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Celebrating 30 Years of the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program

by Amy Carney on 2018-05-17T11:07:00-08:00 in Events, Museums | Comments

The Sheldon Jackson Museum and Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum invite the public to attend “Celebrating 30 Years of the Native Artist Residency Program: A Look Back,” a special presentation celebrating three decades of hosting Alaska Native artists creating art, giving hands-on classes and lectures, studying the permanent collection, and sharing their culture, traditions, and heritage with Sheldon Jackson Museum visitors.  The presentation will be given on Sat., May 26th at 2pm at the museum by the founder of the artist residency program and former museum curator, Rosemary Carlton, and current curator, Jacqueline Fernandez-Hamberg.  Images of the many talented artists, who have come from every region of Alaska, including cities and villages near and far, and samples of their artwork including beading, wood and ivory carving, weaving, textile art, skin sewing, doll making, silver engraving, painting, and more will be shown.

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum thank the many artists who have participated in the residency and the many sponsors of the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, which has included the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Airlines, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn, the Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Community Folk Life Program, the Sitka Charitable Trust, various cruise ship companies, and most recently, the National Geographic Society/ Lindblad Expedition Fund. The Friends and museum are also grateful for the many partners, which have included the Sitka Fine Arts Camp as a co-host, Sitka Sound Science Center, and Sitka Public schools. 

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am until 4:30pm and closed holidays. Admission will be waived to attendees of the presentation on the 26th.  Admission is typically $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for ages 18 and under and to those with a Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum or Alaska State Museum membership.

Please call (907) 747-8981 with any questions.

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