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The Alaska State Museum participates in Virtual First Friday: Alaska Positive now available online

by LAM Webmaster on 2020-04-30T09:01:29-08:00 in Alaska State Museum, Events | Comments

Self. Black and white self portrait of the photographer.

In-person First Friday openings in Juneau are temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However the Alaska State Museum is participating in Virtual First Friday, organized by the Juneau Arts & Humanities CouncilAlaska Positive will be available online on the Alaska State Museum’s website beginning at 4:30 p.m. on First Friday.

Now in its 49th year, Alaska Positive is a statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum. Its purpose is to encourage the practice of photography as an art form in Alaska.  Alaska Positive was on exhibit at the Alaska State Museum December 6, 2019 through February 15, 2020. A statewide tour follows, the exhibition will travel to museums throughout Alaska.

The juror for Alaska Positive was David Michael Kennedy, whose photographic career spans over 50 years. His works are held in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute.  Kennedy selected 38 photographs by 26 photographers for the exhibit. Overall, 202 photographs were submitted by Alaskan photographers for the competition.  The top award, the Juror’s Choice, went to Cody Swanson of Anchorage for the photograph titled Dipnetters.  The Awards of Recognition went to Mike Gates of Ketchikan for Self, and Iris Korhonen-Penn of Juneau for Auke Lake, Bunchberry, Eagle Beach, and Lincoln Island. These awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.

Alaska Positive juror, David Michael Kennedy gave a lecture at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, November 15. The lecture was recorded for later broadcast by 360North in partnership with our local radio station KTOO. It is also available to watch on 360North’s YouTube site.

For a fun student activity to try at home, make a camera obscura.  Instructions on the museum’s website.

Illustration of a homemade camera obscura showing how a tree appears upside down.


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