Rasmuson Foundation: Compete now for distinguished artist award

Rasmuson Foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 16 for its 2020 Distinguished Artist Award, recognizing an Alaskan’s significant artistic accomplishments and creative excellence over multiple decades.

The winner of the $40,000 annual award is selected from artists who have chosen to make their lives and careers in Alaska, thereby contributing to the richness of arts and culture in the state.

“The Distinguished Arts Award is for a mature artist whose work enriches the lives of Alaskans,” said Sharity Sommer, one of two foundation program officers who oversee the program. “The award recognizes an artist with extraordinary talent and an extensive body of creative work. It also supports future creative endeavors.”

Recent recipients of the award include Richard Nelson of Sitka, Alvin Amason of Kodiak and Anchorage, and Gertrude Svarny of Unalaska.

In addition to the singular Distinguished Artist Award, the foundation grants Project Awards of $7,500 to artists of all career stages and fellowships of $18,000 for artists who are at least mid-career. The date for opening those applications has not yet been announced. All artist grant recipients are to be announced in May 2020.

Details on who may apply or be nominated for the Distinguished Artist Award are online at rasmuson.org/grants/individual-artist-awards/distinguished-artist-nomination.