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Exhibits & Events at Sheldon Jackson Museum

Artist-in-Residence Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Iñupiaq)

Lisa Lynch wearing necklace and earrings she madeJune 11 - July 2

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce the arrival of the first artist in the 2024 Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Iñupiaq). Lisa is a beader, painter, skin sewer, and ivory carver. She will be creating art at the museum June 11 through July 2, Monday through Friday most days. During her residency, she will focus on beadwork and painting, teach a beginner’s beading class, and offer three artist talks.

Lynch is a self-described member of the Nome Eskimo Community from Anchorage, Alaska. Her parents are Cheryl and Tim Lynch of Nome and Buffalo, New York. Her maternal grandparents are the late Lawrence and Mary Ann Davis of Deering and Teller, Alaska. Her paternal grandparents are the late Robert and Ellen Lynch of Buffalo. Lynch has spent summers in Nome with her extended family learning about her culture and traditions. She has also spent time in the summer visiting her father’s family in upstate New York and traveling the East Coast. She studied art history and classical studies in Rome for four years, where she learned to appreciate art and the depth of emotion it carries. After that, she studied to become an EMT here in Alaska. She is currently a pre-med student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Beginner's Beading Class

beaded keychainThursday, June 13 & 20, 2-3:30 pm
Sheldon Jackson Museum

Artist-in-residence Lisa Kamahamak Lynch will teach students ages 10+ how to make either a beaded keychain or a pair of beaded earrings. Lisa will provide material packets the first day of class. The class is free, but a $10 materials fee applies. Students should make a check out to Lisa Lynch at the time of sign up. To register, call (907) 747-8981 or stop by the museum. Space is limited.

Beadwork: A Quiet Luxury

Friday, June 14, 2 pm
Sheldon Jackson Museum and online

In this artist talk, Lisa Kamahamak Lynch will demystify and clear up any misconceptions about how to find and buy indigenous made artwork, clothing, and jewelry.

Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83384356740?pwd=Mk5EMkZsWjdhMVZDV3l3eWhOVDVDQT09

Meeting ID: 833 8435 6740
Passcode: Lynch

History of Reindeer Herding in Alaska

Friday, June 21, 2-3 pm
Sheldon Jackson Museum and on Zoom

In this presentation, artist-in-residence Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Inupiaq) will share how Sheldon Jackson introduced reindeer from traditional Sámi land to Alaska, the connection between Alaska and the Sami people, and how Alaska Natives adapted to reindeer herding.

She will also talk about the rich culture around reindeer herding that sprang up in a relatively short time.

Finally, she will discuss how “Alaska was almost the 'cattle king' of the United States until the government began to place heavy roadblocks for indigenous people to sell the reindeer meat commercially and how this impacted the entire state.”

Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81016158497?pwd=NURhSjRCWGJ4YTR0MGdIdU1WL092Zz09

Meeting ID: 810 1615 8497
Passcode: reindeer

Artist Talk on a selection of artifacts from the Sheldon Jackson Museum

Sheldon Jackson Museum and on Zoom
Thursday, June 27, 2-3 pm

Artist-in-residence Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Inupiaq) will give a presentation on a selection of artifacts from the Sheldon Jackson Museum. 

Zoom Details:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86943122492?pwd=U0RlODgrRElud1Z3cFJCcTh4ZHgrUT09

Meeting ID: 869 4312 2492
Passcode: Lynch

Upcoming Classes

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce that it will host the following artists this summer and fall through the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program:

  • Lisa Kamahamak Lynch, Inupiaq painter and beader (June 11-July 2)
  • Neva Mathias, Cup’ik grass weaver and dance fan maker (July 23-August 11)
  • James G̱ooch Éesh Hart, Lingit carver (August 20-September 8)
  • Tina Cupell'aq Harness, Mixed Yup’ik beader (September 12-October 2)
  • Denali Taniilux̂ McGlashan, Unangax painter (October 3-24)   

Resident artists will create art at the museum, study the permanent collection, give talks, and offer hands-on-classes. Classes are offered at the museum free of charge, although some have materials fees to help cover costs. Some classes are open to youth and adults while others are for 18+. All classes require advance registration. Space is limited. To register, call the museum at (907) 747-8981.

Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Inupiaq) will teach a beginner’s beading class compromised of two Thursday sessions on June 13 & 20, 2-3:30 pm both days. Lynch will teach students ages 10+ how to make either a beaded keychain or a pair of beaded earrings. The class is free, but there is a $10 materials fee. A check made out to Lisa Lynch is due at the time of sign up. Lisa will provide material packets the first day of class. 

Neva Mathias (Cup’ik) will teach adults how to make small grass dance fans. The class will take place over six sessions: Friday, July 26, Thursday, August 1 and August 2, 11 am-12 pm and 2-3:30 pm each day. Be prepared to attend all six sessions if you sign up. A check made out to Neva Mathias for $25 is due when you sign up to help cover the cost of materials. Neva will provide a material packet the first day of class.

James (G̱ooch Éesh) Hart (Lingit) will teach students teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast formline drawing. This class is compromised of two sessions on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21, 2-3:30 pm both days. The class is open to ages 14+. Youth need to be accompanied by an adult.  

Tina Cupell'aq Harness (Mixed Yup’ik) will teach a beaded earring class on Thursday, September 19, 9 am-12 pm and 1:30-3:30 pm. The class is for ages 12+. Youth should be accompanied by adults. A check made out to Tina Harness for $50 is due when you sign up.

Denali McGlashan (Unangax) will offer a watercolor painting class on Friday, October 11,1:30-3:30 pm. Students are asked to bring their own rock, shell, leaf, flower, or other natural item to paint. The class is for ages 12+ and youth need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no materials fee, but please purchase a watercolor set (for $12.90) in advance from https://www.risdstore.com/koh-i-noor-watercolor-wheel-stack-pack.html?id=55179320.

For more information or questions about any of the above classes, visit the museum or call (907) 747-8981.  

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is underwritten by the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and is made possible with support from the Friends, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska Airlines, the Baranov Lodge, and private donors. To find out how to support the residency program or for future calendars of events, visit friendsofsjm.com.

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