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    • Fri, November 03, 2023
    • Sat, March 30, 2024
    • APK


    PAINTING AT THE END OF THE ICE AGE

    The Science of Climate Change from Pole to Pole in Forty Years of Painting by David Rosenthal

    November 3, 2023 - March 30, 2024

    David Rosenthal has painted glaciers for the last 48 years. From the Arctic to Antarctica, his work chronicles the retreat of glaciers and sea ice. Painting at the End of the Ice Age documents the effects of climate change within one lifetime. For the exhibition, Rosenthal worked with a group of scientists from around the world to create interpretive panels that accompany his paintings.

    Rosenthal lives in Cordova, Alaska. Before becoming an artist, he studied physics. He has traveled with the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program, the Antarctic Artist and Writer Program, and the Alaska Artists in the Schools Program. He worked in Greenland at Summit Camp as a contract science tech employed by the National Science Foundation and worked as a science support contractor in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. These experiences inform his art.

    • I noticed my world. My home of Maine, was getting warmer. Summers were hotter and longer, winters were milder and shorter. My evidence for a warming trend was anecdotal, based on my experiences and stories I heard from people who had lived before I was born. In the late seventies, I moved to Alaska and soon after began traveling In the Arctic and in Antarctica. I experienced the same warming trends there. My hope is that these paintings will inspire us to think about what changes we can make to slow the warming of our planet.

       -       David Rosenthal

    Image: Columbia Glacier and Mountains in Mist  by David Rosenthal

    • Fri, December 01, 2023
    • Sat, March 09, 2024
    • APK

    Left: close-up of icebergs, right: camille seaman

    Alaska Positive is the statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum.

    Now in its 53rd year, Alaska Positive continues to encourage photography as an art form in Alaska. Guest juror Camille Seaman believes “art is not only important; it is necessary for us to communicate what is happening with our planet.” Her photographs concentrate on the fragile environment of the polar regions, providing the message: “we are of this Earth, and we only get one.”

    Alaska Positive opens at the Alaska State Museum on December 1, 2023 and runs through March 9, 2024. The exhibition will then travel to museums throughout Alaska.


    • Fri, February 09, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, May 31, 2024
    • Alaska State Office Building

    Free Concert Fridays!

    Enjoy free concerts on the historic Kimball Theatre Organ on Fridays at Noon at the State Office Building, 8th floor lobby. Bring your lunch and enjoy the diversity of music these organists select.

    Though housed in the state office building, the organ is the property of the Alaska State Museum.

    • Fri, March 01, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, May 03, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online


    Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults

    Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm

    Hundreds of rare historical photographs and dozens of entertaining nonfiction short stories bring to life Alaska's history up to 1900. The authors pay homage to the Alaska Natives, trappers, mushers, merchants and prospectors who forged a life in the Last Frontier. Whether one has lived in Alaska all his life, or always wanted to visit, readers will be enthralled by this collection of stories from Alaska's colorful past.

    Written together with her aunt, Alaskan historian Phyllis Downing Carlson, this first volume in the series shows the author's connection to her aunt and her passion for Alaska and history

    Registration is free but required. Register online or by phone at 907-465-2920 to obtain access info.


    • Sat, March 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • APK


    Youth Activity: Chenille Stem Sled Dogs

    Saturday, March 9
    10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm
    Alaska State Museum

    Join Lisa Golisek-Nankervis, retired museum visitor services and facility manager, and create your own chenille stem sled dog team and celebrate the Iditarod. Learn about the history of dog mushing while you visit the museum gallery under the guidance of Lisa and museum staff. This activity is recommended for students grade K-5.

    There will be two sessions, one starting at 10 am and another at 1 pm.

    Registration is encouraged, sign up at lam.alaska.gov/youthart.

    This program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues and sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.


Past events

Fri, March 01, 2024 Lecture with Ben Huff
Fri, March 01, 2024 March First Friday
Fri, March 01, 2024 XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art
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, November 17, 2023 Lecture with Camille Seaman
Sat, November 04, 2023 Youth Activity: Watercolor Landscapes
Fri, November 03, 2023 November First Friday
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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