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David John Angaiak Ends His Artist Residency with Talk at Sheldon Jackson Museum

by LAM Webmaster on 2023-09-07T11:09:15-08:00 in Events, Sheldon Jackson Museum | 0 Comments

David John Angaiak with maskArtist-in-residence David John Anagiak (Yup’ik, Aleut) will wrap up his artist residency at the Sheldon Jackson Museum with an artist talk this Friday, September 8 at 2 pm. The talk, entitled “A Snapshot in Time,” focuses on history’s “great explorers” and their impact on cultural knowledge today.

To reserve a spot to attend the talk in-person, call the museum at (907) 747-8981. This talk will also be streamed on Zoom, and the recording will be available later on the Friends of SJM YouTube channel.

Zoom information
Meeting ID: 840 8703 9179
Passcode: DAVID

Full talk description from David John Angaiak:

Historical efforts to monetize exploration and reconnoiter the strengths and weaknesses of groups who were potentially blocking access to industrial resources, coupled with religious zeal…Were these explorers, philanthropists, and immigrants truly the face of an enemy? Or is it possible their zealous acts may have helped preserve a cultural knowledge from being forgotten in time?

Join contemporary mask maker David John Angaiak as he explores the questions, ‘Today, are we stunted by a snapshot of history provided by the ‘great explorers’ of yesterday…and are we destined to live in a place our forefathers once considered modern?'

David John Angaiak is based in Wasilla, Alaska and describes himself as “a visual artist whose work expresses his Yup’ik Eskimo and Unangan Aleut heritage.“ He often depicts nature from personal experiences centered around bird and sea life encountered along the coasts of his ancestral homeland of Bristol Bay. As a contemporary mask maker, he likes to incorporate both traditional and modern elements. Inspiration for his work comes from a deep desire to keep this art expression alive for future generations. His work is in private collections and owned by Native corporations including Bristol Bay Corp. His art can also be seen at

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Airlines, and private donors. To learn how you can support this vital program that brings culture bearers and artists like David John from all over the state to the museum, visit

Visitors can come to the museum to meet David John and see examples of his fine work most days Monday-Friday, 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm. He will be in-residence until September 8. For specific schedule details, visit the Exhibits and Events page, friendsofsjm.comFOSJM on Facebook, or FOSJM on Instagram

Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are Monday-Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, 1-4:30 pm, closed holidays. Summer admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. For more information on operations, events, or the residency program, contact the museum at (907) 747-8981.

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