November 2012 ASCA News 


Chugach Fantasy

  Chugach Fantasy by Bill Brody, 2012, alkyd on canvas, 11'8" x 3'8"


This painting is located in Anchorage in the State of Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Lab. Chugach Fantasy is an idyllic landscape loosely based on Bill's many trips into the Chugach Mountains both in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park and a hike in the Crow's Pass Trail in Chugach State Park.    

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society Joint Conference
Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities Awardees
From Art to Agriculture
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Professional Development, Education, Workshop Opportunities
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
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 A Note From Shannon

Recently I had the great opportunity to represent the arts in Alaska at the Alaska Media Road Show. This event, which is hosted by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and organized by Thompson & Co. Public Relations, brings travel writers from across the country to California to meet with Alaskan representatives who then pitch potential stories about traveling to Alaska. Over the course of a day I had the opportunity to meet with over 20 writers and journalists in 15-minute "speed-date-style" segments to tell them about all of the great arts activities that are going on in every corner of our state: from the Sitka Fine Arts Camp to Alaska Design Forum's ReLOCATE Kivalina project; from Bethel's Cama-i Dance Festival to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival; from our incredibly rich Wearable Art Shows across the state to the projects integrating art into Marine Debris cleanup efforts, and everything in between, the arts were shown as a compelling reason to visit Alaska! We'll keep an eye out for any published articles and be sure to share them with you. 


Finally, here are some links to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing:

  • This is one of my favorite TED talks, one that I have watched again and again. In it, he discusses the commonality across several successful leaders, businesses and organizations--that they focus on the "WHY" of what they do, rather than the what or how of it. Do you know what your "WHY" is?
  • Thinking about starting a Kickstarter fundraising campaign? Don't forget to account for the fees that are paid to Kickstarter or the costs associated with any incentives you provide! Here is a handy web tool calculator to help you out:
  • Richard Kessler, dean of the New School for Music, contributed to an Americans for the Arts Blog Salon on the new Common Core Standards for education. His provocative entry, titled Steal This Blog: 5 Ramblings on Arts and the Common Core Standards, is well worth a read.



Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society Joint Conference


Over 150 members of Alaska's history and museum communities met in Sitka October 10-13, guests of the Sitka Historical Society and Museum, for the annual Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society joint conference. Museums Alaska welcomed keynote speaker Alice Parman, a frequent exhibit consultant to Alaska museums, for engaging sessions and a workshop on exhibit design. Local Sitkan, Sue Thorsen of the National Park Service, was recognized with Museums Alaska's annual Award for Excellence in the Museum Profession and the Alaska State Museum was formally recognized by the American Institute for Conservation with the Ross Merrill Award, a national award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections.


In addition to engaging discussion in sessions, highlights included a whale watching cruise, dancing to Belly Meat, and spending a day at the historic Sheldon Jackson School learning about the incredible spirit of volunteerism manifest in the campus's preservation.  Sitka's host committee, led by Bob Medinger of the Sitka Historical Society and Museum, did a fabulous job and it was a pleasure to visit the historic town of Sitka for this year's conference. We are looking forward to next year's conference in Haines!



Heather Beggs
Executive Director, Museums Alaska

2012 Governor's Awards for the

Arts and Humanities Awardees


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 Once a year, the Governor of Alaska honors a select group of citizens and organizations who exemplify great art and devotion to the humanities. Seven outstanding awardees from around the state were honored at the 2012 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented during a dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook on Thursday, October 18th.


This year we were so pleased to also introduce and celebrate our new Alaska Writer Laureate, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, who will serve as our State Writer Laureate from 2012 to 2014.


These awards are sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Office of the Governor with generous support from ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP. Congratulations to the awardees as they celebrate this well-deserved honor!

Awardees group shot

From Left: Peggy Shumaker (Alaska State Writer Laureate 2010-2012), Sven Haakanson, Jr. Ph.D, Carol Swartz, Annette Evans-Smith (Alaska Native Heritage Center), Susie Bevins-Ericsen, John Sinnok, Nora Marks Dauenhauer (Alaska State Writer Laureate 2012-2014), Janet Kennedy and Garry Forrester (Valley Performing Arts), and Gail Niebrugge.


