Recipients of the 2017 Alaska Literary Awards and 2017 Connie Boochever Fellows Announced

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), is pleased to announce the artist recipients of the 2017 Alaska Literary Award and the 2017 Connie Boochever Fellowships. Alaska Literary Awards The following five Alaska literary artists, selected from a pool of 42 applications, will each receive $5,000 awards: Mary Katzke, … Read More

Austin Parkhill

Visual Art, 2015 Austin Parkhill is a professional artist living and working in Homer, Alaska. Often described as a “hyperrealist” painter, Parkhill has exhibited his artwork from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C.) to New York City, and maintains gallery representation in Denver, CO. His massive portrait work intrigues with its sincere expression and formidable presence, … Read More

Enzina Marrari

Multimedia, 2015 Marrari’s artwork takes inspiration from the human condition. Rooted in figure drawing and sculpture, Marrari’s work began as a study of the human form and continues to explore the figure. Marrari addresses themes of the social, personal, and political elements of the human experience. She pushes the boundaries of personal vs. social space by exploring norms and behaviors that … Read More

John Hagen

  Photography, 2015 John Hagen is a photographer and digital artist and calls Haines, Alaska his home. Hagen earned a BFA in New Media Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts and studied photojournalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Hagen was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award for his photography in 2015. Hagen’s work has most recently been exhibited at … Read More

Ellen Frankenstein

Film, 2015 Ellen Frankenstein is an independent filmmaker and media artist. She directs the non-profit, Artchange, Inc. Her current project, an attempt to chronicle our our lives and choices in the time of a digital shift, with a mix of social media, interaction and eventually a film, is called, Frankentweet.  Frankenstein's documentaries include Tracing Roots, Eating Alaska, No Loitering … Read More

2015 Connie Boochever Fellows Announced

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation recently selected four individuals to receive 2015 Connie Boochever Fellowships in the literary and performing arts. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists, with the disciplines awarded alternating between the performing and literary arts, and the visual arts. The five recipients are: Ellen Frankenstein, … Read More

Lance A. (X ‘unei) Twitchell

Literary Arts, 2013 Juneau Lance A. Twitchell carries the Tlingit names X̱'unei & Du Aaní Kawdinook, and the Haida name Ḵ'eijáakw.  He is from the Tlingit, Haida, and Yup'ik native nations, and speaks & studies the Tlingit language. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in American Indian Studies from the … Read More

Lucas Rowley

Alaska Literary Award, 2016 Connie Boochever Award, Literary Arts, 2013 Lucas Rowley was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, and is of Inupiaq, Scottish and Italian descent. He is an award-winning playwright and science fiction author, and has had readings in the last five years in Anchorage, New York City, Los Angeles and Albuquerque. He is a recipient of a Rasmuson Award for literary work … Read More

Allison Warden

Performing Arts, 2013 Anchorage Allison Warden is an Inupiaq performance artist and rapper, whose passion is helping young people explore their own culture… and find their voices and their place in the world. She doesn’t pretend to speak for all Inupiaq – she says they’re not all as weird as she is. Allison raps under the name AKU-MATU. She teaches, performs, writes and raps all over … Read More

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Connie Boochever Award, Literary Arts, 2013 Alaska Literary Award, 2016 Fairbanks Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s first collection, Steam Laundry, won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Women’s Review of Books, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals. Her essays and commentaries appeared in the Anchorage … Read More