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Exhibits & Events at Sheldon Jackson Museum

September Native Artist Residency Calendar

Native Artist-in-Residence Selina Alexander (Koyukon Athabascan)

Selina selfieSeptember 14-October 5
Most weekdays, 9 am-noon and 2-4 pm

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce the third artist-in-residence of 2023, Selina Alexander (Koyukon Athabascan). Alexander is a beader, caribou tufter, and sewer specializing in moose and bear bladder bags and moose hide garments. Alexander was raised on the Yukon River between Ruby and Galena until age nine and then lived north of Huslia. She and her family lived a subsistence life of hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening. A subsistence lifestyle and routine practice of crafting and sewing at home led her to become the artist she is today.

For more information on when Alexander is working at the museum or details about the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, call (907) 747-8981.

Artist Talk with Selina Alexander

Thursday, September 28, 2-3 pm
Sheldon Jackson Museum and on Zoom

Alaska Native artist-in-residence Selena Alexander will give a talk on “Learning Art Forms.” She will share how she came to be a beader, porcupine quill worker, caribou tufter, and skin and fur sewer.

To reserve a spot to attend the talk in-person, call the museum at (907) 747-8981. This talk will also be streamed on Zoom. A recording will be available later on the Friends of SJM YouTube channel.

Zoom information
Meeting ID: 895 9860 0094
Passcode: SELINA

Earring Making Class with Selina Alexander

porcupine quill earringsOctober 4-5, 9:30 am-12 pm
Sheldon Jackson Museum (in-person only)

Alexander’s earring making class is free, but there is a $25 materials fee due when you sign up. Students should plan to attend classes both days. Space is limited. Call the museum at (907) 747-8981 to reserve a spot.

Native Artist-in-Residence Golga Paul Oscar (Yup’ik)

Golga Oscar with garments in backgroundOctober 6-28
Most days Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm

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.

Indigenous Peoples Day & Golga Oscar Talk

October 9
Sheldon Jackson Museum and on Zoom

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.

Zoom information
Meeting ID: 860 6282 6605
Passcode: GOLGA

Apply for Winter Lecture/Culture Share Series

Check out our Artist Opportunites page to learn more. Apply to give a presentation on Zoom! Applications are due October 20.

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