About the Awardees (for more information about the awardees click here):


Valley Performing Arts (Governor's Award for Arts Organization) Valley Performing Arts made its start in a small log church on the Alaska State Fair Grounds in 1976. For 37 consecutive years, the grassroots theatre has coupled their innovative ideas and a singular vision to provide their audiences with a diverse spectrum of family-friendly quality live theatre productions. Through offerings of quality entertainment to thousands of the borough's citizens, the organization has become an integral and deeply valued part of the Matanuska Susitna Valley's creative community. 


Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr. (Governor's Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities) Dr. Haakanson, Jr. is a master of his scientific discipline and regarded professionally as the undisputed leader in advancing the understanding and preservation of Alutiiq language, culture, and customs. Dr. Haakanson's research career has spanned nearly two decades and has helped educate the public about the Alutiiq culture's contemporary relevance. He has helped build the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository into a world renowned collection of cultural artifacts of the Kodiak archipelago.


Susie "Qimmiqsak" Bevins-Ericsen (Governor's Award for Alaska Native Artist) Bevins-Ericsen is driven to improve the economic well being of Alaska Native artists.True to her passion to raise awareness, educate, and create understanding of Alaska Native people, she became one of the founding members of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. She has served on many boards and committees, representing the interests of Alaska Native artists and positively impacting the lives of countless young people through her teaching and mentorship. Bevins-Ericsen's work is housed in the permanent collections of the esteemed British Royal Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), and the Heard Museum.


Alaska Native Heritage Center (Governor's Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities) A leader in Alaska native cultural and arts education for more than a decade, the Alaska Native Heritage Center uses the arts and humanities to teach visitors the rich culture and heritage of Alaska's indigenous peoples. Since opening in 1999 the Center has welcomed tens of thousands to participate in a long list of educational programs, including its Artists in Residence program, the Alaska native Playwrights project, its Language Project, the Understanding Culture workshop series and school visits. In fact, more than 200,000 students have visited the center since its opening.

The Center also maintains a website filled with facts and fascinating information about Alaska's first people, further spreading its reach helping accomplish its mission: "Sharing, perpetuating and preserving the unique Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education."


John "Sinŋaq" Sinook (Governor's Award for Arts Educator) John Sinnok was born and raised on a northern Alaska island made more of water than solid land; a terrestrial whisper of an ancient Bering Land Bridge. Like the place itself, John is regarded by his students, professional peers, and elders as "nothing short of remarkable." For more than 40 years--27 of which he has been declared legally blind--John has nourished Shishmaref students' intellectual and creative pursuits. He has taught Inupiaq language and traditional carving, sewing skills and design to generations of students who have now received recognition and awards for their own art submissions to the Heard Museum All-Native Student Exhibitions.


Carol Swartz (Governor's Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities) Carol Swartz has directed the Kachemak Bay campus of Kenai Peninsula College (UAA) with distinction since 1986 and is known in literary circles across Alaska and the country as the founding director of the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. Since 2002, the Writers' Conference has hosted exemplary Alaskan and national writers in Homer, Alaska to provide writers with opportunities to improve their literary skills, explore their creative boundaries, share knowledge about their discipline, and build their community. On behalf of Alaska's literary community, Ms. Swartz has brought nationally known writers such as Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Hours," Michael Cunningham, and Barry Lopez, National Book Award winning author of "Arctic Dreams".


Gail Niebrugge (Governor's Award for Individual Artist) An inveterate adventurer, Gail traveled from San Diego, California to Copper Center, Alaska in 1976. She brought her family and her artistic training with her to serve as the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Artist-in-Residence for six years. She holds a Master of Fine Art Illustration with honors from Syracuse University, New York and over the course of her 40-year career has created more than 970 original drawings and paintings. Gail's unique labor-intensive painting style and subject material has received worldwide patronage.


