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Sheldon Jackson Museum Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Abel Ryan (Tsimshian)

by Amy Carney on 2019-06-07T16:42:29-08:00 in Museums | Comments

Abel Ryan carves details into a wooden sculpture that has a face.The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce that artist-in-residence Abel Ryan (Tsimshian) has begun his residency at the museum. Ryan will be in residence at the museum and working in the gallery most days until July 20th. While here, he will teach a two-part drum making class on June 8th and June 15th and give a presentation on the carving of his first totem pole on Saturday, July 20th at 3pm. In addition to working in the museum gallery, Abel will be working with the museum’s partner, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and teaching their middle and high school students.

Abel is a member of the Laxiboo Clan of Metlakatla. He studied Tsimshian Arts from Master Carver Jack Hudson in Metlakatla as a child and later went on to attend Sheldon Jackson College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A wood carver and metal engraver, he enjoys making masks bowls, spoons, bracelets, rattles, earrings, pendants, and painting. Last year, a retrospective of Ryan’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Juneau Douglas City Museum. A full time artist who has been in residence many times at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, he currently lives in Juneau, AK.

For more details about the days and times Ryan will be at the museum or for questions about his class or presentations, please call (907) 747-8981. To view all events related to the Native Artist Residency Program, visit the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page or the Alaska State Museum website.

The Native Artist Residency Program is made possible through the support of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Alaska Airlines, the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and private donations.

Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m daily. The museum is closed holidays. Summer admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Please contact the museum for more information at 907.747.8981.

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