Nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Artist Award are now closed.  We will begin seeking nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Artist on Oct. 1, 2022.

Rasmuson Foundation offers one $40,000 Distinguished Artist Award annually in recognition of an Alaskan’s creative excellence over multiple decades and significant artistic accomplishments. These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Alaska, thereby making our state a more culturally rich place to live. First and foremost, they have made creatively incisive art reflecting their particular and extraordinary perspective. Award recipients will most likely be full-time, professional artists, and will be recognized by peers and experts across the state as among the most highly accomplished in their field. Artists may work in any artistic discipline. Short biographies and galleries of artwork of all past recipients are available here.

Distinguished Artist Award recipients have created an extensive independent body of work representing life-long investigation and maturation of their personal creativity. They must have decades of experience creating art and contributing to advancement of arts and culture in Alaska.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award are Ernestine Saankaláxt’ Hayes of Juneau, Wayne Price of Haines; Alvin Amason of Kodiak and Anchorage; Gertrude Svarny of Unalaska; Garry Kaulitz and Don Decker of Anchorage; Peggy Shumaker, Kes Woodward, John Luther Adams and John Haines of Fairbanks; Richard Nelson and Teri Rofkar of Sitka; Rie Munoz of Juneau; Ron Senungetuk of Homer; Sylvester Ayek of Nome; and Delores Elizabeth Churchill, Ray Troll and Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan.