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Artists from Alaska and the Arctic will tell stories of the North through new works

Anchorage Museum selects artists for future exhibitions and residencies


Thomas Chung, "Young Handsome Guy Seeks Fishing Buddy," watercolor on paper, 2015.

Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage Museum is dedicated to supporting living artists through exhibitions, residencies and programs. “Contemporary art is a reflection of our time. It is important in providing a narrative for the place and moment we are living in,” said Anchorage Museum director Julie Decker. “The museum is a place for conversations about our past, present and future — artists are keen observers of the world around us.”

One of the Anchorage Museum’s core exhibition programs is the Patricia B. Wolf solo exhibition series, which features the work of Alaska artists. A review panel organized by the museum recently selected five Alaska artists to present exhibitions at the museum between 2017 and 2019. They include: Alison Bremner (Yakutat), Thomas Chung (Anchorage) Alanna DeRocchi (Anchorage), Elizabeth Irving (Fairbanks) and Amy Meissner (Anchorage).

Meissner works in textiles, creating small and large-scale works, often from vintage materials. Bremner incorporates oral history, ancient mythology, Tlingit design and present-day imagery in her work. Irving works in painting — both oil and acrylic. DeRocchi’s ceramic sculptures reflect her interest in animals and nature. Chung works in a variety of media ranging from performance to large print photography, installation, sculpture, painting and drawing.

In addition to the upcoming solo exhibitions, the Anchorage Museum is working with artists from around the world to participate in residencies and programs — through installation, performance, research and other activities. The current list of participating artists appears below.

Artist Residencies and Solo Exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum

Patricia B Wolf Solo Exhibitions (2017-2019)


Upcoming solo exhibition in 2016


Artist Residencies

  • Jimmy Riordan, Anchorage, works primary with installation and performance
  • Peter Williams, Sitka, working with fashion and design
  • Robyn Renee Hasty, Brooklyn, New York, works primarily with photography, sculpture and installation, (Rasmuson Foundation artist-in-residence, in collaboration with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina)


Artists working in the Anchorage Museum’s Discovery Center

  • James Havens, painting large oil canvas of prehistoric marine reptiles (trough June 2016)
  • Honor Bowman, created a mural on temporary walls from East Wing construction, featuring “snapshots” of Alaska


Artists advising on the design of installations in the museum’s new Alaska Gallery

  • Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage, multimedia artist working with natural and synthetic materials and reflecting upon traditional and contemporary Alaska Native culture
  • Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Fairbanks, working in photography, sculpture and installation


Artists participating in the museum’s Polar Lab international artist residency program in 2016 include:

  • Lead Pencil Studio, Portland, Ore., working on a research-based art project that seeks to capture the elusive qualities of water in its three physical forms within the Alaska environment - liquid, solid and gas.
  • Eames Demetrios, Los Angeles, artist and filmmaker, as part of his Kcymaexthaere project. Demetrios will also be a featured speaker at the Museum’s Design Weekend Sept. 17 to talk about his work leading the Eames Foundation
  • John Grade, Seattle, creates large-scale sculptures that are exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature.
  • Jeroen Toirkens, Holland, photographer who will visit boreal forests around the world with journalist Jelle Brandt in search of the stories and people who live there.
  • Wild Shore New Music, is dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music to Kachemak Bay, Alaska, and exploring how art engages the material and natural world.
  • Marita Solberg, Norway, performance artist who will perform at the Anchorage Museum and Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer in September
  • David Pettibone, Anchorage, painter and figurative artist, who will work on a project depicting observations of trees
  • Rebecca Fradkin, Richmond, Va., writer-in-residence who will revise her novel, reworking medieval Welsh mythology and Native American legends into a story about Ancient Welsh kings, modern children, loons, and dragons.

The Anchorage Museum is grateful to the Alaska State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and Anchorage Museum Foundation’s Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund for ongoing support of the museum’s solo exhibition series. Polar Lab is made possible, in part, by the Carr Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.



The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.


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