Linda Larson, Hoonah Sound, acrylic on canvas. Alaska Contemporary Art Bank piece, currently on loan to Superior Court Judge Saxby's courtroom in Anchorage.

July 2012 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Governor's Awards for the Arts Nominations
State Writer Laureate Nominations Open
Recent Grant Awards
NEA offers Arts Education Funding
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Professional Development, Education, Workshop Opportunities
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Alaska Summer Festivals
Alaska USA Projects online Now!
ASCA Important Dates
Join Our Mailing List!

Grant Deadlines

September 1: Career Opportunity, Workshop, Community Arts Development, Master Artist and Apprentice, Walker Arts grants 


November 1: 

FY13 Round II Artist in Schools Grants 


December 1: Career Opportunity, Workshop, Community Arts Development, Master Artist and Apprentice, Walker Arts, Cultural Collaborations Project Grants 


To apply go to 

Calls for Art on CaFE
Now the online application site for all ASCA Calls for (CaFE) From our main page click on Artist Opportunities for more information.
Looking for Work in the Arts?
 Look no further - here is a great listing of available positions in all areas - museums, performing arts and galleries.  
First Friday Art Events in Alaska
Anchorage Daily News

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council

Homer Tribune

Fairbanks Daily News Miner
Quick Links
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If you have an article, short notice, call for art or request for proposal that you would like us to consider including in our next newsletter, contact Laura Forbes at
A Note From Shannon

I am so pleased to announce that the Alaska State Council on the Arts has gone social! Please "like" us on Facebook at We look forward to sharing up-to-the-minute news of arts happenings throughout Alaska and using this technology to foster and deepen the connections we have with communities throughout the state. If your organization has a facebook page that we should "like" please let us know.


We are also working on a number of other technology-related projects, so stay tuned for more news on that front in the coming months!

Governor's Awards for the Arts Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Governor's Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. Deadline for nominations is August 31, 2012.


Awards will be presented at the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities to be held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.  Award recipients will be selected from among nominees by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, based on nominees submitted by the public.


Criteria for the 2012 Arts Awards


Arts Education: (individual or organization) Dedication to providing Alaska young people with quality arts education, through artist residencies, arts curriculum or arts experiences.  Advocacy, commitment to arts education,  statewide or broad community impact and recognition of peers.


Individual Artist: Artistic leadership, distinction and merit; Recognition of artistic contribution to the state or community through previous honors and awards, reviews or articles; Longevity of impact to state or community;


Arts Organization: Visionary and innovative leadership; statewide impact and collaboration with other organizations; stability and longevity of the organization.


Native Arts:  (organization or individual) outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Alaska's Native arts and cultural heritage or significant impact of artistic contribution which advances the culture.


Nomination forms are available on the Council's website, at Go to the homepage, and look for the nomination form under "What's New." For more information, contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 1.888.278.7424 or 907.269.6610.


State Writer Laureate Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2012-2014 Alaska State Writer Laureate. Eligibility is open to Alaskan writers from all genres who, throughout their careers, have demonstrated:

  • Literary excellence and mastery in style, form, and genre;
  • Exemplary professionalism and exceptional talent in published works;
  • Service to Alaskan communities and a commitment to the advancement of the Literary Arts in Alaskan communities;
  • A history of providing public presentations or teaching;
  • A significant body of published work in Alaska.


The next State Writer Laureate will be announced at the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities to be held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The Alaska State Council on the Arts will review the nominations and select the State Writer Laureate.

About The Alaska State Writer Laureate Program


About the Alaska State Writer Laureate Program

In the early 1960s, the Juneau Poetry Society created the Poet Laureate Program to honor an Alaska poet and the genre of poetry. Since then, the program has evolved into the Alaska State Writer Laureate program, the only program in the U.S. that honors all genres of writing.