Nora Marks Dauenhauer (Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2012-2014) Nora Marks Dauenhauer was born (1927) in Juneau, Alaska, and was raised in Juneau and Hoonah, as well as on the family fishing boat and in seasonal hunting and fishing sites around Icy Straits, Glacier Bay, and Cape Spencer. Her first language is Tlingit; she began to learn English when entering school at the age of eight. She has a B.A. in Anthropology (Alaska Methodist University 1976) and is internationally recognized for her fieldwork, transcription, translation, and explication of Tlingit oral literature. Her creative writing has been widely published and anthologized. Her Raven plays have been performed in several venues internationally, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


She is married to Richard Dauenhauer, writer and former poet laureate of Alaska, with whom she has co-authored and co-edited several editions of Tlingit language and folklore material. She has 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. She lives in Juneau, where she is semi-retired but still continues with research, writing, consulting, and volunteer work with schools and community.

Governor Parnell
Governor Sean Parnell gives his opening remarks at the awards, commenting on the positive impact the arts have on communities.

Alaska Fiber Production: From Art to Agriculture

fleece evaluation
Dr. Lyle McNeal demonstrates fleece evaluation and describes benefits of animal husbandry best practices on animal fiber production.  All photos in this article courtesy Saunders McNeill.


What do UAF Cooperative Extension, Alaska Grown, and Alaska Diversified Livestock Association Inc. have to do with art and artists? For three blustery days in October, 30 Alaska livestock farmers, herd managers, fiber producers and artists from all over the state met at the Palmer Center for Sustainable Living Matanuska Experiment Farm with nationally renowned agricultural, grazing, and animal fiber experts for a conference on Holistic Feeding and Grazing Practices and Animal Fiber Production in Alaska - and discovered just how much they have in common.


The conference was coordinated for Alaska animal fiber producers and users to establish a statewide fiber business network to produce, process, and promote Alaska animal fiber as a viable, sustainable agricultural enterprise. Individual farmers described their respective herds, the types and numbers of animals they raise, the current production quantity and quality of fiber, and their marketing strategies. Fiber artists and vendors discussed their interest in, and market challenges surrounding, the availability and access to locally produced Alaska animal fiber, including its quantity, quality, and price.


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Dr. Lyle McNeal evaluates a qiviut fiber sample during his Palmer Musk Ox Farm site visit.
Keynote speakers Dr. Ben Bartlett,
and Dr. Lyle McNeal addressed the group's convergent management interests and challenges, with dynamic results. By the conference conclusion, participants designated a steering committee that is now investigating the best organizational structure to: pursue producer resources, identify fiber markets and opportunities, and connect and serve fiber producers and end users statewide. The goal is to establish an economically sustainable in-state animal fiber processing facility. Dr. McNeal visited the Palmer Musk Ox Farm - a nonprofit steward of the largest captive Musk Ox herd and the greatest single source producer of live animal qiviut fiber in the world - to consult with their staff about best practices in herd management and optimal fiber production. Through post-conference connections, nationally recognized traditional Tlingit Chilkat weavers Teri Rofkar and Shelly Laws traveled to Palmer to learn more about a rare in-state fiber source for their work. 
Teri Rofkar and Shelly Laws
Palmer Musk Ox Farm Executive Director Mark Austin, Herd Manager Janelle Curtis, and artists Teri Rofkar and Shelly Laws discuss exciting potential for qiviut fiber use in Chilkat weaving.
ASCA Notices

Quarterly Grant 3rd Quarter Deadline - December 1st: Community Arts Development, Workshop, Master Artist and Apprentice, Walker Arts, Career Opportunity Grants


Cultural Collaborations Project Grant, Round II Deadline  - December 1st    


Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants, Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursions and Access Grants still available on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes at ASCA for information.  


New Visions arts education initiative: In October 2012, Dr. Annie Calkins, ASCA Arts in Education Special Projects Coordinator for the New Visions program published a progress report entitled "New Visions: New Hope." The report describes the work being done in three Alaska School Districts--Bering Strait School District, Copper River School District and Kodiak Island Borough School District--to establish and implement arts curriculum in order to research and develop model arts education program in rural and urban Alaska. The report is available for download here: New Visions: New Hope   


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Calls for Art and Requests for Proposal

Funding Guidelines Available for NEA Our Town Grants
Guidelines and application materials for Our Town (, the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) primary creative placemaking grants program, are now posted online. Grants may range from $25,000 to $200,000. 

