Anchorage Museum Showcases Alaska Artists in Four Summer Exhibitions
The Anchorage Museum offers four new summer exhibitions that focus solely on Alaska-made art:
"(Re)emergence: Contemporary Native Art and Design from the Anchorage Museum Collection"
On view through Dec. 31
This exhibition celebrates what it means to be Native in Alaska today. It features nearly 50 art works created during the past five decades by prominent Alaska Native artists such as James Robert Schoppert, Alvin Amason and Preston Singletary. The exhibition is flush with examples of Native artists transcending traditional media while embracing the past. For instance, a metallic mask by Lawrence Beck is sculpted from a hubcap, bicycle handle bars and dentist mirrors.
"All Alaska Juried Exhibition XXXIII"
On view through Oct. 3
For more than 30 years, the biennial All Alaska Juried Exhibition has recognized the unique contributions Alaska artists are making to the world of contemporary art. This year's exhibition includes 44 art works in a variety of media including painting, film and sculpture. Works were chosen from a pool of 433 submissions by artists across the state. Anchorage artist Maria Shell won the Juror's Choice Award with her vibrant quilt "Colors Unfurled, aka If Betsy Ross Had My Stash." After the exhibition closes in Anchorage, it will tour to Juneau and Fairbanks.
On view through Aug. 29
Each of the four large-scale sculptures in this exhibition offers an intriguing visual twist while commenting on the relationship between the natural world and the man-made environment. Featured artists include Wendy Ernst Croskrey, an art professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Robert Pfitzenmeier, creator of the museum's signature red Crystal Lattice sculpture on Seventh Avenue.
"Inspired, Inventive, Irreverent: Contemporary Craft from the Museum Collection"
On view through Aug. 29
This exhibition highlights 100 of the finest examples of Alaska contemporary craft in the museum's collection, including woodcarving, ceramics and textiles. These works blur the line between art and craft. Chosen works are technically skillful and feature an unusual inspiration, an unexpected use of materials or a humorous idea. Featured artists include Fran Reed, Carla Potter and David Boxley.
Read more about these exhibitions at www.anchoragemuseum.org.
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.
General admission is $10 adult, $8 senior/student/military, $7 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. Learn more online at www.anchoragemuseum.org.
Photo caption: Robert Pfitzenmeier, Jr., "Trigon," ash wood and metal, one of four sculptures in the Anchorage Museum's "Nature Redefined" large-scale sculpture exhibition. Find high resolution versions of this image and more at www.anchoragemuseum.org/media<http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/media>.
Posted: June 7, 2010
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