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    • Fri, March 01, 2024
    • Sun, September 15, 2024
    • APK


    XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art is a new exhibition at the Alaska State Museum featuring the work of contemporary Alaskan artists. 

    The museum acquired these pieces over the last twenty years though the generosity of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Alaska Art Fund.

    Initiated in 2003, the Alaska Art Fund provides grants for Alaska museums to purchase current work by practicing Alaskan artists.

    Thanks to the Fund, the Alaska State Museum has brought over 200 works of art valued at nearly half a million dollars into its permanent collection—the most significant donation over time, in terms of dollar value, in the museum’s 124-year history.

    XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art opens at the Alaska State Museum on March 1, 2024. 

    • Sun, April 14, 2024
    • Sat, August 31, 2024
    • APK


    Skin-On-Frame Qayak

    AT THE ALASKA STATE MUSEUM SUMMER 2024

    Juneau-based qayaq (kayak) maker Lou Logan will construct an open-sea qayaq at the Alaska State Museum this summer. Logan is making his first skin-on-frame qayaq in the tradition of his Iñupiaq ancestors from Wales, Alaska. His journey to making kayaks began in 2014 while working as a photographer at the museum. The kayaks he saw there inspired him to research Iñupiaq qayat as a way to expand his knowledge about his heritage. Logan’s grandmother was from Kingigin (Wales), Alaska, one of the oldest communities in the Bering Strait region.

    A qayaq frame from King Island is on display in the gallery where Logan will be working. Logan is studying this frame while constructing his own qayaq using anthropometric measurements. This proven system, based on measurements and proportions of the human body, allows for a custom fit made specifically for the paddler.

    Logan does not have a set schedule, but you can see the progression of his qayaq throughout the summer. In the fall, he will give a talk about his process and research on the Southern Iñupiaq qayaq.

    Image: Lou Logan. Photo by Molly Briggs.


    • Fri, May 03, 2024
    • Sat, October 12, 2024
    • APK

    Image: Kaxhatjaa X’óow/Herring Protectors. Created by K’asheechtlaa/Louise Brady, Káakaxaawulga/Jennifer Younger, and Carol Hughey. Herring pattern designed by Kitkun/Charlie Skultka Jr. Photo by Caitlin Blaisdell.

    Protection: Adaptation & Resistance

    Alaska State Museum - Juneau

    May 3 - October 12, 2024 


    Protection: Adaptation & Resistance presents the work of more than 45 Alaska Native artists who explore the climate crisis, social justice, strengthening communities through ancestral knowledge, and imagining a thriving future. 

    Working within intergenerational learning groups and collaborating in vibrant community networks, Alaska's Indigenous artists invigorate traditional stories in customary arts and propose resilient future through design, tattoo, regalia, and graphic arts.  Artist projects elevate collaboration, allyship, and community as tools of resistance, adaptation, and cultural affirmation. Protection explores three themes: Land and Culture Protectors, Activists for Justice and Sovereignty, and Resilient  Futures.

    Artsits Featured in Protection:

    Kaxhatjaa X’óow / Herring Protectors robes: K’asheechtlaa Louise Brady, Káakaxaawulga Jennifer Younger with Carol Hughey and many volunteers. Lingit hats: Ku agoo Linda Starbard, Tanux Gordon James Junior, Rachel Langford Guultlagaay Donna Rae James, Gúut dláayas Devin Hannon. Chilkat Protector Masks: Lily Wooshkindein Da.áat Hope, Sydney Akagi, Davina Drones, Michelle Demmert, Mary Kate Dennis, Shgendootan George, Gabriella George, Shaadootlaa Iyall Hanlon, Ursula Hudson, Donedin Jackson, Melina Meyer, Rae Ann Mills, Debra O’Gara, Laine Rinehart, Jodi Watts. Ghelch’ehi, Dena’ina birchbark baskets: Joel Isaak and Helen McLean. Chickaloonies graphic novel: Dimi Macheras with Casey Silver. Healing Stitches Atikluk installation: Bobby Qalutaksraq Brower, Melissa Ahnoorik Ingersoll, Cassandra Tikasuk Johnson, Qataliña Jackie Schaeffer, Beverly Tuck. Traditional Tattoo Photographs: Sarah Ayaqi Whalen-Lunn, Alice Qannik Glenn, Aviññaq/Danyal Harvey, Bailey Shaeffer, Cynthia Ivan, Kimberlyn Erin Smith, Kunayaq Qaumaluq Hank, Princes Daazharaii Johnson, Talivaaq Qinugana/Jerilynn Wellert. Qulliq seal oil lamps: Kunaq Marjorie Tahbone, Agasuuq Hanna Sholl, Aqugaq Elli Tansy, Britt’Nee Kivliqtaruq Brower, Jackie Qatalina Schaeffer. Tupik Mi, Digital video: Holly Mititquq Nordlum with Michael Conti. How to be a Good Guest: Melissa Shaginoff. Memorial Qaspeq: Amber Webb. We’re Still Here: Naal xak’w/Tommy Joseph. Digital Illustrations: Sarah Ayaqi Whalen-Lunn, Crystal Rose Demientieff Worl, Rico Lanaat’ Worl.

    Protection: Adaptation & Resistance  is a project of the Bunnell Street Arts Center and made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, CIRI Foundation, Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Humanities Foundation, Atwood Foundation.