Among the project types supported through Our Town are arts engagement projects that support artistically excellent artistic production or practice as the focus of creative placemaking work. This includes:

  • Innovative programming that fosters interaction among community members, art organizations, and artists, or activates existing cultural and community assets;
  • Festivals and performances in spaces not normally used for such purposes;
  • Public art that improves public spaces and strategically reflects or shapes the physical and social character of a community.

Complete Our Town application guidelines are available here  on the NEA's website. The NEA will host informational webinars about this program on November 6 and 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST at Applications are due January 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm.


America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants 

DEADLINE: January 9, 2013

AVAILABLE: Up to $1,000,000 over up to a 3 year period

Link to RFP: 


The National Endowment for the Humanities America's Historical and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites. Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.


U.S. nonprofit organizations; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.


The Alaska Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations (CBCO) grant program. The program offers a unique opportunity for eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to build capacity in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and effectiveness evaluation.


Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the state of Alaska, and equivalent organizations may include tribes, schools, churches, and local government agencies and programs. Organizations may be awarded up to $15,000 with typical grants ranging between $3,000 and $5,000.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis starting with the first deadline on October 1, 2012 followed by deadlines on December 1, February 1, April 1, June 1, and August 1, 2013

For more information about ACF, the CBCO grant program or to apply, visit The Alaska Community Foundation at or call (907) 334-6700.


EmcArts is pleased to announce Round 8 of The Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Lab is a 12-month program that helps performing arts organizations incubate and test innovative strategies to address major adaptive challenges.


The Round 8 Application deadline is December 4, 2012


The press release, Round 8 RFP, and media focused on a few questions that establish guiding principles for applying to the Innovation Lab are available here


The Innovation Lab for Performing Arts was created to advance and accelerate the development of new and innovative strategies by performing arts organizations in order to address well-defined adaptive challenges. It is designed to do this in a way that promotes internal culture change and builds the capacity of participating organizations to innovate more effectively in the future. Participating organizations form a "laboratory" for testing new approaches to achieving artistically vital and organizationally healthy arts institutions.


You can write Liz Dreyer, Manager of National Programs with questions and to schedule a consultation.


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts seeks to contract with eligible and qualified organizations to reinforce and expand education initiatives for young people with disabilities. Presently, the Kennedy Center and its affiliate, VSA, are seeking contractors to provide educational services that have a broad reach across school districts, cities, states, and/or regions; that have immediate significant impact; and that have measurable and sustainable outcomes in the following two programs:


1)    VSA Arts Education for Students with Disabilities (VSA-AESD)

2)    VSA Professional Development for Educators (VSA-PDE)


Proposal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time)


Notification: Selected recipients will be notified by December 10, 2012


The Kennedy Center is only accepting proposals submitted by email. Completed proposals must be emailed to Proposals received after the proposal submission deadline will not be considered. The Center is not responsible for any delays in transmission of proposals via email.


To request the RFP or ask a question, please contact:

Stephanie Litvak

Manager, VSA Affiliates, VSA and Accessibility Office

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington, DC 20566

Tel: 202-416-8847; Email:


Alex Combs Award Application Deadline November 31

The Alex Combs Artist Award is a designated fund administrated by Bunnell Street Arts Center for working artists to apply for up to $1500 to explore new techniques and ideas through workshops and symposiums. Applicants must be Alaskan artists working in ceramics, painting or sculpture. The award is based on the merit of the work and proposal. Limit of one award per artist per year.


To apply please submit: a letter of intent, 5 digital images (not larger than 1MB each, please) of work that has been completed in the last two years, artist statement and resume. Questions or submissions may be emailed to:


Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline Moved to December 31

Bunnell Street Arts Center is now accepting applications for visual art exhibitions in 2014. Applications in all media and formats including solo, group and interdisciplinary arts are welcome. The 2012 deadline for applications is December 31, 2012. Artist are required to submit the following for a peer review panel: a letter of intent for the exhibit, 5 digital images (not larger than 1MB each, please) of work that has been completed in the last two years representative of what you wish to exhibit, artist statement and resume. Preference is given to Alaskan artists.


