January 2013 ASCA News 


troll fish

Jay Marvin leads the way as this friendly crew moves Ray Troll's thirteen foot long aluminum  

King Salmon into place on a snowy December day at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage (Post Rd. & Reeve Blvd).  This new public artwork is part of the  

State of Alaska Percent for Art Program and is titled River Duet II. The rest of  

Ray's artwork was installed on the building later the same day.


In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Contemporary Art Bank Call for Entries is Open
Rasmuson Foundation Increases Grant Amounts for Individual Artists
National Endowment for the Arts Opportunities
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
Happy New Year! I can't believe that it has been a year since I arrived in Alaska, when we were all gearing up for the statewide arts conference. Nothing like meeting over 200 members of the Alaska arts community my first week on the job! Since then, I have had the tremendous pleasure of visiting numerous communities in the state, though I now understand how naïve I was to think I would be able to see the whole state in just a year. I look forward to continuing to visit communities in every corner of our state and witness firsthand the wealth of arts and culture that Alaska possesses.


We hope you enjoyed a productive and successful 2012. Here at ASCA we have been hard at work streamlining our processes and tightening up our operations so that we can serve you and the citizens of Alaska as effectively and efficiently as possible. We are planning for a terrific year ahead--full of many good surprises!--and we look forward to continuing our work with you to foster strong communities and cultivate creative lives for all Alaskans.


Finally, here are some fun arts links from the web. Enjoy!

  • Don't forget to support your favorite arts organizations through Pick.Click.Give




Tips for Alaskan Visual Artists: Submitting Your Work for Purchase by the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank

Have you wondered how ASCA purchases art for its lending collection, the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank? We're about to do it once again, so please get ready by doing the following:

  • Set up a user profile on  www.callforentry.org. It's easy, and the only way to apply for this and many other art calls.
  • Make some great art! Our state-wide jury will be looking at all media, with an eye towards durability and suitability for a public setting. Then get some good-quality photographs made to show off your work.
  • Upload your artwork photos to your CaFE profile. Don't fear: CaFE provides technical help with formatting your images, help forums, and FAQs on their site to walk you through it. They have also eased their image formatting requirements, so no need to "square" your images anymore! 
  • Keep your eyes on our web site and CaFE for the announcement that the call is open, and apply through CaFE. It's free and opens doors to many other opportunities. The call will have a lot more information, this notice is to help you get started.

If you have any questions about this call or process, please contact Janelle Matz at janelle.matz@alaska.gov or Andrea Noble-Pelant at andrea.noble-pelant@alaska.gov; we're here to help! The deadline for entry will be March 1, 2013.




The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded over $44,900 in grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations in its third funding quarter of the year.



Artchange, Inc., Sitka - $2,500

Cyrano's Theatre Company, Anchorage - $4,000

Institute of the North, Anchorage - $2,000

Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer - $4,000

Kodiak Arts Council, Kodiak -$4,500

Performing Arts Society, Kenai - $2,750

Valley Arts Alliance, Palmer - $4,000



Christine Byl, Denali Park - $900   

Linda Ketchum, Anchorage - $900   

Enzina Marrari, Anchorage - $900    

Melissa Mencini, Anchorage -  $900  

Rebecca Poulson, Sitka - $600   



Alaska Theatre of Youth, Anchorage - $1,000

Kenai Performers, Kenai - $860 




Jennifer R Olney-Miller (apprentice)

Nicholas Lee Galanin (master), Sitka  - $2,000                      

Vaughn Eide (apprentice), Ward Cove

Nathan Jackson (master), Ketchikan/Saxman - $2,000  


The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support for arts education and arts touring grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. All grant funding is contingent on the State of Alaska's appropriation.



Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of First Peoples Fund's Culture Capital fellowship grants.


David Boxley (Tsimshian) founded and leads a performance group called the Git-Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon), and he designs and carves totem poles, bentwood boxes, rattles, performance masks and other traditional pieces. He has revived the Potlatch ceremony in his home town of Metlakatla, Alaska. Boxley will teach a two-dimensional design class which will provide students the step by step instructions on how to create northwest coast design elements according to tradition.


For more information about First People's Fund and grant awardees, visit www.firstpeoplesfund.org.