Every two years, the Alaska State Council on the Arts solicits nominations for this honorary, unpaid position. We appreciate the commitment and passion that the selected State Writers have brought to Alaska during their respective terms. As illustrated by the names of the people who have held this position in the recent past (a complete list is on our website) it is obvious that this title, while voluntary, is one that is critical not only to the citizens of Alaska, but also to the field of writers and readers who nominate and choose these individuals.


2012 - 2014 State Writer Nomination Form

Deadline: August 31, 2012


The 2012 - 2014 State Writer Nomination Form can be found on the homepage of our website at . Look for the "What's New" section. The form must be received together as one nomination packet sent to: Alaska State Council on the Arts, 161 Klevin St., #102, Anchorage, AK 99508 or e-mailed as one PDF to: by 4pm on or before Friday August 31, 2012.

FY13 First Quarter Grant Award Announcement

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce recent grant awards of $389,200 in Operating Support grants, $90,800 for Artists in Schools Round 1 grants, $51,000 in Community Arts Development grants, $9,400 in Career Opportunity grants, $3,400 in Workshop grants and $2,000 in Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations.


A few examples of awarded projects include the Island Institute in Sitka, Sara Tabbert of Fairbanks, and the Hearts and Hands Project in Unalaska.  


The Island Institute received a Community Arts Development Grant to support five month-long writer residencies, two public readings, school visits, radio interviews, and writing workshops.  


Sara Tabbert received a Career Opportunity Grant to support her work as an invited National Park Service Artists in the Parks Resident at Isle Royale in Lake Superior. She has two upcoming exhibits in Anchorage and Fairbanks and this residency will serve as a springboard for new work.    


The Hearts and Hands Project received a Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund grant to help support two music concerts for young audiences and one public concert in Unalaska from the Melissa Bledsoe Fischer Jazz Trio in September.


The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by the Rasmuson Foundation. All grant funding is contingent on final FY13 State of Alaska appropriation.    


Operating Support-Annual Grants  

($51,503 total awarded)


Alaska Arts Education Consortium, Juneau, $9,600           


Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts, Kenai, $4,000


Alaska Design Forum, Anchorage, $8,850


Anchorage Community Theatre, Anchorage, $6,000


Anchorage Youth Symphony, Anchorage, $2,700


Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, Anchorage, $2,153


Denali Arts Council, Talkeetna, $10,000


Fairbanks Drama Association and Fairbanks Children's Theatre, Inc., Fairbanks, $6,000


Juneau Lyric Opera, Juneau, $2,200


Operating Support-First Year Biennial Grants

($151,500 total awarded)


Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage, $17,500


Anchorage Museum Association, Anchorage, $20,250


Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, $7,750


Fairbanks Symphony Association, Fairbanks, $15,000


First City Players, Ketchikan, $7,750


Homer Society of Natural History, Inc., Homer, $21,000


Juneau Jazz & Classics, Juneau, $9,000


Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, Ketchikan,



North Star Dance Foundation, Fairbanks, $2,750


Out North, Anchorage, $16,500


Perseverance Theatre, Inc., Douglas, $21,000


Operating Support-Second Year Biennial Grants

($186,197 total awarded)


Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc., Sitka, $16,033


Alaska Dance Theatre, Inc., Anchorage, $15,921


Alaska Junior Theater, Anchorage, $8,450


Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, Kodiak, $18,000


Anchorage Concert Chorus, Anchorage, $3,300


Anchorage Opera, Anchorage, $14,455


Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage, $13,291


Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, $17,200


Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks, $20,500 


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, $14,400


Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, $13,000


Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau, $13,230


Juneau Symphony, Juneau, $8,320


Sitka Summer Music Festival, Anchorage, $10,097


Artist in Schools Round I Grants  

($90,800 total awarded)


Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc., Sitka, $6,000


Bering Strait School District, Unalakleet, $15,000


Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, $12,000


Chignik Lagoon Village Council, Chignik Lagoon, $2,400


Cottonwood Creek Elementary School, Wasilla, $1,000


Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, $15,000


Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau, $15,000


Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak, $13,000


Mat-Su Borough School District, Palmer, $4,000


McNeil Canyon Elementary School, Homer, $2,500


Nikiski North Star Elementary School, Nikiski, $2,200


Nondalton School, Nondalton, $2,700


Community Arts Development - 1st Quarter Grants

($51,000 total awarded)


