For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage –  Rasmuson Foundation has launched an Artist Residency Program to support eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcome to Alaska organizations accomplished artists from Outside. The four artists selected for residencies in Alaska, which will begin September 15, are:

Melissa Daubert will be in residency at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. Daubert creates interactive art where visitors play active roles in the life cycle of the work. She works primarily in three dimensions and often uses kinetics and interactivity to engage visitors.

Marjorie Gellhorn Sa’adah will be in residency at the Island Institute in Sitka. Sa’adah is a creative nonfiction writer.

Marty Two Bulls, Jr., will be in residency at Alaska Native Art Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Two Bulls’ work varies widely in form and medium, and includes painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and music.

Marek Ranis will be in residency at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Ranis’s work is concept driven and non-media specific. Ranis’s media range from traditional and contemporary sculpture, to painting and large-scale drawing, to ephemeral installations, collaborative performance, and photography and video.

Alaska artists who have previously received an Individual Artist Award from Rasmuson Foundation are eligible to apply for one of four residencies in the Lower 48. Arts organizations participating in the program are Zygote Press; Cleveland, OH; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC; Santa Fe Art Institute; Santa Fe, NM; Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Woodside, CA.

Deadline for Alaska artists to apply is September 15 for residencies that will take place in 2014. More information for applicants, including instructions on completing an online application, are available on the Rasmuson Foundation website.

The Rasmuson Foundation 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 posts, Upcoming Artist Residencies Announced and Capturing Anchorage Street Scenes.

The Artist Residency Program is part of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, a commitment of $8.5 million to the arts over the next four years. The initiative, announced in December 2012, is designed to strengthen cultural institutions across the state, encourage new work by creative artists, and increase public access to and participation in cultural experiences.

About Rasmuson Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.