Read: Distinguished Artist Nominations to Open October 1

Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes an artist’s energy, ideas, and creative drive cannot bear fruit without time devoted to experimentation, education, and personal reflection. We also acknowledge artists need opportunities to explore at various stages of their artistic careers.

With these guiding principles in mind, Rasmuson Foundation has created three award programs for individual artists living and working in Alaska:

  • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 artistic disciplines.
  • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • Distinguished Artist AwardA single $40,000 annual award for a mature artist of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts.

The Distinguished Artist Award and the Fellowships and Project Awards have distinct applications and review processes. Visit the grant information pages to learn more: