Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program

Notice: Expanded Eligibility Beginning 2015!


A recording and slideshow from the information session detailing the program, eligibility requirements, and application process can be found at the bottom of the page. 


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

With these guiding principles in mind, Rasmuson Foundation launched its Artist Residency Program in 2013.

The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program supports eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcomes accomplished artists from Outside to Alaska organizations. Support to the host organizations covers artist travel and stipends, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials, and local transportation.

The four arts centers in Alaska and five arts centers in the Lower 48 that will host the artist residencies are paired for compatibility based on discipline expertise and related factors. The organizations are:


Alaska Lower 48

Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer

Zygote Press; Cleveland, OH

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 

McColl Center for Art + Innovation; Charlotte, NC

Alaska Native Art Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute for American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, NM

Island Institute, Sitka

Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Woodside, CA









The Artist Residency Program builds upon AK AIR, a previous five-year partnership with United States Artists that resulted in more than 30 United States Artists Fellows residencies in Alaska. Information about AK AIR can be revisited in these Foundation blog posts, Upcoming Artist Residencies Announced and Capturing Anchorage Street Scenes.


For Artists outside of Alaska seeking Alaska residencies:

Alaska host organizations make final selections from a pool of nominees developed by the corresponding Lower 48 arts organization. Alaska residencies take place annually from September 15 to November 15.  


For Alaska Artists seeking residencies Outside:

Lower 48 host organizations make final selections from applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. Any Alaskan artist who meets the eligibility criteria may  apply; former receipt of an Individual Artist Award from the Foundation is no longer exclusive criteria. The application period for 2016 residencies will open July 1, 2015. See How to Apply and FAQs for more information.


For more information, contact Program Officer Jayson Smart: (907) 297-2882; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email jsmart@rasmuson.org. Alternatively, contact Program Coordinator Jeremy Pataky at 907-244-7717 or jeremy.pataky@gmail.com.


Recording of teleconference from June 26 information session



Slideshare from June 26 information session