Artists of Alaska: Through the eyes of 49 Writers

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Welcome to our collaboration with 49 Writers, an Alaska nonprofit organization. In this ongoing series, Alaska writers profile the Foundation's Individual Artist Award recipients. Learn what is behind the art with a glimpse into the lives of the artists. Check back regularly for more profiles.

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The Artists

Carmel Anderson

Armin Abdihodžić

A Great Guitar is Like a Sports Car

Profile by Jonathan Bower

Carmel Anderson

Brian Adams

The View From the Inside

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Christiane Allison

Shedding Light on Prison's Darkness with Children’s Books

Profile by Victoria Petersen

Carmel Anderson

Alvin Amason

Skiff's Eye View

Profile by Susan Morgan

Carmel Anderson

Carmel Anderson

‘The Dress Fell Down’

Profile by Amanda T. K. Compton

Carmel Anderson

Earl Atchak

‘Who I Am Is Where I Am From’

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Everett Athorp

Rediscovering the Lost Artistry of Haida Canoes

Profile by Vera Starbard

Carmel Anderson

Breezy Berryman

Birth, Death and Renewal — through Dance

Profile by Christina Whiting

Carmel Anderson

Beth Blankenship

Connections that Shape Our Worlds

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Alison Bremner

The Whole Body Carves

Profile by Corinna Cook

Carmel Anderson

Marian Call

Making Music in the Box: A Creative Journey Off-Road

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Dolores Catherino

Technicolor Harmony: The Future of Music

Profile by Jonathan Bower

Carmel Anderson

Susan Christianson

'Until the voices of the grandmothers are heard'

Profile by Mary Odden

Carmel Anderson

Delores Churchill

Lesson from a Master: Never Weave Angry

Profile by Debra McKinney

Carmel Anderson

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Through | Out of | With

Profile by Jeremy Pataky

Carmel Anderson

Roblin Davis

The Smallest Mask: The Art of Staying True to Oneself

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Jacob Dee

What Does the Song Want?

Profile by Jonathan Bower

Carmel Anderson

Alanna DeRocchi

Hollow Bodies Carry Their Own Stories

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Merry Ellefson

The Fragility of Ice

Profile by Katie Bausler

Carmel Anderson

Christy Tengs Fowler

Confidence to be Her True Self

Profile by Katie Bausler

Carmel Anderson

Ellen Frankenstein

Going Out and Back

Profile by Dawnell Smith

Carmel Anderson

Nicholas Galanin

This is My Home: "Kiks.ádi Land"

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Patt Garrett

Writing Outside the Lines

Profile by Jeremy Pataky

Carmel Anderson

David Gerard

Give It Back or Pass It On

Profile by Nancy Lord

Carmel Anderson

Erin Gingrich

Carving: A Subtractive Process

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Ana Gutierrez-Scholl

Tradition of Dance ‘From the People, for the People’

Profile by Christina Whiting

Carmel Anderson

Stormy Hamar

For the Love of the Journey

Profile by Bethany Goodrich

Carmel Anderson

Mary Ida Henrikson

The Rainforest Painter

Profile by Jeremy Pataky

Carmel Anderson

Erin Hollowell

Pushing Against the Dark

Profile by Nancy Lord

Carmel Anderson

Lily Hope

Bigger Than Words Can Say: Weaving Culture, Family and Legacy

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Gail Jackson

Power and Passion in Percussion

Profile by Samantha Davenport

Carmel Anderson

Mary Katzke

Visual Poetry

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Tom Kizzia

Dear John McPhee

Profile by Julia O'Malley

Carmel Anderson

Abigail Kokai

Quilting a Patchwork of Stories

Profile by Christina Whiting

Carmel Anderson

Paul Lawrence

'Story Is King'

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Noah Lincoln

Humor is Healing

Profile by Jennifer Nu

Carmel Anderson

Mary Beth Loewen

Taking the Leap

Profile by Sara Loewen

Carmel Anderson

Enzina Marrari

Exploration of Self: In Story, Materials and Performance

Profile by Indra Arriaga

Carmel Anderson

Kandi McGilton

'I’m Taking You to the Graveyard.'

