They’ve been weavers and writers, printers and composers, painters and sculptors. They’ve told their stories, the stories of Alaska, the stories of their people. Our Distinguished Artists are recognized masters in their field. Now Rasmuson Foundation is calling for nominations for our 2019 Distinguished Artist.

“Homesick for you” is a mixed-media piece by 2018 Distinguished Artist Alvin Amason. Photo by Jenny Irene Miller, taken in the artist’s studio.

One annual $40,000 award recognizes an Alaska artist’s creative excellence and superior accomplishments. It serves as validation of the artist’s creative output and contribution to the state of Alaska and is reserved for mature artists with decades of experience. It also acknowledges the potential for art to come.

The nomination period is open through Dec. 15. Artists also can nominate themselves.

See all 15 past recipients here.

This award is among the 36 Individual Artist Awards granted each spring. Applications for Project Awards and Fellowships will be accepted starting Jan. 15.