Last week Rasmuson Foundation awarded its 13th round of Individual Artist Awards. The awards are part of an initiative to support Alaska's culture, vibrant communities, and art itself. Also celebrated was the 13th Distinguished Artist Award recipient. In this post, a film about him, you will glimpse his inspiration, his character and his work.

Don Decker of Anchorage has been named the 2016 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, celebrated yesterday, recognizes an Alaska artist with a history of creative excellence.

In addition to the Distinguished Artist, 35 other artists received Fellowship Awards and Project Awards. Read more about Don Decker and the other 2016 Individual Artist Award recipients in the press release. Portraits of award recipients can be found here and photos of the artists’ work are viewable here.