information or to request an application.

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.