The Rasmuson Foundation announced its Individual Artist Award winners.
Individual Artist Awards announced 052913 AE 1 Capital City Weekly The Rasmuson Foundation announced its Individual Artist Award winners.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Individual Artist Awards announced

The Rasmuson Foundation announced its Individual Artist Award winners.

The following are from Southeast Alaska:

• Richard Tagaban, Juneau, craft work, folk & traditional arts, emerging artist, awarded $7,500. Ricky Tagaban works in many forms including jewelry making, print making and Chilkat weaving. With this award, he will purchase a loom and supplies to focus on weaving a Chilkat style robe. Richard lives in Juneau.

• Clarissa Rizal, Douglas, craft work, folk & traditional arts, mature artist, $18,000.

If there were a Chilkat robe of many colors, it would certainly be worn by Clarissa Rizal. Clarissa works in many media and disciplines; and she applies her artistry to wood, canvas and fiber. Clarissa has a degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and has apprenticed under Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut and Tlingit songleader and dancer Harry Bremner Sr. She has taught Chilkat weaving for nearly 25 years, and her work has been exhibited across the country. During her Fellowship, Clarissa will mount her first solo exhibition, complete some weaving projects, and teach others.

• Constance Baltuck, Juneau, painting, visual arts, mid-career, $7,500.

Constance Baltuck is a painter whose work is based on the landscape and flora between the shores of the Gastineau Channel where she lives in Juneau. Her award will allow for exploration, experimentation, risk taking, and ultimately a solo exhibit at the Juneau Douglas City Museum in the fall of 2014.

• Merry Ellefson, Juneau, screenplay, literary arts, mid-career, $7,500.

Merry Ellefson, a playwright from Juneau.

• Christy Eriksen, Juneau, spoken word, presentation/interpretation, emerging artist, $7,500.

Christy NaMee Eriksen is a spoken word artist living in Juneau who has performed on stages large and small. She will undertake the production of her first solo CD of her work, combining her pieces with work from musicians and other spoken word artists.

• Norman Jackson, Ketchikan, visual arts, folk & traditional arts, mid-career, $18,000 (fellows award). Norman Jackson carves in the tradition of the Tongass Tlingit. He works in silver and gold, and varieties of wood indigenous to Southeast Alaska. With his Fellowship, Norman will travel to collaborate with Maori artists for an exhibit planned in New Zealand next year. He will also study the Northwest Indian artifact collections held in the Smithsonian and Field Museums. Norman lives in Ketchikan. This is Norman's second Individual Artist Award.

• Teri Rofkar (2013 distinguished artist award), Sitka, folk & traditional arts, folk & traditional arts, mature artist, $40,000.

Teri Rofkar's projects - which can take many, many months to complete, begin in the woods near her Sitka home where she gathers the raw materials that go into each piece. She says the collecting, the processing, and the creation of her art are direct links to her ancestors, and to the spirits of the plants, trees and animals that are literally woven into her work.

Rofkar also is a researcher, teacher and champion of the ten thousand years science that is embedded in Tlingit Art and oral history. She has lectured, demonstrated, taught, encouraged and promoted Tlingit weaving across the country.

She has been named a National Heritage Fellow "Living Treasure," a United States Artist Fellow, a National Museum of the American Indian Fellow and a Rasmuson Foundation Fellow. Rofkar has been recognized with a Buffet Indigenous Leadership award, a Governors Arts Award, and today, Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist Award.

• Christofer Taylor, Juneau, combined/multiple, visual arts, mid-career, $7,500.

Christofer Taylor is a painter from Juneau whose work has been focused on the human figure. Beginning in children's books illustration, then veering into art with political and social commentary, Christofer now plans to push himself deeper into the world of abstraction. His journey will require supplies and live models - both of which he will acquire with this award.