Six artists received $12,000 Fellowship Awards: Margaret Abraham, folk and traditional (Yup'ik), Anchorage; Janice Criswell, folk and traditional (Tlingit and Haida), Juneau; Norman Jackson, folk and traditional (Tlingit), Ketchikan; Nancy Lord, literary arts and scriptworks (creative non-fiction), Homer; John Morgan, literary arts and scriptworks (poetry), Fairbanks; and Fran Reed, crafts (fish skin works), Anchorage.
In addition, 12 artists received Individual Artist Project Awards: Diane Baxter, new genre (clay and sound), Juneau, $4,080; Kevin Co, media arts (videography), Homer, $5,000; Sandra Gillespie, visual arts (painter), Ester, $5,000; Stephen Gray, visual arts (photography), Anchorage, $5,000; Stefan Hakenberg, music composition, Juneau, $5,000; Robert Hook, crafts (blacksmith), North Pole, $4,830; Steven Kahn, literary arts and scriptworks (creative non-fiction), Port Alsworth, $5,000; John Leo, performance art, Juneau, $5,000; Ryan Olson, visual arts (photographer), Anchorage, $5,000; Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, literary arts and scriptworks (poetry), Fairbanks, $5,000; Tim Thomas, visual arts (photography), Anchorage, $5,000; and David Walker, crafts (woodworking), Juneau, $5,000.
Muñoz's work depicts life across Alaska, as can be seen in her piece "Bear In Town".
Her work is carried in over 200 galleries throughout Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and many other states, as well as galleries in Canada. In 1992, Muñoz opened her own gallery, Rie Muñoz Gallery, in Juneau, Alaska. Muñoz received the Alaska State Council on the Arts 2004 Governor's Award for Individual Artist. In 2003, she was named Western Washington Fair Association's Artist of the Year. At 83-years-old, Muñoz continues to paint 30-40 original watercolors a year.
The Individual Artist Awards is a program of the Arts and Culture Initiative, a ten-year $20 million investment to increase the impact of arts in Alaska. The awards are intended to provide artists with the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore, and develop their artistry more fully. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $684,000 for 4 Distinguished Artist Awards; 25 Fellowship Awards; and 71 Project Awards.
The next deadline for Project Award applications is September 1, 2007 (postmark deadline). More information is available at the Foundation's Web site http://www.rasmuson.org/index.php?switch=viewpage&pageid=92 or by calling Victoria Lord at 907-297-2827 or toll-free 1-877-366-2700.
The 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.