49 Writers, Inc., Anchorage, $3,500


Ahtna Heritage Foundation, Glennallen, $2,500


Alaska Center for the Book, Anchorage, $1,500


Alaska State Parks, Anchorage, $4,000


Alaska Theatre of Youth, Anchorage, $3,500


Greater Sitka Arts Council, Sitka, $3,500


Island Institute, Sitka, $4,500


Out North for 1,000 Cranes, Anchorage, $4,000


Out North for F Magazine, Anchorage, $4,000


Peninsula Artists in Motion Dance Company, Kenai, $2,000


Richardson Highway Rendezvous, Valdez, $1,000


Seldovia Arts Council, Seldovia, $4,500


Sitka Jazz Festival, Sitka, $4,500


Southeast Alaska State Fair, Haines, $2,000


Valley Performing Arts, Inc., Wasilla, $3,000


Wrangell Mountains Center, Anchorage,$3,000


Career Opportunity - 1st Quarter Grants

($9,400 total awarded)


John Bushell, Homer, $800


Jenifer Cameron,Ester, $700


John Damberg, Anchorage, $400


Holly Gittlein, Wasilla, $900


Mary Langham,Homer, $500


Jean Lester, Ester, $500


MK MacNaughton, Juneau, $500


Julie Millington, Anchorage, $800


Mavis Muller, Homer, $900


Austin Parkhill, Barrow, $900


Nathan Daniel Shafer, Anchorage, $700


Patricia SheltonAnchorage$900


Sara Tabbert, Fairbanks, $900


Workshop - 1st Quarter Grants  

($3,400 total awarded)


Alaska Photographic Society, Anchorage, $1000


Alaska Watercolor Society, Anchorage, $1400


Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, $1000


Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund - 1st Quarter Grants ($2,000 total awarded)


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, $1,000


The Hearts and Hands Project, Unalaska, $1,000


For more information about our granting programs, contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6610, or visit the website at


NEA Offers Funding under Arts Education--August 9th Deadline for application
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The Arts Endowment supports standards-based projects that provide opportunities for children and youth to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the arts in school and community-based settings. Arts education programs play a pivotal role as the nation seeks to improve high school graduation rates, counter the achievement gap in urban and rural communities, and respond to innovations in technology that may transform how and what young people learn.  


Funding under Arts Education is available for in-depth, curriculum-based arts education for children and youth (generally between ages 5 and 18) in schools or other community-based settings. Projects must provide participatory learning that engages students with accomplished artists and teachers; align with either national or state arts education standards; and include assessments of participant learning. Funding also is available to support professional development opportunities for teachers, teaching artists, and other education providers. All projects must include the following elements:

  • Experience: Participants will experience exemplary works of art-in live form where possible. Through the guidance of teachers, teaching artists, and cultural organizations, students and/or arts education providers will study works of art in order to understand the cultural and social context from which they come, and to appreciate the technical and/or aesthetic qualities of each work. Participants will gain increased knowledge and skills in the art form.
  • Create: Informed by their experience and engagement in an art form, participants will create or perform art. In the case of museums, the primary creative activities could build visual literacy through observation and/or critique as well as through curatorial tasks related to an exhibition.
  • Assess: Participant learning will be measured and assessed according to either national or state arts education standards.
The Arts Endowment strongly endorses the arts as a core academic subject area and encourages projects that have significant potential to be shared and/or replicated, or are likely to lead to innovation in arts teaching and learning. Applicants must provide curriculum frameworks and carefully designed assessments of participant learning.

School-Based Projects  August 9, 2012, Application Deadline    

June 1, 2013, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support


To discuss your project, please contact the arts education specialist in the appropriate discipline.