Rasmuson Foundation Grants for Individual Artists is Open


Rasmuson color logo Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation has opened the application process for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and this year the awards are more substantial than ever. The foundation has increased the amount of money to be awarded to Alaska-based artists for the first time since the program's inception in 2004.


Individual Artist awards are designed to support Alaskan artists in ten artistic disciplines at various stages of their career and creative development and are available in three categories. This year the foundation will provide grants of $7,500 for project awards, meant for artists with short-term project needs; $18,000 for artist fellowship awards, given to mid-career and mature artists to advance their career; and $40,000 for the Distinguished Artist Award, in recognition of creative excellence and superior accomplishments. Rasmuson Foundation created the Individual Artist Awards to encourage the growth of serious artists, helping them continue to create, experiment and contribute art to Alaska communities.


This year the fellowship category includes awards for choreography, crafts, performance art, folk and traditional art, and literary arts/scriptworks. In addition to these discipline areas, Project Award applications are welcomed from artists working in media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts.


Applications may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 1, or sent by mail and postmarked by March 1, 2013.


Eligible applicants are Alaska residents of two or more years who have not won an Individual Artist Award in the past three years and are 18 years or older. Interested applicants can receive more information and apply online at http://www.rasmuson.org.


Applicants may also call 907-297-2700 or 877-366-2700 (toll free in Alaska), or write to the Rasmuson Foundation, 301 W. Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 400, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, for additional information or to request an application.


For information about the Rasmuson Foundation's ongoing funding commitment to arts and culture programs in the state of Alaska, click here.


The Anchorage Daily News recently published an editorial written by Jayson Smart about the need for support for the arts. Click here for the entire Compass piece.


NEA Announces Commitment to Grants for Art Projects in 2014
The NEA grant opportunities listed below are for projects anticipated to take place in 2014. Grants for Arts Projects consists of Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track programs and constitutes 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking. These matching grants help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work - both new and established.


Art Works

Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category. These matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover a broad range of projects across all disciplines. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, training programs and literature fellowships. In FY 2012, the NEA supported more than 1,790 grants totaling $102 million through this category.


2013 Deadlines: March 7th & August 8th


Challenge America Fast-Track

Challenge America Fast-Track grants support primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations--those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. All of these awards are $10,000 matching grants. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals and training programs. These grants feature an expedited review process with approximately six months from application to notification. In FY 2012, Challenge America funded 153 grants totaling $1.53 million.


2013 Deadline: May 23rd





  •          Non-profit arts organizationsNEA Logo
  •          Non-profit arts service organizations
  •          Local arts agencies
  •          Official units of state or local government
  •          K-12 school districts
  •          Federally recognized tribal communities
  •          Other non-profit organizations
  •          Colleges and universities


In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff. The schedule follows with all times Eastern Standard.


Artist Communities: February 6, 2:30-3:30

Arts Journalism: January 29, 4:00-5:00

Arts Education: February 12, 1:00-2:00

Dance: February 5, 4:00-5:00

Design: February 6, 4:00-5:00

Folk & Traditional Arts: February 12, 2:30-3:30

Literature: February 5, 2:30-3:30

Local Arts Agencies: January 29, 2:30-3:30

Media Arts: January 29, 1:00-2:00

Museums: February 6, 1:00-2:00

Music: January 30, 1:00-2:00

Opera: January 30, 4:00-5:00

Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works: January 10, 3:00-4:00

Theater & Musical Theater: February 12, 4:00-5:00

Visual Arts: February 5, 1:00-2:00


To join any of the webinars, go to http://arts.gov/podweb/webinars.html.


ASCA Notices

Operating Support Grant Applications to open in January  

Alaska State Council on the Arts' Operating Support Annual and Biennial Grant applications will be open in mid-January with a deadline of March 1, 2013. Grant applications may only be submitted electronically through ASCA's CultureGrants Online site https://alaska.cgweb.org/. If you are a first time applicant or your organization intends to shift Operating Support grant categories you must contact ASCA staff prior to applying. Grant guidelines and eligibility criteria and staff contact information is posted on the Culture Grants Online site.


