Blankenship and Shell each received Fellowship Awards. A Fellowship is an unrestricted $18,000 award for mid-career and mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work.
Meissner, a Fellowship Recipient in 2014, received a $7,500 Project Award designed for emerging, mid-career and mature artists to be used on a specific, short-term project that has clear benefits to the artist’s growth and development.
According to the press release from the Rasmuson Foundation, Blankenship will create a dozen bead and fiber pieces that tell a story of human connection to the natural world and our impact on Alaska’s animals and those who rely on them.
Shell, who also received a Fellowship Award in 2013, will explore non-linear shapes in 12 large art quilts incorporating curves and curved quilt blocks.
Meissner will complete work on her solo exhibit, Inheritance: makers. memory. myth., scheduled to be on view at the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska State Museum in 2018. The exhibit is a cultural narrative of the literal, physical, and emotional work of women, told through a collection of vintage cloths from around the world.