Arts Education Specialists:


Music, Opera: Denise Brandenburg, or 202/682-5044


Dance, Literature, Theater & Musical Theater: Nancy Daugherty, or 202/682-5521


Folk & Traditional Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Multidisciplinary, Presenting: Terry Liu, or 202/682-5690


Design, Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts: Lakita Edwards, or 202/682-5704



Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals 

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is accepting entries


Sustaining/Creating: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities,

ages 16-25. Sustaining/Creating asks emerging artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Fifteen artists will be selected for an exhibition at the Smithsonian and will share $60,000 in cash awards. Entry deadline is July 8.

Yo Soy...Je Suis...I am...: International Art Program for Children with Disabilities.
Children with disabilities, ages 5-18, are encouraged to create a self-portrait that illustrates who they are and who they will be. Self-portraits allow artistic freedom for children with disabilities to celebrate the unique qualities they have to share with the world. Entry deadline is July 15.

here for more information on each art program.



Anchorage Economic Development Corporation "Live. Work. Play. Film Competition:

Solstice Edition"


Remember the movie Groundhog Day? The day that kept repeating itself? Now imagine the Anchorage version, the Summer Solstice that just. won't. end.  Entry deadline is July 13th. Public screening will be held on July 20th at 6:30pm, at Out North Theater. The winning film will be shown to 1500+ business professionals at the AEDC Economic Outlook Luncheon on July 25th plus a prize package!


Submit DVD to AEDC by July 13 at 5pm. Visit for details on the competition parameters.


Kodiak High School Percent for Art


The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the Kodiak Island Borough & School District is requesting qualifications from artists for interior and exterior public artwork to be commissioned for Kodiak High School, in Kodiak, Alaska.

Entries must be received by Monday, July 23, 2012 9:59 pm Alaska Time.  This RFQ is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: 


Budget: $590,000


Artists Wanted Announces 3rd Annual One Life Photography Competition 


Offering $75,000 in Prizes, including an Exhibition in New York City + a Trip Around the World

Artists Wanted has partnered with Photo District News (PDN) to present the third annual
One Life Photography Competition, an international call for photographers of all backgrounds, styles and perspectives. Offering over $75,000 in cash grants, publicity and awards, One Life is one of the most substantial photography competitions in the world.

Delving into the lives of the global community, Artists Wanted and PDN Magazine are asking photographers from all over the world to share images illustrating their ideas, beliefs, geographies, histories and passions to demonstrate that, despite our differences, we are one community connected through our love of photography. Standard entries accepted through July 31, 2012 11:59pm EST

More details at


"MASQUERADE" National Juried Exhibition - Deadline: August 24, 2012

Evoke the sinister, the festive, the macabre, the jubilant, the mischievous, with "Masquerade." Interpretations can include disguise, facade, pretense, false outward show, Mardi Gras, Venice Carnevale, Halloween, a masked party or dance.

Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. This exhibition cannot accept jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.

JUROR Jack Fischer, owner of Jack Fischer Gallery at 49 Geary in San Francisco. His gallery exhibits work from a diverse group of artists that fall under the rubrics of "outsider, folk, contemporary, naive, visionary, self-taught, and intuitive."


October 25, 2012 - November 18, 2012, Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103
For prospectus and more information, go to


Call for Quilters


Pratt Museum in Homer will host a themed quilt show, "History in the Making: Quilts, Quilters and Their Stories," Nov. 9-Dec. 30. Quilters are invited to create works that reflect their rich, shared local history or their own personal connection to this place. Each quilter will be asked to include a brief statement about their personal quilting history and the story of their piece. Quilts or wall hangings can be hand quilted, machine quilted or tied. All styles and techniques are welcome. Works must not exceed 72 inches in length or width. This is not a juried contest. Quilters must notify Pratt Museum curator Holly Cusack-McVeigh of their intent to participate no later than Sept. 1. Quilts need to be delivered for installation on Monday, Nov. 5, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For more information, call 907-235-8635.


