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Indigenous Peoples Day is October 9. As part of the celebrations, the Sheldon Jackson Museum will offer free admission. The museum will be open 10 am-3 pm that day. Artist-in-residence Golga Paul Oscar (Yup’ik) will give a talk on “Indigenizing the Mind in Western Spaces” at 1 pm. To reserve a spot to attend the talk in-person, call the museum at (907) 747-8981. The talk will also be streamed live on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 860 6282 6605
Golga Oscar is a Yup’ik artist from Southwest Alaska. Oscar is a self-taught artist who pursues modern textiles that reflect his cultural identity. He seeks to revitalize his ancestral work with a mix of contemporary materials and design. Oscar has been exploring different mediums ranging from leather/skin sewing to grass weaving and walrus ivory/wood carving. A strong cultural identity is evident in his work. Through his knowledge of traditional art forms and sewing skills, he creates cultural attire that becomes a vital visual element in his photographic imagery. Some of Oscar’s work is in permanent collections at the Anchorage Museum, the Burke Museum in Washington, and the International Folk Art Museum in New Mexico.
Oscar’s images portray portraits of Indigenous people to show the world the importance of Native heritage and the validity of their existence. He is striving towards Indigenizing spaces in this Western environment.
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 Golga from all over the state to the museum, visit www.friendsofsjm.com.
Visitors can come to the museum to meet Golga and see examples of his fine work most days Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm. He will be in-residence October 6-28. For specific schedule details, visit the Exhibits and Events page, friendsofsjm.com, FOSJM on Facebook, or FOSJM on Instagram.
Summer hours (in effect through September 30) 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. Starting October 1, the museum will be open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm and Tuesday by appointment only. For more information on operations, events, or the residency program, contact the museum at (907) 747-8981.
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