Statewide Postcard Art Contest Winners
Ten Alaskan artists are winners of this year’s statewide postcard contest sponsored by Kindred Post, an art gallery and contract post office in downtown Juneau.
Each winning artist receives $100, and their work is being printed on 1,000 postcards featured at Kindred Post.
“What I love about this contest is it shows us the many ways Alaskans experience Alaska through their work,” says Kindred Post owner Christy NaMee Eriksen. “Not only do we receive different types of art, but we receive different types of worldviews. Why people take photos of what they do, paint what they do, examine what they do—it’s all influenced by their experience as women, as queer, as indigenous, as Asian American, et cetera. Of course, they all have this in common: they love Alaska.”
A panel of judges selected winners from nearly 300 submissions, the largest pool since the biennial contest began in 2017. This year’s judges included Lily Ayau, Angela Cox, Tripp Crouse, Brita Fagerstrom, Jill Kaasteen, Maka Monture, and Mercedes Muñoz. The works they selected are as follows:
“Fungi Family” by Cammie May, who has lived on Prince of Wales Island for most of her life and is primarily inspired by nature surrounding her in Southeast Alaska.
“Pumphouse” by Crystal Jackson, an Iñupiaq painter, illustrator, and graphic designer from Anchorage and a recent transplant to Juneau.
“Pride” by Chloey Cavanaugh, an LGBTQ+ indigenous artist and a child of the Was’ineidi Tax’Hit, Eagle Wolf clan in Kake.
“Night Lights” by Christine Carpenter, an artist and designer who lives in Juneau and creates art primarily for herself as emotional therapy.
“Girl Group” by Madelyn Boman, a 17-year-old artist from Juneau.
“Southeast Mushrooms” by Rebecca Hsieh, an Asian-American artist, aerialist, and educator.
“Vibing Seal” by Emily Pastore, a self-taught artist living in Juneau.
“Soft Lights No. 1” by Veronica Bunnies, who combines slow stitching and fun fabrics to create quilted art for modern tastes.
“Chilkat Protector Masks” by Lily Wooshkindein Da.áat Hope, a Tlingit ceremonial regalia maker, weaving teacher, entrepreneur, and tradition bearer.
“Power to the People” by Jessica Thornton, a multimedia artist and community organizer living on Ahtna and Dena’ina lands in Palmer.
In addition to being a contract office for the US Postal Service, Kindred Post sells gifts and stationery and occasionally hosts gatherings and performances. Located in the heart of Juneau’s tourist track, the shop sends tens of thousands of postcards each year.
“I love that we get to help showcase a more inclusive picture of this place as people are visiting and writing home,” Eriksen says.