Questions or submissions may be sent to: 


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  


2013 Northwest Folklife Festival seeks Performers and Instructors

Northwest Folklife is looking for musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 24-27, 2013, at Seattle Center. We are seeking individuals and groups across the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana.  


The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest FREE community arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. 

All interested bands, dance troupes, and community organizations must apply to participate in the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. The application and more information can be found online at, and a hard copy can be requested by emailing or calling (206) 684-7300.

Postmark deadline for applications is December 1, 2012.


University of Alaska Fairbanks Request for Proposals for the Life Sciences Facility  


Total Art Budget $250,000 USD.

Deadline: December 12, 2012 5pm, Alaska Standard Time.


The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking proposals from artists and/or artist teams for the permanent installation of public art for the Life Sciences Research and Teaching Facility project located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, Fairbanks, Alaska. Complete RFP documents for this project are available in electronic form at:

Proposals and forms must be delivered no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, December 12, 2012
to be considered.


The Alaska State Council on the Arts, on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the recently renovated McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) in Anchorage, Alaska. Total Art Budget $175,000 USD. Deadline for Entries: Received by December 7, 2012 9:59 pm Alaska Standard Time. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: 


The State Library, Archives and Museums (Juneau, AK) Call for Artists is scheduled to open November 26, 2012 - Jan 10, 2013 on Total Art Budget $600,000 USD.


The Matanuska-Susitna Borough new Mat-Su Day School Call for Artists is scheduled to open November 7, 2012 - December 21, 2012 on Total Art Budget $97,132 USD.


City of Homer Request for Proposals Incorporating Art into Four Public Restroom Facilities in Downtown Homer and on the Homer Spit  

Proposals to incorporate art into four new Public Restroom Facilities, two located on Pioneer Avenue and two on the Homer Spit, will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, City of Homer, 491 East Pioneer Avenue, Homer, Alaska, until Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. As there will be four separate buildings, artists are encouraged to submit one or more concepts or proposals to ensure artwork will be incorporated into all four restrooms.  Budget: $17,000.


A project site visit will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. to physically view the four project sites on the Spit and on Pioneer Avenue. Proposers interested in attending should meet in the Cowles Council Chambers at City Hall. Proposal requirement questions shall be directed to Renee Krause, CMC, Deputy City Clerk, City Clerk's Office, City of Homer, 491 E Pioneer Avenue, Homer, AK 99603 phone: 907-235-8121, ext.2224; email: Project questions shall be directed to Carey Meyer, Public Works Director, City of Homer, 3575 Heath Street, Homer, AK 99603 phone: 907-235-3170; email: 

Professional Development, Education, Workshop Opportunities

2013 Choose Respect Student Poster Contest is Open


As part of Governor Parnell's Choose Respect Initiative, all Alaskan youth (pre-school through high school) are invited to participate in this year's iRespect poster contest. Youths are asked to send a positive message about respect and healthy relationships by creating a poster depicting this  year's theme, "iRespect," with appropriate imagery and wording.


Teachers are asked to select a finalist from each classroom to submit to the Governor's Office by December 10. The winning artwork will be professionally printed and promoted along with the Choose Respectmarches in March 2013. The winner's classroom will win an ice cream party sponsored by Jewel Lake Tastee Freez, anywhere in Alaska. Questions can be directed to Erin Patterson-Sexson 907-269-7450 or 


F Magazine Announces its 3rd Annual Youth Art & Writing Competition

This year's winners will be published in a special issue of F Magazine, showcased at Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage, and the top two will go to Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp! 


Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in a number of categories of art and writing. The submissions are judged locally. 49 Writers will jury the writing entries, and artist/UAA art instructor Jimmy Riordan will oversee the judging of art entries.


In March, the statewide winners of the 2012 competition will have their work showcased at Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage. Winning writers will have their work read aloud by experienced readers and actors and the entire event will be streamed online for students unable to attend. For the third year in a row, the statewide art and writing winners will be published in the April issue of F Magazine.  