Poetry Out Loud Video Adjudication postmark deadline - January 18th


Anchorage Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition - January 31st, 5 p.m. at the Loussac Library Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage


Fairbanks Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition - February 5th, 6 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks


Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Deadline - February 8th (Click here for POL information


Quarterly Grant 4th Quarter Deadline - March 1st: Community Arts Development, Workshop, Master Artist and Apprentice, Walker Arts, Career Opportunity Grants (please contact ASCA to confirm funding availability in these categories before applying) 

Arts Educator Fellowship  - March 15th (Click here for application and guidelines)     


Poetry Out Loud Statewide Competition - March 19th


Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are still available, on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes for more information.  


Have you liked us on Facebook yet?  If you haven't, go to www.facebook.com/ArtsAlaska to make sure that you stay up to date on ASCA opportunities, events and intriguing arts-related articles from across the web.   


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


13th Annual Wearable Art Runway Show: ORGANIX

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council/Juneau Arts and Culture Center

Online Application deadline: January 7, 2013, at 5 pm


$35 Entry Fee  

Two Shows:Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8 pm and Sunday, February 10, 2013, 3 pm


To enter, complete the 2013 Wearable Art Entry Form here, and submit a music CD and a photo or diagram sketch of your entry by January 7. (Drop them off at the JACC, or email them to kari@jahc.org.) When you register, sign your model(s) up for two individual model rehearsals. Plan to attend both grand parade rehearsals and the dress rehearsal, and come to a planning meeting January 10, 5-7 pm. For instructions, click here. For questions, email kari@jahc.org or call



Spring 2013 Createquity Writing Fellowship

Application deadline: January 8, 2013

Information available here.


Createquity has opened applications for the Spring 2013 Createquity Writing Fellowship. The Fellowship was designed to continually bring new voices into national and international conversations about the future of the arts.


America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants  

National Endowment for the Humanities

Application Deadline: January 9, 2013

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


These 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.


Our Town creative placemaking grants program

National Endowment for the Arts

Application Deadline: January 14, 2013, 11:59 pm

$25,000 - $200,000


 Project types supported through Our Town include:

  •  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. 

 ArtsLink Project Awards

 Deadline: January 15, 2013

 Guidelines and application form are available at www.cecartslink.org.


ArtsLink Projects awards provide support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in eligible countries overseas. Applications will be accepted from individual artists, curators and non-profit arts organizations working in visual and media arts for awards up to $10,000 Projects must take place between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.


Wintermoot Mixed Reality Festival at Fur Rondy

Proposals due by January 15.

If you have a project you would like to propose, please send an email to Nathan Shafer at shafernathan@yahoo.com.


The show will be held from March 1 to March 31, 2013. The theme for the show this year is "If on a winters night a traveler", to integrate digital storytelling and travelogues into the festival.   Works do not have to be exclusively narrative or Oulipian in nature. The festival is accepting proposals for works in 3D format, preferably in obj/wavefront, as well as animated gifs and audio works (compressed mp3s).


2013 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Deadline for Application January 15th

For information and application visit the Kennedy Center website.


The VSA & Accessibility Department at the Kennedy Center announces the VSA International Young Soloists Competition, which annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Photography NOW 2013

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Deadline: January 22, 2013

CPW, 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498, 945-679-9957

For instructions on how to apply and to download the application form, please visit www.cpw.org

Annual call for entries. Eight to ten selected photographers will be exhibited in CPW's gallery from April 13 - June 15, 2013. Juried by Kira Pollack, director of photography at TIME Magazine.


Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations (CBCO) Grant Program
Alaska Community Foundation
Application Deadline: ongoing (February 1, April 1, June 1, and August 1, 2013)

Up to $15,000 with typical grants ranging between $3,000 and $5,000

www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.


Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the state of Alaska can apply for grants to build capacity in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and effectiveness evaluation.


Embracing Our Differences

Postmark Deadline: January 7, 2013.  

Contact: Info@EmbracingOurDifferences.org.


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.


The State Library, Archives and Museums (Juneau, AK) Call for Artists 

Deadline: Jan 10, 2013 on www.callforentry.org.

Total Art Budget $600,000 USD.


Arc Gallery's "Mayhem" National Juried Exhibition

May 4 - 25, 2013

Deadline: February 24th, 2013

$35 entry fee for up to three pieces. 60% of sale goes to artists, 40% to Arc.

Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

For more information, click here.


Join in our madness, mischief, and monkey business with the aim to create pandemonium, chaos, and discord at Arc Gallery's "Mayhem" National Juried Exhibition. No jewelry, video, film, performance, installations, works requiring external electrical source. Opening on May 4th 7-10 pm, Artist Talk on May 25th 12-2 pm.


The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program

Deadline: March 1, 2013 for residencies in 2014.

Go here for more information.


The Creative Artists' Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are eligible. Selected artists will receive a $20,000 grant to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either one artist or a collaborative team, and up to $2,000 for round-trip transportation.


LAPS 21st National Exhibition Call for Entries

Los Angeles Printmaking Society

Deadline: February 1, 2013

$3000 in prizes, free year membership in LAPS, full catalog Download the prospectus here  


Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency 

US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Deadline: February 18, 2013 (postmark), March 1, 2013 (email)

For more information, contact Barbara Lydon at (907) 783-0090, e-mail: blydon@fs.fed.us 


Residency period: June through August 2013; dates vary, 7-9 days

Ten wilderness areas currently participate in the Voices of the Wilderness program. They range from the towering old growth rain forests of the Tongass National Forest to the sweeping arctic valleys of Western Arctic National Parklands. In each residency, the artist travels alongside a ranger and is exposed to public lands stewardship projects.Residencies are open to visual artists and art professionals in all media, musicians, singers, composers, filmmakers and writers.


Boeing Makes Local Corporate Arts and Culture Grants in Alaska

Applications accepted mid-February through late September

Information and grant guidelines available here.


Boeing gives grants to Alaskan institutions in the areas of: education; health and human services; arts and culture; civics; and environment. They require a pre-application Letter of Inquiry and accept grant applications from mid-February through late September. Once an application has been submitted, there is a 30 - 60 day time period to learn about approval.


Professional Development, Education, Workshop Opportunities


First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival

335 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK, 99901, (907) 225-4792  
Go here to register.


Pre-Registration Dates:
Vocal: Dec. 4th - Jan. 7th 2013
Instrumental: Dec. 4th - Jan. 14th
Vocal workshops: Jan. 7th - 17th

Jazz & Gospel Choir,Beginner & Pop Cabaret (solo) - waitlist only, Musical Theatre (solo),Great American Songbook (solo), Just Jazz (solo & back-up), Sing It With A Friend (Vocal Ensembles)

Instrumental Workshops: Jan. 14th - Jan. 17th
Jazz and Blues Ensemble with Paul Meyers and Christian Fabian

Jazz & Cabaret Gala Performances: Friday & Saturday, January 18th & 19th
Doors open at 7:00pm, Ted Ferry Civic Center

Jazz & Cabaret Family Show: Sunday, January 20th
2:30pm, Kayhi Auditorium


2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Deadline: February 4, 2013

Visit www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply for information and application.


The 12 winning programs will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to accept their awards from First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Afterschool and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.


The Big Read 2013 from the National Endowment for the Arts

Application Deadline: February 5, 2013

Programming Dates: September 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

Approximately 75 organizations will be selected



The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds.


Vans Custom Culture Art Competition for High School Students Open

Registration begins January 2nd, 2013 and closes on February 11th, or when the cap of 1,500 schools is reqached.

Registration and information online.


Custom Culture invites art teachers to lead their students in the customization of four pairs of blank Vans sneakers. Teachers will upload photos of their students' finished sneakers to our website and after an internal selection and round of public voting, a group of five finalist schools will be flown to New York City where the winning school will receive a $50,000 donation to their art program and the chance to have their shoes produced and sold in Vans stores.


Free Webinars for Collections Care

Image Permanence Institute 

1/3/2013 - 9/4/2013 - Each webinar will be presented on a Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern Standard Time. Webinar presentations will focus on broad environmental challenges and provide useful and effective suggestions for dealing with them. You can get additional details and register for webinars at www.ipisustainability.org. If you have any questions contact Patti Ford at 585-475-2843 or pafpph@rit.edu  


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

Deadline: Jan. 20, 2013


Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in a number of categories of art and writing. 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!

For more information, visit the F magazine website.


Alaska Society for Technology in Education is accepting student submissions to its

Augmented Reality Gallery

Deadline: February 1, 2013


At the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) 2013 conference, held Feb. 23-26, an AR art gallery will be open to show student work. Send in a file of your artwork, along with a video of you talking about it. When conference goers look at your art through their iPads, they will see you explaining your work while looking at your work.This is a different kind of art gallery, and ASTE welcomes any questions anyone has about how it works.For a more complete description, please go to http://www.jasonohler.com/aste2013/index.cfm or email jaosnohler@gmail.com.


