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Exhibits and Events

    • Fri, March 03, 2023
    • Mon, October 09, 2023
    • APK


    March 3 - October 9, 2023

    A series of three interrelated V 9sceral exhibitions explore contemporary and historical Alaska Native issues, spotlighting gut as a material used to express Indigenous voices.

    Visceral: Verity opens Friday, March 3, 2023 as the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs. Her mixed-media work employs both natural and synthetic materials and draws attention to questions of authentic experience, truth, abuse, transparency, and credibility. Sonya is one of the few artists who work in the endangered art of marine mammal gut.

    Visceral: Legacy opens Friday, May 5 as a further interpretation of Sonya’s solo exhibition themes through objects that she and fellow gut enthusiast and Alaska State Museum conservator Ellen Carrlee chose from the museum’s permanent collection. As a guest curator, Sonya brings the richness of her childhood in Nome, her international career as an artist, her life in Anchorage, and her insights as a person of Iñupiaq, Athabascan, and European heritage.

    Visceral: Identity, which also opens Friday May 5, features a selection of gut parkas from across Alaska to highlight the technical and historical aspects of this remarkable material in cross-cultural perspective. Ellen and Sonya explore the latest (analytical and social science) research examining this medium and why gut remains a significant material for key relationships in Alaska.

    These three galleries will be open through the summer 2023 season, augmented by special workshops and lectures, and closing in mid-October 2023.

    Image: Detail of cuffs and seam from an Alutiiq/Sugpiaq raincoat.

    • Fri, August 18, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, December 29, 2023
    • Alaska State Office Building

    The Kimball Theatre Organ, on the eighth floor of the State Office Building, has been serviced and is once again performing with the help of organists J Allan MacKinnon and TJ Duffy on Fridays at 12:00pm, now through December. 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.

    • Sat, September 30, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • APK

    Saturday, September 30, 2023, 2 pm
    APK Atrium

    Franz Felkl, violinist and Juneau Symphony concertmaster, will perform a recital of music for violin, accompanied by pianist Sue Kazama. Works include Bach, Beethoven, Pärt, Ravel, de Falla, and more.

    Born and raised in Juneau, Felkl studied with Guo Xia and Linda Rosenthal. He received a bachelor’s degrees in violin and music education at UAF and a masters in violin performance at the Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
    In addition to concertmaster, Franz also leads the Juneau Symphony Prelude Orchestra, and most recently, he became the general music teacher at Kax̲dig̲oowu Héen Elementary where he is proud to be a part of the Haa Tóo Yéi Yatee program. Con Brio is honored to present a recital by one of Juneau’s most talented musicians.  For more information contact Con Brio Chamber Series.

    • Fri, October 06, 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • APK

     Stop by for October First Friday!

    The Alaska State Museum is open with FREE admission for First Friday from 4:30-7:00pm. 

    Melanie brown will welcome us in with music in the atrium at 5pm

    * This is the last weekend for Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity - Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance. 

    * There will be a panel discussion at 6:30 in the lecture hall with Sonya Kelliher-Combs and others.

    • Sat, October 14, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • APK

    It’s a Gala! 

    On Saturday, October 14th from 4-6 pm join us for some fun fundraising!  *Partake in music by Trio Ballaenae (Sally Schlichting, flute, Kelly Sixt oboe, William Todd Hunt, clarinet).
    *Hors d'oeuvres, and a no host bar will be provided by V's Cellar Door.
    *View some of the art you have helped to buy, as 
    FoSLAM members, and raise funds to continue to add to the collections.
    * Behind the scenes tour by museum staff(requires a separate ticket)
    * Story Time for adults in the Library with librarian Freya Anderson

    Members receive a discount on tickets. When buying tickets, the member discount code is:  foslamgala.    Member tickets will be $40 for the Gala, and an additional $60 for a tour (nonmember tickets are $50 for the Gala and $75 for a tour).

    If you're not a member, you can join here

    Tickets for the Gala — and  a limited number of tickets for the special “Behind the Scenes” tour are on sale at the JAHC.

      See you there!

    • Fri, November 24, 2023
    • Fri, December 01, 2023
    • APK

    FoSLAM will be sponsoring public markets for artists and writers this winter.

    The APK Artists market will be held November 24 and 25th. The Market at Gallery Walk will be December 1st.

    Artists and writers can apply for space online beginning in September. 

    • 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.

Past events

Sat, September 09, 2023 Youth Activity for Ages 12 - 18: Learn to Paint Gaming Miniatures
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
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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