One writing and one art winner will be chosen to receive full scholarship and airfare for two weeks at the Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp in Sitka, AK.


DEADLINE JAN. 20, 2013. Click HERE for more information or to apply on or go to our website:


The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center offers a variety of art classes this fall:


Photo Printing Workshop

Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4

You've got a great photo - now what? Learn how to edit and prepare digital photos for fine art printing. Each student makes one large photo print. Taught by artist Carl Battreall. $170 member/$190 non-member


Mosaic Workshop

10 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

Learn to create beautiful and functional mosaics using a variety of materials, techniques and tools. Students create a 12-by-16-inch mosaic of their choosing, such as a tabletop, trivet or mirror. Taught by artist Michelle Turk. $120 member/$140 non-member


Ceramics Workshop

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

Students craft ceramic mugs, plates or bowls using a combination of hand-forming and clay tool techniques. Taught by artist Wendy Gingell. $90 member/$110 non-member


Collage Workshop

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7

Create unique artwork by learning to collage with inventive materials and techniques, such as rubbing and using hot plates. Taught by artist Erin Osinkosky. $90 member/$110 non-member


Find complete class listings and registration information at 


Fractured Atlas is offering a series of fiscal sponsorship and fundraising sessions by webinar in September, October and November [on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm EST]: visit for a schedule of the webinars, and to attend the online presentations.


Americans for the Arts officially launches and opens registration for the 2013 Local Arts Classroom. This five-month virtual leadership development series, running January through May 2013, provides an opportunity for emerging local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills through exposure to current practice in the core areas of local arts development. The program is designed to serve arts professionals with less than 10 years of experience in the arts field, including current undergraduate or graduate students and those who are transitioning into the field from another sector.


Selected participants will attend seven 90-minute webinars and seven 60-minute post-webinar discussion calls, each offering opportunities to connect with field leaders. Participants will also have opportunities to regularly connect with peers around the country, and have access to a Classroom participant only web portal that will include resources to further study in each subject.


Full schedule and Topic Descriptions 


Participants in the 2013 Local Arts Classroom will be selected via a competitive application and panel process. A maximum of 40 individuals will be accepted into the program. CLICK HERE for Registration Details and to download the Application Form. For more information, contact Leadership Development Program Manager Stephanie Hanson at


 "Dressing From The Inside Out. Georgian Costume; What Our Founding Mothers Wore."

Georgian Wardrobe Workshops (For costumers, historians and seamsters with sewing experience), sponsored by the Celtic Community of Alaska 

Georgian Stays Workshop

Saturday and Sunday December 15-16, 9 am - 4 pm $175.00


Georgian Gown Workshop: Anglaise, Francaise or Jacket

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 18-19, 12 - 8 pm $100.00


To register, click here. Both workshops will be held at the UAA-Weaving Studio , 707 A Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, AK. Email Kristen Foggie at, call 347-439-8885 or click here for more information.


WordPress Web Design Workshop

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2012 8 AM - 5 PM


Out of a Jam Solutions, 642 S. Alaska St., Suite 200, Palmer, AK 99645 T 907.745.2015,

Website, email  


Boot camp for those who want to build a personal, business, or organization website using the Wordpress CMS. Create your own site & learn to master all the basics. No experience with Wordpress required. Equipment list & course outline available. This two-day, 16-hour course includes breakfast & lunch both days, materials, & two hours of one-on-one support after the course. Word-Press software & plugins are free; paid/premium themes & other features are optional. $400 per participant

Openings and Closings


Kathy Smith "New Works on Paper", Nov. 2 - Dec. 5 at the Bunnell Street Arts Center, 106 West Bunnell Street, Homer, AK.  


Kristin Link, 2012 Solo Artist, Nov. 2 - Jan.12 at the Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK, 


Ron Naanes, "ORACLE - Looking for Guidance",

Nov. 2 - Dec. 2 at ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK


"Rarefied Light",

Remains on view through Nov. 25 at Anchorage Museum. This exhibition is organized by the

Alaska Photographic Center and will travel throughout the state. After the exhibition closes in Anchorage Nov. 25, it will travel to the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks (Dec. 7-30); Kenai Peninsula College (Jan. 11- Feb. 7, 2013); and Kodiak College Campus Center (Feb. 15-March 8, 2013). 