Embracing Our Differences invites art submissions for its 10th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity. National and international submissions are encouraged. Thirty-nine artists will be selected for the exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed April and May 2013 at Island Park along Sarasota, Florida's beautiful bayfront. The exhibit will contain 38 billboard-sized (16 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet high) images of the selected artworks.


Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of the theme "embracing our differences". Submissions will also be evaluated on how effectively the proposal will read outdoors when enlarged to billboard size. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals. A total of $3,000.00 in awards will be presented.


Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 7, 2013. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries.


The mission of Embracing Our Differences is to use art as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.


Submission forms and more information concerning past winning entries are available at or by emailing



Professional Development, Education, Workshop Opportunities

Artist Call for Park Fieldhouse Studio Space


The Vancouver Park Board is launching a call for proposals for a residency program which commences October 2012 and completes mid-January 2015. The current spaces available are distributed through the city at Elm, Falaise, Hadden, Strathcona and Slocan Parks. Deadline for Proposals: July 9, 2012.


The Fieldhouse Studio Residency is meant to provide artist(s) the opportunity to pursue their current art making directions, to try new things outside of the constraints of studio cost, and to create community engagement opportunities in the arts for the neighbourhood, in Community Centres and parks. This project would best suit an artist, or artist team, with an established art-making practice committed to developing their work to include imaginative social encounters with community members that engage, provoke, and grow participation in the arts.


Mandatory exchange components for artists include:

-       Have a physical presence in the fieldhouse studio averaging 5 times per week.

-       Residencies are based on approximately 350 hours per year of community engagement which includes

        planning and outreach to the neighbourhood, open houses, facilitating workshops and celebrations  

        as well as communications and community dialogues.

-       Maintain a blog for documentation and archive of the residency which can include videos, journaling,  

        still photography, etc.


Visit the Vancouver Park Board website for more information: 


Zion National Park Artist-in-Residence Program


This program offers selected artists the opportunity to live in a historic house located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive for a four-week period and pursue their particular art form. As part of the residency, artists will present two public programs and are required to donate, at the park's choosing, an original piece of work representative of their experience. Artists must be self-sufficient, able to work independently in an isolated environment, and comply with all park regulations and policies.


Artists are selected by a jury made up of staff from Zion National Park, faculty from Southern Utah University's College of Performing and Visual Arts, and staff from the Braithewaite Fine Arts Gallery. Selections are made based on the merit of an applicant's work and how the work reflects the mission of Zion National Park and the National Park Service.


Applications for the program can be downloaded from the website and will be accepted through July 20, 2012. The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Zion National Park, in partnership with Zion Natural History Association and Southern Utah University's College of Performing and Visual Arts.


More information about the Artist-in-Residence Program can be found at, and interested artists can contact Jessica Kusky, Artist in Residence Coordinator, by phone at 435-772-0184 or email at 


Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society Joint Annual Conference in Sitka October 10-13


      Museums Alaska Theme: Museums Matter: Connecting with Our Communities

      Alaska Historical Society Theme: Alaska on the World Stage


Registration information will be posted to the Alaska Historical Society's website. 


Museum consultant and organizational coach Alice Parman, Ph.D., will be the Museums Alaska keynote speaker for Sitka 2012! The title of Alice's talk will be "Engaging Communities in Exhibit  Development," and directly following her keynote address, she will be available for an "Up Close" Q&A session for direct conversations. But before all of that, she will also be leading a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, October 10th, entitled "Exhibit Makeovers."


Museums Alaska conference scholarships are available. For more information visit the Museums Alaska website at 


Cockled, Frayed, and Friable: A Conservator's View to the Art of Condition Reporting
Western Museum Association Pre-Conference Workshop at Sunnylands
Sunday, October 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Download info


Sharpen your condition reporting skills in this technical workshop led by conservators working with a variety of materials from paper to organic artifacts to outdoor sculpture. The workshop will cover condition definitions and tools for accurate assessments, proper handling of various objects and materials, and new technologies for photo documentation in condition reporting. The conservator's view to condition report writing will be invaluable to registrars, collection managers, art couriers, and any museum professional handling art and historical objects.

