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Alaskan Artists selected for Residencies in Lower 48

The Rasmuson Foundation has announced the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2015 Rasmuson Artist Residency Program.

The Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, to support the creative growth of Alaska’s artists and arts organizations, expose Alaskans to new work and the creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introduce Lower 48 communities to unique Alaskan perspectives through extended engagements with artists. The program sends four Alaskan artists to residencies in the Lower 48 while bringing four Lower 48 artists to Alaska. Artists participate in fully-funded, eight-week residencies through the program. 

The residency operates in partnership with eight artist residency programs, including Alliance members Bunnell Street Arts Center (Homer, Alaska), McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, North Carolina), Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute for American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Island Institute (Sitka, Alaska) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, California) as well as Zygote Press (Cleveland, Ohio), Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage, Alaska), and Alaska Native Art Center - University of Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska).

Alaskan artists chosen for 2015 awards are:

  • Ernestine Hayes, a writer in Juneau, will be at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside, CA. She will focus her energy on various ongoing fiction projects, and immerse herself in aspects of the traditions of ancient Chinese poets, contemporary American ghazals and the lyricism of oral history.

  • Linda Lyons, a visual artist and painter in Anchorage, will be in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM, in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts. She plans to build on her recent exploration of media outside of painting (glass, mosaic and photography) by expanding her creative skills to printmaking.

  • Mary Matthews, a visual artist and art therapist in Fairbanks, will be in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. She hopes to create a piece about the experience of disability, incorporating concepts about the connections women feel to each other and how they identify and find influences.

  • Michael Walsh, a media artist and filmmaker in Homer, will be in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH. He intends to make two 10-minute camera-less films (one 16mm, one 35mm) using a process he recently conceived that involves putting strips of clear film leader on 11”x14” paper and running it through a word press.


About the Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, “E.A.” Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Through its grantmaking strategies, Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes that an artist’s energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection.