Rasmuson Foundation Announces 2017 Individual Artist Awards

Maria Shell, Amy Meissner, Beth Blankenship

Maria Shell, Amy Meissner, Beth Blankenship (L-R)

Three SAQA Alaska members received great news last week. Beth Blankenship, Amy Meissner, and Maria Shell were among the artists selected for recognition by the Rasmuson Foundation.

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.


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