Read: The Distinguished Artist Award information page

We welcome public nominations of artists who meet the Distinguished Artist Award criteria. Artists can also nominate themselves. Distinguished Artist nominations do not preclude artists from applying for one of Rasmuson Foundation’s other two Individual Artist Award grants: a Project Award or Fellowship. However, should the artist be selected to receive the Distinguished Artist Award, their application would be removed from the Project Award or Fellowship applicant pool. Please complete and submit the below form by December 15, 2018.


Artists may apply or be nominated for a Distinguished Artist Award if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Artist must be a full-time Alaska resident for the past five years at the time of the application/nomination and remain a resident for the duration of the grant period.
  • Artist must have decades of experience creating art and contributing to advancement of arts and culture in Alaska.
  • Artist must currently be producing work.

Artists are NOT eligible to apply or be nominated if they are:

  • A current or prior board member, committee member, staff member, current panelist, or member of their immediate families.
  • Individuals whose work or project is primarily of a research, scholarly, or commercial nature.


Selection criteria for awards include:

  • The impact the artist has had on arts and culture in Alaska.
  • The quality of artistic work over their decades-long career.
  • The artist’s creative accomplishments and the promise of future artistic excellence.

Rasmuson Foundation assembles an Alaska-based panel of artists and arts experts to assist in the selection process. Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. The Distinguished Artist is announced at a public celebration usually held in May. Please contact the Foundation if you have any questions: (907) 297-2700; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email Jeff Baird at or Sharity Sommer at


Individual Artist Award recipients will sign a grant agreement before receipt of the funds. The one-year award period begins June 1 and ends May 31. At the end of the award period, awardees submit a short narrative describing what they have accomplished and its importance to their artistic and career development. Such accomplishments do not have to be solely in the form of artistic products, but may also include knowledge acquired, experience gained, personal growth achieved, and/or experiments undertaken that point the artist in new directions, whether successful or not.

Artist Information

First Name:
Last Name:
In what community does the artist live:
An approximate number of years artist has practiced:
Artistic Discipline:
Contact Information
Email Address (if known):
Phone Number (if known):
Please answer the following questions:
1. Provide evidence the nominee has consistently practiced art at a high level over their career. For instance, has the artist been recognized by their peers, received local, regional or national awards, been profiled in publications? (250-word max)
2. Provide evidence the artist has had a broad impact/helped shape arts and culture in Alaska. For instance, did the individual mentor other artists, pioneer innovation, demonstrate leadership in their field? (250-word max)
3. Where is the work located or where has the artist performed or published? If known, provide any relevant websites, books or references that contain additional artist information. (250-word max)
4. Is the artist still practicing? Please provide any information that describes the artist’s current status. (250-word max)
5. Anything else you would like us to know about this artist? (250-word max)

Nominator Information

First Name
Last Name