Workshops and Classes at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

625 C Street, Anchorage AK  99501, (907) 929-9231

Alternative Printmaking

Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays

Taught by artist Craig Updegrove. $210 member/$230 non-member

Night Photography

Jan 14-Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays

Taught by photographer Kerry Tasker. $170 member/$190 non-member

Beginning Drawing

Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

Taught by artist Shanley McCauley. $170 member/$190 non-member

Portrait Oil Painting

Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Mondays

Taught by artist Linda Infante Lyons, $170 member/$190 non-member


For more information, go to the Museum's website


Totem Heritage Center Native Art Studies Program

601 Deermount, Ketchikan, AK, 907-225-5900

Intermediate Ladle Carving

Feb. 11-19, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4, $225

Advanced Regalia: Button Robes

Feb. 18 - Mar. 6, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, $225

Cedar Bark Weaving

Mar. 25 - Apr. 5, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, $150, materials fee $45 - $95

Intermediate and Advanced Northwest Coast Carving: Feast Trays

Mar. 29 - Apr. 6, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 10-4, $150


For more information about classes and registration, click here.


Woodstock Artist in Residence 

Three to six week residencies June-Sept. 2013

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2013

Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

To download an application form, visit www.cpw.org 


Woodstock A-I-R provides artist workspace residencies to artist of color working in photography and related media who currently reside in the United States. In 2013 CPW will provide seven residencies for photo-based artists and one residency for a critic/scholar. Residents receive workspace, critical and technical support, housing, stipends for food, travel and honoraria.


Artist-in-Residence Opportunities at the Vermont Studio Center 

for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Visual Artists

Deadline: February 15. Artists may apply online here, or by mail. Go here for a printable application. 


The Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships Program at the Vermont Studio Center was established in 2011 to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, access to VSC's distinguished visiting artists, and a $500 travel stipend.


Two Fellowships are awarded annually to Native artists who demonstrate:
-  Strong artistic ability
-  An evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development
- A practice that engages a dialogue between the artist's indigenous world and the surrounding culture.

To learn more about the Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowship Program, contact David Grozinsky, at 802-635-2727 at the Vermont Studio Center.


Openings and Closings


UAA Student Union Gallery

gallery@uaa.alaska.edu, 907-786-1219 www.uaa.alaska.edu/activities

Birds in Art, through January 25

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum brings the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds from North America.

ClayBody, January 30-February 14

Opening Receptions: Wednesday, January 30, 5-7 pm, Thursday January 31, 1:30 - 3 pm

Functional and sculptural ceramic works by students created during the 2012 school year.


Alaska Junior Theater's Annual Benefit

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6:00 pm, Anchorage Marriot

San Jose Taiko

Table sponsorships and tickets available. Call 272-7546.


Pulse Dance Company's January Concert "Ever After"

January 25 - 27, 2013

Friday-Saturday, 8:00 pm, Sunday 6:00 pm

APU Grant Hall Theatre

Tickets and further details here or call 907-301-3208


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 929-9231, www.anchoragemuseum.org

"All Alaska Juried XXXIV"

On view through Feb. 3, 2013

Massachusetts-based juror Susan Cross selected 40 artworks by 27 different artists for the exhibition. Cross awarded the $1,000 Juror's Choice Award to Anchorage artist James Behlke for three charcoal on canvas works. After the exhibition closes in Anchorage, it will travel to Bear Gallery, Fairbanks (May 4-31, 2013) and Alaska State Museum, Juneau (March 18-April 23, 2013).


"Recent Acquisitions"

On view through Feb. 10, 2013

"Recent Acquisitions" showcases more than 140 new museum holdings, including paintings, ethnographic objects, photographs, sculptures and historical objects. Highlights include unique caribou skin masks from the Nunamiut poeople of Anaktuvuk Pass, paintings by beloved Alaskan artists Sydney Laurence, Eustace Ziegler and Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin; a contemporary button blanket by Shgen George; and sculptures by Art Oomittuk and Earl Atchak.