Past events

Fri, June 21, 2024 Family Fun Fair
Fri, June 07, 2024 Unlocking the Wisdom of an Ancient Canoe
Thu, June 06, 2024 Chilkat Dye Research Results
Sun, May 05, 2024 Exhibit Walk-Through and Workshop - Protection: Adaptation & Resistance
Fri, May 03, 2024 May First Friday
Sat, April 27, 2024 Alaska Robotics Mini-Con
Thu, April 25, 2024 Workshop: Interactive Storytelling Experience with the Creators of Chickaloonies
Fri, April 05, 2024 April First Friday
Mon, April 01, 2024 ... Though the Earth Be Moved
Sat, March 30, 2024 ... Though the Earth Be Moved
Sat, March 09, 2024 Youth Activity: Chenille Stem Sled Dogs
Fri, March 01, 2024 Lecture with Ben Huff
Fri, March 01, 2024 March First Friday
Fri, March 01, 2024 Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Fri, February 09, 2024 Free Friday Concerts
Tue, February 06, 2024 Alaska's Heart Through Student Art
Fri, February 02, 2024 February First Friday
Fri, January 19, 2024 Artist Talk with Inupiaq Fashion Designer Bobby Brower
Fri, January 05, 2024 January First Friday
Fri, December 01, 2023 December Gallery Walk
Fri, December 01, 2023 Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Fri, December 01, 2023 Alaska Positive
Fri, November 17, 2023 Lecture with Camille Seaman
Sat, November 04, 2023 Youth Activity: Watercolor Landscapes
Fri, November 03, 2023 November First Friday
Fri, November 03, 2023 Painting at the End of the Ice Age
Sat, October 14, 2023 Friends Gala - October 14th
Fri, October 06, 2023 October First Friday
Sat, September 30, 2023 Con Brio Presents Violinist Franz Felkl In Recital
Sat, September 09, 2023 Youth Activity for Ages 12 - 18: Learn to Paint Gaming Miniatures
Fri, August 18, 2023 Free Friday Concerts
Tue, July 18, 2023 Where the Far North Meets the Southwest
Fri, June 30, 2023 Raktenga Elaine Kingeekuk Lecture
Fri, June 23, 2023 Family Fun Fair
Sat, June 10, 2023 Natural Dye Workshop for Youth
Sat, May 13, 2023 Alaska Robotics Minicon
Sat, May 06, 2023 Bear Gut Workshop with Dr. Sven Haakanson Jr.
Fri, May 05, 2023 May First Friday
Fri, April 28, 2023 Virtual Story Hour for Adults
Sat, April 15, 2023 Sinew Workshop and Lecture with Artist Coral Chernoff
Thu, April 06, 2023 April First Friday
Sat, March 18, 2023 Juneau Brass at APK
Sat, March 04, 2023 Free Youth Activity for Grades 6-12
Fri, March 03, 2023 March First Friday
Fri, March 03, 2023 Visceral: Verity Legacy Identity
Sat, February 11, 2023 Con Brio at APK!
Fri, February 03, 2023 February First Friday
Fri, February 03, 2023 Prayer Makers - Ecological Relics by Jannah Sexton Atkins
Fri, January 06, 2023 January First Friday
Sat, December 03, 2022 Youth Activity with Gail Priday
Fri, December 02, 2022 December Gallery Walk
Fri, December 02, 2022 Up Close and Under Foot by Gail Priday
Sat, November 19, 2022 Con Brio at APK!
Thu, November 17, 2022 Alaskan Newspapers and the Holocaust: History Unfolded
Thu, November 17, 2022 Americans and the Holocaust Research Sprint
Fri, November 04, 2022 November First Friday
Fri, November 04, 2022 Midnight at the Fireworks Stand by Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit
Wed, November 02, 2022 Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Sat, October 08, 2022 Last Day for Mug Up!
Fri, October 07, 2022 October First Friday
Sat, September 24, 2022 Con Brio at APK!
Fri, September 02, 2022 September First Friday
Wed, June 29, 2022 Family Fair at APK
Wed, June 08, 2022 Weavers' Gathering!
Sat, June 04, 2022 Youth Activity for 2nd-6th Graders with See Stories
Fri, June 03, 2022 June First Friday
Tue, May 31, 2022 Teen Film Workshop with See Stories
Fri, May 27, 2022 Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Sat, May 07, 2022 Mug Up at Juneau Maritime Festival
Fri, May 06, 2022 Mug Up Lecture Series
Fri, May 06, 2022 May First Friday
Sat, April 23, 2022 Watercolor Maps with Rachelle Bonnett
Fri, April 01, 2022 April First Friday
Fri, April 01, 2022 Mug Up: The Language of Work
Fri, March 04, 2022 March First Friday
Sat, February 26, 2022 Sanctuary by Allie High
Sat, February 05, 2022 Chilkat Robe: Process and Weaving Artist Talk with Laine Rinehart (Tlingit)
Sat, January 29, 2022 Exhibit Walk Through with Ben Huff
Sat, January 22, 2022 Earring Making with Jessica Towns (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq)
Fri, January 21, 2022 Alaska State Library and Talking Book Center Present: Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Sat, November 20, 2021 Youth Activity with Ben Huff
Sat, October 02, 2021 SWAY Closing Events
Sat, June 19, 2021 Youth Activity for ages 8-18: Chilkat Tassels with Lily Hope
Sat, May 08, 2021 SWAY Lectures
Sat, May 08, 2021 About Spirit Wraps Around You
Fri, May 07, 2021 Virtual Dedication of The Spirit Wraps Around You: Northern Northwest Coast Native Textiles
Fri, December 04, 2020 Mitch Did This³
Fri, June 05, 2020 First Friday - June [online]
Sat, October 19, 2019 Mask-Erade
Fri, October 04, 2019 First Friday – October
Sun, September 22, 2019 An Evening with Ray Troll

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