To register for this workshop please email Heather Bouchey at 


Openings and Closings

Richard Bornengo's oil paintings of landscapes in Gallery One and Sue Biggs' photography in Gallery Too are at the Kenai River Council on the Arts and The Peninsula Art Guild. The reception for these shows will be First Thursday, July 5. We also will be having a memorial show for our friend and fellow artist, Juanita Hillhouse, on July 8th at 2:00 PM. This is an eatable art show. Please participate in this farewell to Juanita. For more information, please call 283-0515.


'Audio/Visual' curated by Garrett Burtner, July 6 - 29, at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage. Opening reception Friday July 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.


'Magnetic North' by Asia Freeman and work by Deborah Schwarzkopf, July 6 - August 1, at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. Artist talk July 6, 6:00 pm.


'Twist/Volume/Edge' - a detective story gone wrong, 25 photos of local musicians in action and images of local models looking their best, July 18 - August 15 at the Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage. Opening reception July 18, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.


'Solstice', an installation by Michael Conti at the Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, closes July 12.   


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 

Arts in the Parks is a family-oriented initiative that highlights the scenic attributes of Alaska's beautiful State Park system. With 125 park units totaling more than 3 million acres, Alaska State Parks provide visitors with unparalleled year-round opportunities to explore a wide variety of recreational, historical, and cultural experiences. One of the primary objectives of this art-based program is to bring a creative focus to the outdoors by hosting events in park units throughout the state. Events are open to the public and include art-themed activities for children and adults.

The last of the summer's 2012 Arts in the Parks events is planned for August 25th and 26th at the Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks


To learn more about the Arts in the Parks program, or to share ideas for future events contact David Griffin at (907) 269-8696, or email



State Museum Announces Eight Solo Exhibitions of Alaskans


Every two years the Alaska State Museum in Juneau solicits Alaskan artists to submit their portfolios for solo exhibitions. This year the museum's review committee reviewed 36 submittals from artists across the state and selected eight individuals to show their work. The first of this series of solo exhibits will open in November 2012. The series will conclude in the spring of 2014. Dates for the individual exhibitions are still being arranged with the artists.


The selected artists are:


*           Nicholas Galanin - Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary artist from Sitka

*           Ben Huff - Photographer from Juneau

*           Drew Michael - sculptor from Anchorage

*           Dave Rubin - painter from Ketchikan

*           Kay Field Parker - Raven's tail weaver from Juneau

*           Dick Benedict - painter from Juneau

*           Kristen Link - artist, naturalist and scientific illustrator from Glennallen

*           Nancy P. Burnham - encaustic painting and sculpture from Ester



Nicholas Galanin, Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary artist


Concepts drive his medium. Having trained extensively in 'traditional' as well as 'contemporary' approaches to art, Nicholas draws on a wide range of indigenous technologies and global materials to explore his ideas.


Ben Huff, photographer


Exploring the people and landscape of Alaska's Dalton highway, Ben's work attempts to portray the road as the physical and psychological line between oil and frontier.


Drew Michael, sculptor


An Alaska Native, Yupik/Inupiaq, and Polish European, Drew combines different forms of customary and contemporary design using wood, ivory, feathers, found objects, stone, metal, plastic and bone.


Dave Rubin, painter


Long time Ketchikan painter, teacher and musician who said, "Everyone starts off coloring - I just never stopped."


Kay Field Parker, Raven's tail weaver


Kay will present Raven's tail robes, tunics, aprons and other selections woven during the last twenty years.


Dick Benedict, painter


Dick has worked as a painter, cannery worker, stable hand, school janitor, garbage man, laborer, and landlord, all the while painting beautiful and surreal painting in classic oil and egg tempera on panel.


Kristen Link, artist, naturalist and scientific illustrator


A 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award winner, Kristen will present a body of work from field sketches from the Wrangell-St. Elias  


Nancy P. Burnham, encaustic painting and sculpture


Nancy works with wax and porcupine quills. "The wax and quills combined represent a merging of Beauty and pain." The artist will present large scale, three dimensional hangings, relief and floor pieces based on family and personal ideology, beauty and pain.