Profile by Amanda T. K. Compton

Carmel Anderson

Kim McNett

An Eye for Wild Places and Underappreciated Biota

Profile by Nancy Lord

Carmel Anderson

Amy Meissner

Pulling at Perfection: Mix of Meaning and Media in Fiber Art

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Robert Mills

To Sell Without Selling Out: Deliberations on Authenticity and Aesthetics

Profile by Amanda T. K. Compton

Carmel Anderson

Katie O'Loughlin

Choreographing Community

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Lucy Peckham

Bring It Home: Inviting Alaskans into the Field of Sound

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Charlotte Peterson

'I’m Never Not Myself'

Profile by Erica Watson

Carmel Anderson

Evan Phillips

‘Time: Suddenly Too Precious to Waste.’

Profile by Jonathan Bower

Carmel Anderson

Jessica Plachta

Hard Truth: Lessons from the Outdoor Classroom

Profile by Tom Morphet

Carmel Anderson

Susan Share

Unexpected Plot Twists

Profile by Debra McKinney

Carmel Anderson

Maria Shell

Filling Spaces

Profile by Teeka Ballas

Carmel Anderson

Sandra Stolle

‘With Wood, You Don’t Always Know What You’ll Get’

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Karen Stomberg

Tugging at Roots: Uncovering Story through Wildflowers

Profile by Erica Watson

Carmel Anderson

Gert Svarny

The Path to Bone Deep

Profile by Dawnell Smith

Carmel Anderson

Vanessa Sweet

Of Time and Tide

Profile by Dawnell Smith

Carmel Anderson

Ricky Tagaban

A Fabric’s Entirety

Profile by Corinna Cook

Carmel Anderson

Colleen Thomas

Home and Wholeness, Quills and Fur

Profile by Erica Watson

Carmel Anderson

Agnes Thompson

‘Your DNA Remembers’

Profile by Kirsten Swann

Carmel Anderson

Lily Tuzroyluke

‘Like Seeing a Piece of Your Heart’

Profile by Vera Starbard

Carmel Anderson

Wendy Walker

When Dancers Give Everything, Can You Ask for More?

Profile by Julia O'Malley

Carmel Anderson

Emily Wall

Comfort Food: Poet Emily Wall Feeds a Hunger for the Voices of Women

Profile by Amy O'Neill Houck

Carmel Anderson

Zak Wass

Creating New Colors in Music

Profile by Robin Sherman

Carmel Anderson

Amber Webb

Drawing Attention: Spotlighting Violence Against Indigenous Women

Profile by Samantha Davenport

Carmel Anderson

Miranda Weiss

In a Warming World, a Love Letter to Snow

Profile by Nancy Lord

Carmel Anderson

Sarah Whalen-Lunn

Connecting the Dots: Traditional Skin-Stitched Tattoos Create Inuit Sisterhood

Profile by Carol Richards

Carmel Anderson

Merna Wharton

Winter’s Worth of Tiny Stitches into Lifetime of Warmth

Profile by Erica Watson

Carmel Anderson

Nathaniel Wilder

5,000 Miles from Familiarity, Adventurer Discovers His Art

Profile by O’Hara Shipe

Carmel Anderson

Hannah Yoter

'The Best Therapy for Anything'

Profile by Victoria Petersen

Carmel Anderson

Itzel Zagal

In Poetry, Invisible Others Are Seen

Profile by Indra Arriaga

Carmel Anderson

Rick Zelinsky

Bird Cries and Saxophone Sounds

Profile by Corinna Cook

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About

This project pairs writers from across Alaska with recipients of the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards for profiles that reveal roots of creativity. We are so pleased to collaborate with 49 Writers on this feature. We love it when worlds come together!

Rasmuson Foundation provides grants directly to both emerging and accomplished Alaska artists through a highly competitive selection process.

49 Writers is a literary nonprofit founded to support and inspire a statewide community of Alaska writers and readers. The organization hired writers from all over Alaska for this series.

Keep checking back for additional profiles! The series begins with the 2017 awardees, then will turn to the 2018 recipients.

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