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Artist Opportunities

Alaska State Museum

Raven's Tail tunic with sleeves
Woven by Kay Field Parker
Solo Exhibition 2012

Solo artist exhibitions

Every two years the Alaska State Museum solicits Alaskan artists to submit their portfolios for solo exhibitions. This year the museum's review committee reviewed 58 submittals from artists across the state and selected eight individuals to show their work. The first of this series of solo exhibits will open in March 2017. The series will conclude in the spring of 2019. Dates for the individual exhibitions are still being arranged with the artists. The selected artists are:

  • Sara Tabbert – printmaker and sculptor from Fairbanks
  • Linda Infante Lyons – painter from Anchorage
  • Carmel Anderson – installation artist from Ketchikan
  • Daniel Papke – painter from Skagway
  • Amy Meissner – quilter from Anchorage
  • Charles Rohrbacher – icon painter from Juneau
  • Annette Bellamy – sculptor from Halibut Cove
  • Donald Varnell – Haida carver and mixed media artist from Ketchikan

Past Exhibitions

Alaska Positive statewide juried photographic exhibition

Butchering the Whale photograph
Taken by Loren Holmes
Juror's Choice Award
Alaska Positive 2012

Alaska Positive 2016, a biennial exhibition of Alaska photography sponsored by the Alaska State Museum. Now in its 46th year, Alaska Positive encourages photography as an art form in Alaska. Deadline for this year's competition is September 30, 2016. Entries will be juried by nationally renowned photographer, Larry McNeil. Alaska Positive 2016 will be on open at the Alaska State Museum on November 4th. A statewide tour follows. In addition to receiving recognition for their work, photographers whose photos are selected for Alaska Positive 2016 will compete for several cash awards. McNeil will bestow one Juror's Choice award for $300, and two $150 Awards of Recognition. The awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum. McNeil will also select some photographs for Honorable Mention.

Past Exhibitions

Sheldon Jackson Museum

Alaska Native Artist Residency Program

Since 1988, summer visitors to the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka have enjoyed the opportunity to meet Alaska Native artists-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. The artists discuss their culture, artwork, and creative process with visitors as they work in the gallery and give lectures and hands-on workshops and lead other public programs of their own design.

Alaska Native artists-in-residence are selected on a competitive basis in the spring. For an application or answers to questions about the program, contact the Sheldon Jackson Museum curator by calling 907-747-8904 or e-mailing Jackie Hamberg.

Individuals interested in making a donation to the residency program should contact Mary Boose of the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum by calling 907-747-6233 or emailing Friends of SJM.

For information on the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, read our NARP press release or download our NARP information packet [PDF].

To apply for the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, download an application [PDF], fill it out, and submit by email to SJM Curator Jackie Hamberg.

Other opportunities

Exhibitions curated by other museums in Alaska

Page last updated 03/04/2019