"Reflex: Stron Softi Solo Exhibition"

On view Feb. 1 through April 14, First Friday reception Feb. 1,

Ketchikan artist Stron Softi employs video, kinetic sculpture and traditional media to explore how people minimize the violence associated with destroying a living being. Stron Softi is the pseudonym adopted by Stephen Paul Jackson, who learned traditional carving techniques from his father, renowned Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

January 4 - 26, 2013, First Friday opening, January 4.5:30 - 7:30 pm

427 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 www.igcaalaska.org

All Galleries: Annual Member Artist Exhibition. Artist members of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art feature works in this annual exhibition to kick off the New Year.
Guest Room: Christy Haughey, Starting Again, paintings and sculptures that integrate

biological themes.

Object Runway: Season 4 Jan. 24 at the Bear Tooth Theaterpub. Tickets $30/$45 on sale Jan. 7.


New England Fish Co.: a 1930 Photo Album

Tongass Historical Museum, 629 Dock Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901

January 4 - February 23, 2013, Opening Reception Friday, January 4, 5-7 pm


"New Skin" at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation

First Friday Reception January 4, 2013, 5-8 pm

500 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-258-2623, www.alaskanativearts.org

An exhibit featuring new works of art by artists and students instructed in a synthetic paint skin workshop with mixed media artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs


Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 

In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

January 4 - 27, 2013, First Friday Opening Reception Friday, January 4, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Art of Fire is a visual art project designed to generate excitement, facilitate mutual understanding and promote meaningful dialogue on issues related to fire science and society, featuring eight Alaskan. For more information, go to www.frames.gov/afsc/artoffire

Northern Influences: Responding to Place and One Another

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

January 4 - 27, 2013, First Friday Opening Reception Friday, January 4, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

An exhibit of artists from Nome, curated by Karen Olanna, reflecting the influence of the land and life of Alaska's Northwest Coast.


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 


Collections committee seeks two members

Two seats on the Anchorage Museum Collections Committee open in February. Ideal candidates are knowledgeable about Alaska art, history or ethnology. Committee duties include reviewing possible acquisitions and evaluating museum collection policies. For more information about the committee or how to apply, click here.  


University Of Alaska Fairbanks Computer Science Students   

Accepting Proposals For Software Design Projects 

Final Deadline for Submissions: January 14, 2013


Submissions will be reviewed as they are received. Submissions can be made by e-mail to uaf-cs-dept@alaska.edu, by regular mail to: Department of Computer Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756670, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6670, or faxed to 907-474-2777. Proposals should include contact information and a description of your organization's needs. Call 907-474-2777 for more information.


The projects allow students to gain real-world experience while local government, public service and private organizations gain software free of charge. Typical prices for commercial custom software development projects done annually by UAF students can be up to $40,000. The projects often require more than 650 hours of development per team of three to five students.


Call For Nominations For Alaskana Award for Alaskana Books

Deadline for submissions will be February 1st, 2013.

For more information, contact: Jim Simard at (907) 465-2926, james.simard@alaska.gov orTeressa Williams (907) 929-9236 Nominations should be sent to Teressa Williams at twilliams@anchoragemuseum.org.


The Alaskana Award Committee is looking for nominations for the annual AkLA Alaskana Award. When nominating a publication, please provide the following information:

  • Author, title, place of publication, publisher and date of publication
  • Full description of the work being nominated
  • Statement of the overall impact of the publication

Supporting documentation for this nomination should include critical testimony, such as published reviews or specially written letters that evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the nomination which will aid the review process.


Call for 2012 EdCom Excellence Awards Nominations

Application Deadline is February 4, 2013.


Since 1983, EdCom has recognized outstanding contributions to museum education by individual practitioners, by museums offering distinguished programs and publications, and by those individuals demonstrating leadership within the entire museum community and beyond.

Apply online at www.edcom.org or www.aam-us.org/awards

Questions? Contact Hassan Najjar at hnajjar@huntermuseum.org.


Alaska Arts Education Seeks Nominations for 2013 Champions of Arts in Education

Nominations are due by January 31, 2013


Each year the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) honors individuals or organizations from around the State of Alaska who champion the arts in education. This celebratory action highlights the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these "champions" in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum allow Alaska's students the opportunity to become effective communicators and responsible, contributing citizens. Go here for information and nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact Crista Cady, at: crista.cady@gmail.com.


