It’s been just two years since the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program launched and already, its impact for both the artists involved and for the communities where they are engaged, has proven strong. In this guest post, poet and arts consultant Jeremy Pataky highlights three reasons why Alaska artists should apply.

Guest post by Jeremy Pataky

Alaska artist Gretchen Sagan with Ann Filemyr, formerly of IAIA, Sanjit Sethi of Santa Fe Art Institute, and Liz Maugans of Zygote Press. Sagan's residency in Santa Fe was in early 2015. Photo by Nathaniel Wilder.

Alaska artist Gretchen Sagan with Ann Filemyr, formerly of IAIA, Sanjit Sethi of Santa Fe Art Institute, and Liz Maugans of Zygote Press. Sagan’s residency in Santa Fe was in early 2015. Photo by Nathaniel Wilder.

It’s been just two years and counting since the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program launched, and already, its impact has proven strong. Quilt artist Maria Shell worked with communities surrounding the Brightwalk Arts and Ecology Campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Her workshops invited participants to incorporate their personal quilt blocks into a mural-sized quilt that tells their collective story of how rapid re-development in their community affects their lives. Alaska artist Gretchen Sagan created enough new work for a solo show while in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, while also learning to frame and stretch her own canvases. North Carolina visual artist Marek Ranis conducted artistic research into the anthropology of climate change throughout Arctic Alaska and built ongoing relationships here that has brought him back again and again since his residency in 2013.

Alaska artist Jimmy Riordan (2014) and an intern cut paper at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alaska artist Jimmy Riordan (2014) and an intern cut paper at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio.

The program brings four artists from the Lower 48 to Alaska for eight week residencies each year, and sends four Alaska artists to sites in the Lower 48. Having honed the new program over the first two cycles, we can now expand the eligibility pool to include all Alaska artists who meet the criteria. The online application will open on July 1. This is an opportunity for individual Alaska artists to participate in a fully-supported program that has demonstrable impacts for both the artists involved and for the communities where they are engaged.

Here are three reasons why Alaskan artists should strongly consider applying:

  1. Each residency is hosted by a nationally esteemed, well-established organization. The length of these residencies — eight weeks — provides ample time for an artist to engage deeply and grow creatively. The next round of awardees will join an impressive cohort of Alaska artists already recognized through this program, including Christine Byl, Ernestine Hayes, Arlitia Jones, Linda Lyons, Mary Matthews, Jimmy Riordan, Gretchen Sagan, Maria Shell, and Michael Walsh.
  2. In addition to the time and space conducive to serious artistic pursuit, each awardee receives a $4,000 stipend, housing, travel expenses, and a budget for shipping materials to or from the residency site. Additional opportunities vary and may include the means to document one’s work, connect with the public, network with other artists, and experiment with new methods or subject matters.
  3. Eligibility and the selection process for this program has no bearing on eligibility for other Foundation grant programs. You are eligible even if you have not received an Individual Artist Award. If you do receive a residency award in the upcoming round, you remain eligible to apply to the IAA program during the next application period in 2016.

An optional information session detailing the program, eligibility requirements and application process will be held June 26, 6 p.m. in the Anchorage Museum’s Reynolds Classroom. Alaska artists are invited to attend in person or by teleconference. A recording of the session will be posted on the Rasmuson Foundation website for those who can’t participate.

Teleconference Information

Please dial the phone number five minutes prior to the start of the conference call and enter your passcode.

Dial-In: 1 (877) 615-4337 Toll Free
Passcode: 9917139#