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Winners of Juried Art Competition announced


Seven artists have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s sixth Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau.

The winners, chosen by jurors Nathan Jackson, a world-renowned Tlingit artist, and Peter Corey, a scholar in Northwest Coast arts, are:

Best of Show

•               Arthur B. Nelson—Raven Bowl (pictured)

Northwest Coast Customary Art

•               1st Place—Archie J. Cavanaugh, Ch’aak K’aa—Eagle Man Mask

•               2nd Place—Sonya Koenig-Johnson, Spruce Root Hat

•               3rd Place—Ruby Hughes, Woodworm Woman

Northwest Coast Inspired Customary Art

•               1st Place—Harmony Hoss, Beaver Purse

•               2nd Place—Clarissa Rizal, Argillite Totem

•               3rd Place—Shgen DooTan George, Woven Octopus Bag

Fourteen other artists also were chosen to exhibit their work in the show. Those artists included:

•               Alison Bremner

•               Amy Tessaro

•               Beckie Etukeok

•               Cassandra Bulard

•               Fred C. Bemis

•               Ivan D. Willams

•               Jno Didrickson

•               Lance A. Twitchell

•               Mathew Helgeson

•               Mike Dangeli

•               Nicole G. Carle

•               Richard Tagaban

•               Rick Beasley

•               Zachary Knapp

The show features a total of 32 pieces and will be on exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center through June 30. Some of the pieces are available for purchase.

SHI founded the competition in 2002 to promote the development of Southeast Alaska Native arts. The goals of the Juried Art Show are:

-To encourage and enhance the creation and production of Southeast Alaska Native objects of artistic value which have fallen into disuse and are becoming rare.

-To stimulate and enhance the quality of artistic work among our Native artisans.

-To encourage the development of new forms of art of purely Southeast Alaska Native form and design.

To ensure an objective judging process, the names of the artists were not included with the photos of objects viewed during selection for exhibition or with the actual objects during the final judging process to determine top winners.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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