Rasmuson Foundation launched its eight-week Artist Residency Program in 2013 to support residencies at one of nine participating institutions.

Four Alaska-based artists are selected each year to participate in residencies at Lower 48-based art centers, and four Lower 48-based artists are paired with  an Alaska arts organizations. Organizations receive funding to cover travel, administrative fees, housing, meals, materials, transportation, and a $4,000 stipend per artist. Participating organizations are:

Alaska Lower 48
Bunnell Street Arts Center; Homer Zygote Press; Cleveland, OH
 Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center; Anchorage McColl Center for Art + Innovation; Charlotte, NC
 Alaska Native Art Center; University of Alaska Fairbanks Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, NM
Island Institute, Sitka Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Woodside, CA

Eligibility for Alaska-based artists

Applicants must be full-time Alaska residents for two years prior to the application deadline, remain residents for the duration of the program, and be able to commit to the full eight-week residency. Established and emerging artists at least 18 years of age can apply if their work has been formally recognized in the past five years in one or more of the following ways: receipt of a merit-based artist grant or award (including the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award); inclusion in a formal exhibition; publication of book length work or multiple placements in journals; having work acquired by a professional collecting museum or institution; or completion of an accredited graduate fine arts degree.

Disciplines currently eligible are Crafts, Folk and Traditional Arts; Literary Arts/Scriptworks; Media Arts; Social Practice; and Visual Arts.

Artists are NOT eligible to apply if they are a current board member, committee member, staff member, or consultant for Rasmuson Foundation, current panelist, or member of their immediate families. Individuals whose current work is primarily of a research, scholarly, or commercial nature, and students currently enrolled in any degree seeking program related to the arts at any educational level, are ineligible to apply.


Successful applicants will demonstrate an active and sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and excellence in their work. Applications are evaluated on the quality of artistic work and creative accomplishments, as reflected through work samples, within the context of the individual’s experience, training, and career stage. Evaluators also consider the artist’s overall interest and commitment to a residency experience, the impact a residency experience will likely have on the applicant’s artistic and career growth, and the artist’s commitment to community engagement, if applicable, as part of the residency experience.

Selection Process

Selections are made by a professional panel convened by each participating residency center. Rasmuson Foundation does not select residency participants. The selection process takes approximately eight weeks, and all applicants are notified of the panel’s decisions. Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

For Artists outside of Alaska seeking Alaska residencies: Alaska host organizations make selections from a pool of nominees developed by the corresponding Lower 48 arts organization. Alaska residencies take place September 15 to November 15.

For Alaska Artists seeking residencies Outside: Lower 48 host organizations select from Alaska applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. The host organization will work with the selected Alaskan artist to determine specific dates of the residency.

Selection Terms

Once selected, artists must complete their eight-week residency by the end of the following calendar year. Accommodations for family, friends, pets, or companions are not available.

Residency financial activities, including artist stipends, materials, travel, housing, meals, studio space, and documentation associated with the residency, are managed by the participating residency host sites. Artists are not grantees of Rasmuson Foundation.

Artists are asked to submit a final report describing their accomplishments and the importance of the experience to their ongoing artistic and career development. Accomplishments may include work produced, knowledge acquired, experience gained, personal growth achieved, and/or experiments undertaken that point the artist in new directions, whether successful or not.

How to Apply

The Foundation is not accepting applications for the Artist Residency Program at this time. We will announce if there is a future opportunity to apply.

Applicants are asked to describe their training and cumulative creative experiences, their goals for participating in an artist residency, and the benefits anticipated. A strong proposal will contain a compelling and concise residency plan. Applicants must submit supporting work samples (e.g. images, recordings, scripts, resume) that demonstrate their level of artistic accomplishment. Quality work samples are essential.