Rasmuson Foundation today announces a new showcase for artists who are among the most accomplished — and treasured — in Alaska.

This online gallery, a feature of Rasmuson.org, was developed over the past year to celebrate and promote our Distinguished Artist recipients. The display stands as a testament to the range and depth of creative expression in Alaska. It is another step toward our goal of providing Alaska’s art community a place for artists to gather and grow.

We recognize a single Distinguished Artist each year for a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contributions to the state’s arts and culture. The honor, part of our Individual Artist Awards program, includes a $40,000 award.

This week our 15th Distinguished Artist will be named. On Friday all of this year’s Individual Artist Award recipients will be announced.

This new multimedia web section is rich with stories, work examples and videos, all displayed in one space for the first time. Artists reveal what the award meant to them and how it impacted their art. Some new and previously unpublicized pieces of artwork are featured on the site. It’s a living art exhibit and will grow over time.

In 2004, we recognized our first Distinguished Artist, Sylvester Ayek, who grew up on remote King Island and learned to carve ivory and wood there. See new pictures of him and learn more about all the artists at our Distinguished Artist gallery. We hope you’ll enjoy the exploration.

For more information, contact communications manager Lisa Demer at ldemer@rasmuson.org or 907.334.0529.

About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband “E.A.” Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans.