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ASM Exhibitions & Events

Cooler Seasons, Warming World Series

Fall/Winter Speaker Series at Alaska State Museum, Sheldon Jackson Museum, and on Zoom

Juneau Icefield Research Program Camp 17Ben Huff

Friday, March 1, 6:30 pm

Artist and photographer Ben Huff will give the final talk in the Alaska State Museum’s winter lecture series Cooler Seasons, Warming World. Huff's talk will be on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 pm in the APK lecture hall. He will discuss his current photography series, The Light That Got Lost, and his work with the Juneau Icefield Research Program, the longest-running glacier research project in North America.

Huff has exhibited nationally, including two solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum. Those exhibits, The Last Road North and Atomic Island, were published as monographs by Kehrer Verlag and Fw:Books. Huff was an artist-in-residence at Lightwork in Syracuse New York in 2014, was awarded a Rasmuson Fellowship in 2016, and received an Alaska Humanities Forum grant in 2015 and 2016. His editorial clients include The New York Times, T Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Much of Huff’s work explores the nexus of wilderness and the built environment.

Previous lectures in the Cooler Seasons, Warming World series are available online:

David Rosenthal
Painting at the End of the Ice Age

Camille Seaman
Connection & Purpose

Sabena Allen
Share Your Culture, Share Your Research

XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art

Twenty Years of Alaskan Art Supported by the Rasmuson Foundation Alaska Art FundOpening Friday, March 1, 4:30-7 pm

XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art is a new exhibition at the Alaska State Museum featuring the work of contemporary Alaskan artists. The exhibit opens Friday, March 1.

The museum acquired these pieces over the last twenty years though the generosity of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Alaska Art Fund.

Initiated in 2003, the Alaska Art Fund provides grants for Alaska museums to purchase current work by practicing Alaskan artists.

Thanks to the Fund, the Alaska State Museum has brought over 200 works of art valued at nearly half a million dollars into its permanent collection—the most significant donation over time, in terms of dollar value, in the museum’s 124-year history.

The Alaska Art Fund is managed by Museums Alaska and has donated over $6.7 million dollars to museums statewide for the purchase of art.

Alaska Positive 2023

tan jacket hangs on line with arms extended against big blue sky with clouds and expansive horizon

Opens December 1, 4:30-7 pm, free admission
Alaska State Museum

Now in its 53rd year, Alaska Positive is a juried photography exhibit featuring entries from across the state. It runs through March 9, 2024 and then travels to museums around Alaska.

Juried by documentary and fine art photographer Camille Seaman, the exhibit presents a selection of 35 photographs from 24 photographers.

Image: Field Jacket, photograph by Matt Johnson

Painting at the End of the Ice Age

painting of glacier and mountainsNovember 3, 2023-March 30, 2024

David Rosenthal has painted glaciers for the last 48 years. From the Arctic to Antarctica, his work chronicles the retreat of glaciers and sea ice. Painting at the End of the Ice Age documents the effects of climate change within one lifetime. For this exhibition, Rosenthal worked with a group of scientists from around the world to create interpretive panels that accompany his paintings.

David Rosenthal lives in Cordova. Before becoming an artist, he studied physics. He has traveled with the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program, the Antarctic Artist and Writer Program, and the Alaska Artists in the Schools Program. He worked in Greenland at Summit Camp as a contract science tech employed by the National Science Foundation and worked as science support contractor in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. These experiences inform his art.

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