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Pratt Museum Upcoming April - May Events

WINTER HOURS

Galleries Open 12noon –5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PLANKTON TALK WITH GEORGE MATSUMOTO

Friday April 13, 7-8pm

Dr. George Matsumoto is a senior educational and research specialist at Monterey Bay Aquari­um Research Institute in California. He received his PhD from UCLA and his research interests include open ocean and deep sea communities; ecology and biogeography of open ocean and deep sea organisms; functional morphology, and natural history and behavior. He has been at the Mon­terey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI - www.mbari.org) for 15 years conducting scien­tific research and working on exhibit development. This Pratt Museum talk will present a little about his experiences working on plankton (particularly gelatinous plankton) in different areas of the world as well as some of his current research on Ocean Acidification. Included in the presenta­tion will be some examples of some of the exhibits developed at MBARI's sister organization the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These include an exhibit on MBARI, the Deep Sea, Jellies, Plankton, and Climate Change.

 

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Thursday, April 17 or Tuesday May 8, two sessions each day: 11am and 3pm

There are many exciting things to anticipate this summer at the Pratt: like the SeeBird Cam and the Grey Whale Articulation Project. Be a part of the excitement! Join us during one of the sessions on one of the days listed above for a Volunteer Orientation to learn about becoming part of an ex­traordinary community service team, the Pratt Museum’s Volunteers. Volunteers share their time, energy, talent and dedication, gifts that support our community Museum. Local knowledge is treasured! Tours will be given and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Please contact Jennie at 435-3326 or info@prattmuseum.org.

PRATT PLAYDATE

Friday April 27, 10-11am, Marine Gallery

Bring your toddler and enjoy hands-on activities in the Marine Gallery. This family free event is designed for babies and toddlers. You are never too young to start visiting your local museum.

 

FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION FOR QUPAK, ARTWORK BY SONYA KELLIHER-COMBS

Friday, May 4, 5-7pm

Renowned Alaska Native artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs will talk about Qupak, her current solo ex­hibition on display in the Pratt’s Special Exhibits Gallery through May 27.

 

CURRENT EXHIBITS

JUBILEE 2012 FESTIVAL OF YOUNG ARTISTS!

April 3 through May 13, Contemporary Art Gallery

This exhibition features local youth art on display for Jubilee 2012 Festival of Young Artists.

 

QUPAK, ARTWORK BY SONYA KELLIHER-COMBS

May 4, First Friday Artist Reception

February 3-May 27, Special Exhibits Gallery

A solo exhibition of new works by renowned Alaska Native artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs: Qupak. Kelliher-Combs uses synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials to examine relationships. A diverse Athabascan, Inupiaq, Irish, and German background influences her art, mixing Western with traditional Native culture, organic and modern materials, and man with nature.

CALL TO QUILTERS
EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY
Deadline for intent to participate: September 1, 2012
Pratt Museum will be hosting a themed quilt show "HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Quilts, Quilters and their Stories" from November 9–December 30, 2012. Quilters are invited to create works that reflect our 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” 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 September 1, 2012. Quilts need to be delivered for installation on Mon­day, November 5, between 9:00 and 11:00 am. For more information call 235-8635.

 

NATIVE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY

2012 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY                          FOR ALASKA  NATIVE STUDENTS

Applications available at www.prattmuseum.org

The Gale Parsons Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 by Gale’s friends and family as a way to honor her memory and continue her legacy.  Gale was dedicated to nature, cultural under­standing and arts education.  Gale played a major role in shaping the Pratt Museum’s exhibits and educational programs.  She worked to strengthen the Museum’s relationships with Native villages and tribes.  She also helped establish Tamamta Katurlluta, the Gathering of Native Tradition. Eli­gibility Requirements & Award Amount: An annual Scholarship of $500 will be awarded each year to deserving area Native student in the region who wishes to pursue formal education in cul­tural studies or archaeology.  Area High School and College students are encouraged to apply.  The scholarship recipient will also be awarded a travel scholarship to participate in a week of ar­chaeological/anthropological survey fieldwork at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in June of 2012. Students will also have the option of receiving UAA college credit for this fieldwork ex­perience.

 

ONGOING

FISH FEEDINGS

Every Tuesday and Friday at 4pm, Marine Gallery

Help feed the intertidal creatures in the aquaria. Fish feeding is fun, free and all are welcome!

 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Various education programs are taking place throughout the year at the Pratt.  Check out our

website for more details, www.prattmuseum.org and click on our calendar of events.

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