Smithsonian Spotlight: Documenting Yup'ik Traditional Knowledge

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Anchorage Museum

Calista Elders Council Director Mark John, Yup'ik translator Alice Rearden and anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan discuss their decade-long documentation of Yup'ik traditional knowledge. They also share and discuss the council's four most recent books: Ellavut/Our Yup'ik World and Weather, Our Nelson Island Stories, Yupiit Yuraryarait/Yup'ik Ways of Dancing and Mission of Change. A book signing follows. Free


Sewing Salmon Artist Residency

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 4-7

Observe and ask questions as Alaska Native fish skin sewing experts Audrey Armstrong,

Marlene Nielsen and Coral Chernoff create salmon skin bags and clothing in the

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. This residency will help sustain a long Alaska Native fish skin sewing tradition. Included with admission


The following exhibits open First Friday November 2 at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street, Anchorage, AK and continue through December 1:


North & Center Galleries: "Drawing '12", a group exhibition curated by Don Decker, featuring 16 artists including Peter Dunlap-Shohl, Celia Anderson, Mariano Gonzalez, Wanda Seamster, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, and Esther Hong.


South Gallery: "CUPtemporary" Become a member, or renew your current membership at the $50 level or above and select a cup of your choice (including case), as our gift to you. Cups may be taken home at the end of the exhibit. Thank you to all the artists who created cups!


Guest Room: Edward Whetstone Hutchinson & Isolde Gibson, "Whimsical Canvas & Clay"


Ernestine Hayes to Speak at UAS Evening at Egan: "What shall we do with our histories?"

Speaker: Ernestine Hayes, Assistant Professor of English

Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall


This acclaimed address, delivered by Hayes at venues such as the Association for Literature and the Environment Conference and the International Polar Year gathering, presents the recent history of Lingit Aani and examines its relevance to current circumstances from a perspective unfamiliar to commonly held beliefs.


"My talk asks listeners to consider history from a perspective that is unfamiliar and perhaps even somewhat uncomfortable. When we place ourselves in new contexts, our views may shift. When we look at history from a different point of view, we can also look at the present--and the future--with new understanding," said Hayes, an American Book Award recipient.


Contact: Ernestine Hayes, Assistant Professor of English

Arts and Sciences-Humanities, Juneau campus,,



"Rarefied Light", an annual juried exhibition showcasing the best of Alaska's fine art photography, debuts Oct. 5 at the Anchorage Museum. This exhibition is organized by the Alaska Photographic Center and will travel throughout the state.  


After the exhibition closes in Anchorage Nov. 25, it will travel to the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks (Dec. 7-30); Kenai Peninsula College (Jan. 11- Feb. 7, 2013); and Kodiak College Campus Center (Feb. 15-March 8, 2013).


Process Alaska, a curated exhibit featuring 10 Alaskan artists, opened in New York City at the Good Question Gallery at the DUMBO Spot and at the Peanut Underground Gallery The show then traveled back to the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer, AK, with a reception and short gallery installation October 19 - 21. The exhibit will be at International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Dec. 7-31 .


Participating artists are Michael Walsh, Gretchen Sagan, Jimmy Riordan, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Brian Adams, Michael Conti, Deborah Tharp, Garry Mealor, Nicolas Galanin, and Julie Decker. The exhibit was co-curated by Richard Cutrona of The Good Question Gallery and Michael Conti.   