For more information: Jackie Manning, 907-465-2901




The Art of Building STEM Professionals from US News & World Report


Visit the STEM Education Blog for a perspective on infusing arts and entertainment for a perspective on infusing the arts into STEM education as a means to increase student understanding. 



Alaska Summer Festivals

Girdwood Forest Fair-July 6-8-Girdwood Community Park at Mile 2.2 Alyeska Highway


Sitka Summer Music Festival-June 8-July 7-Harrigan Centennial Hall and other locations in Sitka


Cantwell Bluegrass Festival-July 13-15-Cantwell Lodge 27 miles south of Denali Nat'l. Park Entrance


Funny River Blugrass Music and Arts Festival-July 13-15-Mile 16.5 Funny River Road in Soldotna


Belmore Browne Celebration and Plein Air Festival-July 21st-Northern Susitna Institute and Sheldon Communty Arts Hangar in Talkeetna


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival-July 15-29-University of Alaska, Fairbanks Campus and environs in Fairbanks


World Eskimo Indian Olympics-July 18-21-Carlson Center in Fairbanks


Deltana Fair and Music Festival-July 27-29-Delta Junction


Southeast Alaska State Fair-July 26-29-Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds in Haines


KBBI Concert on the Lawn-July 28-29-Karen Hornaday Park in Homer


Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council 37th Annual Blueberry Arts Festival-August 3-5-Ketchikan various venues


Salmonstock-August 3-5-Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik


Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival-July 30-August 11-various locations on Kenai Peninsula


Tanana Valley State Fair-August 3-12-Tanana Valley State Fair Grounds in Fairbanks


Heart of the Aleutians Festival-August 18-Kelty Field in Unalaska


Kenai Peninsula Fair-August 17-19-Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik


Wrangell Mountains Writing Center-through August-"Old Hardware Store" and other venues in McCarthy


Alaska State Fair-August 23-September 3-State Fairgrounds in Palmer


Seward Music & Arts Festival-September 28-30-Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal in Seward



Alaska USA Projects Online now!

20th Century Man/In Their Own Words from Anchorage artist Brian Hutton


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A combined production in Seattle of "Return of the Twentieth Century Man" & "In Their Own Words; Emma Goldman and Adolph Fischer."


The Expert, a 1920s novel based on the life of Rosalie Rayner Watson from Anchorage artist Andromeda Romano-Lax


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"The Expert," a novel, dramatizes the life of Rosalie Rayner-a promising young 1920s psychologist whose career was cut short by scandal.


Gravity From Above: A Documentary on European Puppetry from Haines artist Byrne Power


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A thoroughly researched documentary exploring European puppetry: The roots, the meaning and the surprises of that art for the 21st Century.


Geographical Bodies from Fairbanks Artist Mary Matthews     

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Dresses and gowns made of maps installed on a contrived world surface featuring rocks, mud, sticks. natural materials.  


ASCA's Important Dates

SEPTEMBER 1 - ASCA Quarterly Grant Deadline, Walker Arts


SEPTEMBER 1 - Governor's Arts Award nomination deadline.


SEPTEMBER 21 - ASCA Teleconference, noon-1:30


OCTOBER 18 - ASCA Face-to-Face Meeting, Anchorage


OCTOBER 18 - Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities, Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage


NOVEMBER 1 - AIS Round II Grant Deadline   


DECEMBER 1 - ASCA Quarterly, Walker Arts and Rasmuson Cultural Collaborations Project Grant Deadline


DECEMBER 14 - ASCA Teleconference, noon-1:30

Contact Us

Roy Agloinga (Anchorage)
Adelheid "Micky" Becker (Anchorage)
Benjamin Brown CHAIR (Juneau)  
Diane Borgman (Homer)  
Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)  
Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
Robyn Holloway (Juneau) 
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)


Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605  

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Manager
(907) 269-6682 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604

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