Department of Education and Early Development
Alaska State Libraries, Archives, & Museums
The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce that the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum have been awarded a grant in the amount of $29,665 from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX- NG) Fund to support the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program. The funding will provide invaluable support for the Sheldon Jackson Museum and Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum to host up to ten Alaska Native artists-in-residence in 2018 and 2019.
This summer, the LEX-NG grant will be used to support four Alaska Native artists-in-residence who will work in the Sheldon Jackson Museum Gallery and provide free hands-on classes teaching their art forms, give lectures, engage with visitors, and share their process through creating artwork at the museum. While creating in an open-studio sort of setting, the artists will discuss their techniques, inspiration, methodologies, and share information about their art and themselves to connect museums visitors to their culture. Artists will also be paid to study the Sheldon Jackson Museum’s permanent collection on exhibit and in collections storage, providing them a chance to examine material culture created by their ancestors.
The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program this summer will include four artists. Participating artists include Tlingit weaver, textile artist and beader Chloe French (June 8th -30th), Tsimshian carver and silver engraver Abel Ryan (June 30th-July 21st), Tlingit Chilkat weaver Lily Hope (July 26th-Aug. 12th), and Inupiaq ivory, bone and wood carver Jimmy Carlisle (Aug. 22nd-Sept. 8th). Both Chloe French and Abel Ryan will be co-hosted by the museum with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
In addition to artists creating their art in the gallery or lobby areas, this year’s residency program will include a variety of artist-led lectures and hands-on-classes at the museum. The special artist- residency events include: a free Artist Talk entitled, “Stories & Myth – Keeping them Alive Today,” a presentation about incorporating storytelling and myths in artwork by Chloe French on Saturday, June 16th at 2pm, a free Tlingit dance bib making class taught by Chloe French from 1:30-4pm on Saturday, June 23rd; a free block printing class taught by Abel Ryan on Saturday, July 7th from 2-3pm; an Artist Talk entitled “Faces in Wood” by Abel Ryan on Saturday, July 14th at 10am; an Artist Residency Recap Talk with Abel Ryan on Saturday, July 21st at 2pm; an Artist Talk on Chilkat and Ravenstail Weaving on Saturday, July 28th at 2pm, and a Ravenstail earring making class in two parts beginning Saturday, Aug. 4th from 10:30am until 12pm and on Saturday, Aug. 11th from 10:30am until 12pm, and an Artist Residency Recap Talk at 2pm by Lily Hope; and an Artist Talk entitled, “Life on King Island” by Jimmy Carlisle on Saturday, Sept. 8th at 2pm. All of the lectures and classes are free and open to the public, but all classes require advance registration and for students to obtain materials prior to the first day. Some classes have age and
space limitations. For the materials list and to sign up or for any further details on the residency program, people may call (907) 747-8981.
To view events related to the Native Artist Residency Program, visit the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page or the Alaska State Museum website at http://museums.alaska.gov/sheldon_jackson/sjnativedemos.html .
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, Tuesday through Saturday. 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.
For additional information about the LEX-NG fund go to https://www.expeditions.com/why-us/global-stewardship/ .
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