American Association for State and Local History Opens Nominations for the 2013 Leadership in History Awards

Deadline: February 1st for submission to state chair

Contact State Chair Bethany Buckingham at bbuckingham@ci.wasilla.ak.us or call at 907-373-9071.


Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and meritorious work by organizations or individuals. The mere fulfillment of routine functions does not justify an award. Action over and above the ordinary call of duty is prerequisite for a Leadership in History Award. Special consideration is given to new and promising ideas, approaches, and innovations that will serve as a model for the field. Nomination Form is attached here.


Americans for the Arts Opens Nominations for the

2013 BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013


Companies large and small that support the arts in the United States are eligible. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations are ineligible. You are asked to submit a 600-word nomination statement. This statement should address how the company supports the arts including: leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and encouraging other companies to support the arts.For information and nomination form click here.


NPS announces new Cultural Resources website "Connecting with Native Americans." 

The Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship and Science, has announced the launch of a new website meant to connect Native Americans with National Park Service cultural resources programs. The site, "Connecting with Native Americans,"www.nps.gov/tribes, brings together information about programs and policies that affect Native Americans and the NPS. Included on the website are "Quick Guides for Preserving Native American Cultural Resources" authored by NPS cultural resource program managers.


Fairbanks Arts Association welcomes nominations for the

2013 Interior Alaska Mayors' Awards for the Arts

Deadline: January 21, 2013 at 6pm

Access nomination forms and information here.


Job Opening: City of Unalaska Recreation Program Coordinator-Arts and Culture

This position is open for applications until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2013.


A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, by calling HR at 907-581-1251, or by downloading here.  Return application to HR in City Hall or by one of the following methods:  Mail to P.O. Box 610, Unalaska, AK 99685; e-mail to kstiles@ci.unalaska.ak.us; or fax to 907-581-4469.


This position works under the direct supervision of the Recreation Manager. Performs routine and complex administrative work in planning, organizing, coordinating and administering a variety of recreation programs including cultural arts, special events, and special interest classes.   This position seeks someone with a strong background in arts, cultural, leisure activities, special events, special interest, and theater.


Job Opening: Executive Director, Alaska Youth Orchestras (Anchorage Youth Symphony Association)

The Executive Director's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the

following: artistic operations, marketing, community relations, development, financial and administrative operations. For more information or to discuss this position, please contact Robert Harris, President, Anchorage Youth Symphony Association. To be considered for this position, please send your resume, a cover letter addressed to the AYO Executive Director Search Committee, a list of three references, and a writing sample to rharris@alaska.net.


UAF Science Cafes

Beginning in 2013 until 2016, STEAM will offer non-residential, two-week summer academies and a series of science cafés in Fairbanks and Tucson, Ariz. The program is designed for sixth to eighth graders, but parents, teachers, youth leaders and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

"Project STEAM: Integrating art with science to build science identities among girls" is a new four-year program led by UAF director Laura Connor and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The application process for students interested in the Colors of Nature academy begins in early 2013. Contact Laura Conner at ldconner@alaska.edu to be placed on the mailing list for information about applying to the academies and for the science cafe schedule. For more information about the program, click here.


Americans for the Arts Blog Post The Impact of Fiscal Cliff Tax Legislation Enacted into Law

Nina Ozlu Tunceli breaks down the impact of Fiscal Cliff Tax Legislation.   


Createquity Blog Post Unpacking Shared Delivery of Arts Education

Createquity Writing Fellow Talia Gibas unpacks and reflects on the model of shared delivery of arts education. 


Alaska State Library Makes Archived OWL Videoconferences Available for Playback

Recordings from selected OWL network videoconferences are now available at http://library.alaska.gov/dev/owlArchives.html and from the main OWL page.

Initial offerings include:

  • Grant Writing Resources, December 13, 2012
  • All Things OWL, October 17, 2012
  • Ann Dixon Author Visit, July 25, 2012
  • To Infinity and Beyond - Seeing the Universe and More!, July 23, 2012


Contact Us

Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  shannon.daut@alaska.gov  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603 saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605 andrea.noble-pelant@alaska.gov  

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608 gina.brown@alaska.gov  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 keren.lowell@alaska.gov 

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682  laura.forbes@alaska.gov 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604 janelle.matz@alaska.gov


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)

For additional information, please visit our web site: http://education.state.gov/aksca/ 


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