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'Recent Acquisitions' Debuts Jan. 8 at the Anchorage Museum


Exhibition includes 19th century images, Dunlap-Shohl cartoons and Laurence painting

The latest additions to the Anchorage Museum's permanent collection are
featured in a new exhibition showcasing more than 200 works of art,
photographs and historical objects. "Recent Acquisitions" is on view
Jan. 8 through Feb. 28.

Art offerings include work by Denis Keogh of Cordova; Wanda Seamster and
Mariano Gonzales of Anchorage; and Bill Brody and Sara Tabbert of
Fairbanks. Exhibition highlights also include objects and photographs
from these donated collections:

*       Anchorage Daily News Peter Dunlap-Shohl Political Cartoon
Collection: Dunlap-Shohl drew political cartoons for the Anchorage Daily
News from 1983 until 2008. This collection is the entirety of his work:
Four drawings a week for 25 years chronicling Alaska's recent history.

*       Robert Matsen Photograph Collection: Matsen surveyed and
constructed runways across Alaska. While traveling, he documented rural
Alaska life. The result is more than 3,000 slides spanning the 1950s to
the 1980s. Highlights include images of Anaktuvuk Pass people
transitioning away from nomadic life.

*       Richard M. Bjorkman Collection: A U.S. Navy sailor in the late
19th century, Bjorkman took pictures of naval operations, village life
and Alaska Native people. His images double the museum's 19th century
photography holdings. This collection also includes scrapbooks and
photographs from prospector/miner Robert Lee Hatcher, as well as a
Sydney Laurence painting of one of Hatcher's cabins.

The Anchorage Museum's permanent collection typically grows through
donations from the community or purchases made possible through grants
and Anchorage Museum Association funding. The majority of the art in
this exhibition was purchased through the Rasmuson Foundation's Alaska
Contemporary Art Acquisition Program.

The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska, and one of the top
10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum's mission is to
share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and
science. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Starting Jan. 1, admission is $10
adults, $8 senior/student/military, free ages 17 and younger. Learn more
online at www.anchoragemuseum.org.
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