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Rasmuson Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program -- launched in 2013 -- supports eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcomes accomplished artists from Outside to Alaska organizations. Support to the host organizations cover artist travel and stipend, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials, and local transportation.

Alaska artists who have received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are eligible to apply for a residency experience located Outside of Alaska. Artists living outside of Alaska who are interested in an Alaska residency must be nominated by one of the host arts centers located in the Lower 48 states.

The four arts centers in Alaska and five arts centers in the Lower 48 that host the artist residencies are paired for compatibility based on discipline expertise and related factors:

  • Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK | Zygote Press; Cleveland, OH
  • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK | McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
  • Alaska Native Art Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK | Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute for American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, NM
  • Island Institute, Sitka, AK | Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Woodside, CA

For Artists outside of Alaska seeking Alaska residencies: Alaska host organizations make final selections from a pool of nominees developed by the corresponding Lower 48 arts organization in consultation with United States Artists Fellows who participated in AK Air. Alaska residencies take place annually from September 15 to November 15.

For Alaska Artists seeking residencies Outside: Lower 48 host organizations make final selections from applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. At this time, only artists who have previously received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are eligible to apply.

The application deadline for 2017 residencies is August 15, 2016.

Location

United States

4 residency sites in the Lower 48 are participating in the Rasmuson Foundation's Residency Program:

  • Zygote Press; Cleveland, OH
  • McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
  • Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute for American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, NM
  • Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Woodside, CA

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Alaska artists may apply if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

    -- Applicants must be previous recipients of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award.
    -- Applicants must be full-time Alaska residents for the past two years at the time of application, and remain residents for the duration of the residency program.
    -- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
    -- Applicants must be artists who are currently producing work.
    -- Applicants must be able to commit to a full eight-week period at a residency program located in the Lower 48 states during the 2016 calendar year.
    -- Disciplines currently eligible are crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, media arts, and visual arts.

    Artists are NOT eligible to apply if they are:

    -- A current board member, committee member, staff member, or consultant for Rasmuson Foundation, current panelist, or member of their immediate families.
    -- Individuals whose current work is primarily of a research, scholarly, or commercial nature.

  • Application Ongoing: No

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Housing varies according to the residency host organizations.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Meals vary according to the residency host organizations.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    Studios vary according to the residency host organizations.
  • Other facilities and services: Other services vary according to the residency host organizations.

Stipends / other support

Artists receive an unrestricted $4,000 stipend. Additional funding covers travel, housing, art materials expenses, and more. Residencies are funded through a grant made directly to each host organization; they disburse funds directly to each artist.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Other expectations/opportunities vary according to the residency host organizations.

Contact Information

301 West Northern Lights Blvd.
Suite 400
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
United States