The Pratt Museum is pleased to present a new exhibit opening Friday, November 9. History in the Making: Quilts, Quilters and their Stories is a non-juried show of contemporary quilts. Each piece reflects the rich history of Kachemak Bay and its creator's connection to the region. Presenting a wide variety of quilting techniques and a diversity of artists, History in the Making explores our eclectic community through this ever-evolving American art form. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, November 9, from 5 to 7pm. The exhibit will run through December 30


Throughout the month of November the Alaska Humanities Forum offices will feature Dia de Muertos-themed creations including new works from artists Christina Barber and Angela Ramirez, altars from Begich Middle School students, brilliantly decorated sugar skulls from Cecilia Karoly-Lister and Holly Anderson-Caldwell, and photography from Indra Arriaga.The Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit in the Forum lobby gallery opens this Friday, November 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., with an artists' discussion at 6 p.m. Refreshments and appetizers prepared by Alaska chef Rob Kinneen will be served.


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 

The Girdwood Center for Visual Arts, a vibrant artists' cooperative with a well-established history of developing and celebrating the arts, is seeking to contract a part-time Creative Director. The Creative Director's duties would include planning, assisting and attending all art shows and fundraising events; seeking out new artists; and other duties as defined by the Board of Directors. Marketing, fundraising and social networking experience are a must. An art background is encouraged. In addition to a flexible work schedule, this position would require occasional commutes to Girdwood. Compensation: $20 an hour/ 50 hours a month. To apply, please send a letter of application and resume to: GCVA Search Committee, P. O. Box 678, Girdwood AK 99587. Contact Gina Edwards at Gallery 31 Fifty, 907-336-2457 for more information. 

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Board has begun the search for a new, part-time executive director who will assist the AAEC Board with the day-to-day operations.  A job description and application are available at  Applications will be accepted until 9 p.m. Nov. 30, 2012.


The successful candidate must have

  • Excellent computer skills and experience working with blogs, social networks, website, Quickbooks, Word, & photo programs
  • Arts education and/or education background preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in working with a board, budgets and familiarity with Alaska, education and arts in the state
  • Ability to work independently from their own home office with a computer and internet and maintain regular communication with a statewide Board

Interested candidates should submit a completed application, resume, and questions to no later than 9 p.m. November 30, 2012.


To help artists understand the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) and the related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), and to help them navigate the changes in law that will take place over the next few years, LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity) recommends the following resources created by contributors to their National Artist Health Insurance Initiative:

  • The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) a program of The Actors Fund, has authored a summary and timeline of the provisions of the PPACA legislation, available at 
  • Springboard for the Arts has produced a Health Fair Toolkit to leverage the successes of Springboard's various Artists' Access to Healthcare (AAH) initiatives. for information on hosting a health fair in your own community to help local artists navigate the changes that PPACA will bring.
  • For a snapshot of "what's in it for you," visit LINC grantee Fractured Atlas to find your demographic profile.


The Student Veterans of the University of Alaska Fairbanks are seeking volunteer readers and supervisors for the second annual Veterans Day Memorial Roll Call on November 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will memorialize the more than 6,500 service members who have been killed in action while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Visit , email, or call 907-474-2475.


The Alaska State Museum in Juneau has announced the 2012 award winners and selections for Alaska Positive, a biennial photographic competition open to all Alaskans, now in its 40th year. Selected for awards were:


*           Juror's Choice Award ($300): Loren Holmes, Anchorage, Butchering the Whale

*           Award of Recognition ($150): Ben Huff, Juneau, Mile 250, Idling Trucks, Chandalar Shelf

*           Award of Recognition ($150): Deanna Lampe, Juneau, Lost, Found

*           Honorable Mention (for Body of Work): Loren Holmes, Anchorage

*           Honorable Mention: Douglas Yates, Ester, Main Street, Ester, Alaska

*           Honorable Mention: Clark James Mishler, Anchorage, Winter Dogs


"Every submission to Alaska Positive 2012 reflects pride in the state's unique culture, industry and landscape," said this year's juror, Holly Andres, an accomplished professional photographer from Portland, Ore. "The judging process gave me a whole new appreciation for the contemporary Alaskan experience."


The Juror's Choice and Recognition Awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska Museum. All photographs selected by the juror will be displayed as part of the Alaska Positive 2012 exhibit, which opens at the Alaska State Museum on November 2 and travel around the state for the next two years. Alaska Positive will be on display at the museum until January 5, 2013.

Contact Us

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 Director
(907) 269-6682 

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


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)
Josie Stiles (Nome)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

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