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Award to an Alaska Artist to Recognize Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Contributions

Distinguished Artist Award

GrantWatch ID# 182522
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Rasmuson Foundation
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/31/22 11:59 PM Online submissions or Postmarked by Date

Grant Description
Award of $40,000 to an Alaska artist to recognize outstanding artistic accomplishments and cultural contributions to the state. Applicants may work in any artistic discipline. Eligible artists have a large and independent body of work and many years of experience in creating art and contributing to the arts and culture of Alaska.
These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Alaska, thereby making our state a more culturally rich place to live. First and foremost, they have made creatively incisive art reflecting their particular and extraordinary perspective. Award recipients will most likely be full-time, professional artists, and will be recognized by peers and experts across the state as among the most highly accomplished in their field. Artists may work in any artistic discipline.
Distinguished Artist Award recipients have created an extensive independent body of work representing life-long investigation and maturation of their personal creativity. They must have decades of experience creating art and contributing to advancement of arts and culture in Alaska.
Selection criteria for awards include:
  • The impact the artist has had on arts and culture in Alaska.
  • The quality of artistic work over their decades-long career.
  • The artist’s creative accomplishments and the promise of future artistic excellence.
  • Eligible artistic disciplines: Choreography, Crafts, Folk and Traditional Arts, Literary Arts/Scriptworks, Media Arts, Multidiscipline, Music Composition, New Genre, Performance Art, Presentation/Interpretation, and/or Visual Arts
  • A nominated artist’s work must be culturally responsible and not contain elements of cultural appropriation, defined as the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Artists may apply or be nominated for a Distinguished Artist Award if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Artist must be a full-time Alaska resident and have lived in the state for the past five years at the time of the nomination and remain a resident, living in Alaska, for the duration of the grant period.
- Artist must have multiple decades of experience creating art and contributing to advancement of arts and culture in Alaska and must be established in an artistic career. An established artist has created an extensive independent body of work representing a life-long investigation and development of their personal creativity. They demonstrate a high- aesthetic level of artistic ability with a strong consistency of expression over a professional art career.
- Artist must currently be producing work.

Artists are NOT eligible to apply or be nominated if they are:
- Individuals whose work or project is primarily of a research, scholarly, or commercial nature.
- Individual Artist Award recipients who received their award in 2020, 2021, or 2022, or who are previous Distinguished Artist Award recipients.

Pre-Application Information
All nominations submitted online must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2022. Nominations submitted by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

The Foundation welcomes public nominations of artists who meet the Distinguished Artist Award criteria. Artists can also nominate themselves. Distinguished Artist nominations do not preclude artists from applying for one of Rasmuson Foundation’s other two Individual Artist Awards program grants: a project award or fellowship. However, should the artist be selected to receive the Distinguished Artist award, their application would be removed from the project award or fellowship applicant pool.

The Distinguished Artist is honored at a public celebration usually held in May.

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Term of Contract
The one-year award period typically begins June 1 and ends May 31.

Contact Information
To apply online, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Please contact the Foundation if you have questions at (907) 297-2700; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email

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