May 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
New Artworks purchased for the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank!
Spring Remembers Winter
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Residencies and Fellowships
Professional Development
Openings and Closings
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 A Note From Shannon

Happy Spring?! As we wait for the warmth and sunshine to arrive, we have some exciting announcements!

  • As you may recall, after the 2012 ASCA Creative Communities conference we decided to hold it every two years, rather than every three. We believe strongly in the value of in-person convening and are happy to announce that the next statewide arts conference will be held in Anchorage in early May of 2014! Stay tuned for future announcements and calls for session topics.
  • ASCA recently partnered with United States Artists to provide Alaskan artists with access to their crowdsourcing program, USA Projects. This online system, similar to Kickstarter, is a great resource for artists who want to raise funds for a project. One of the biggest benefits is that the donations are tax deductible, unlike with Kickstarter. In addition, USA Projects provides one-on-one guidance, training and support throughout your fundraising campaign. Last but not least, they have a 75% success rate, with almost four million dollars raised to date! To qualify to use the system, you need to be a professional artist with a degree in art or an exhibition history. To sign up and learn more, go to:
  • I am pleased to share that we have recently begun the process of rebranding the Alaska State Council on the Arts! Part of this project will include engaging with YOU, our valued constituents. To participate, be sure to "like" us on Facebook at: We will be asking for ideas and feedback through our Facebook page in the coming weeks and would love your thoughts!
  • Lastly, be sure to watch this inspiring story of a principal who transforms a failing school by replacing security guards with art teachers: What a terrific illustration of the power of the arts! 

Tonight, Fairbanks Arts Association and the Mayors of Interior Alaska will be honoring the winners of the 2013 Interior Alaska Mayors' Awards for the Arts. The Mayors of Interior Alaska will be in attendance and presenting the awards on this very special occasion.


The awards ceremony will recognize outstanding contributions in the arts for the following categories:


Arts and Leadership Award:  Marvilla Davis


Volunteer Award: Sue Cole


Arts Advocacy Award: Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance


Youth Arts Award: Laura Nutter, Amy Reisland-Speer 


Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Suzanne Summerville


6:00 P.M., Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts Theater in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK.


A punch and cupcake reception will follow in the Bear Gallery. 


The event is free and open to the public. FAA encourages the community to come and join the Mayors of Interior Alaska in honoring the winners for their hard work and dedication to the arts.


R.S.V.P: 456-6485 ext.222



New Artworks purchased for the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank!



Queen Salmon,
Karen Olanna 
The Alaska State Council on the Arts recently purchased 22 new art pieces from 18 Alaskan
artists! These new works will be added to the 700+ pieces in the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank collection. All of the work in this collection is available for loan to state buildings as part of ASCA's Contemporary Art Bank loan program, which is funded through the State of Alaska's Art in Public Places program.



The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank is a lending library of artwork that can be housed for up to two years in State of Alaska facilities, including legislative offices, court rooms, the Governor's Office and the Alaska Congressional Delegation. This program provides opportunities for public officials and citizens of Alaska to enjoy Alaskan contemporary art while providing direct financial support to Alaskan contemporary artists.

Night Glacier, Brian Hauser









The purchase of new artwork is a terrific way to publicize this unique, state-owned art collection. This year we received 901 entries from 190 artists. Eight art professionals from around the state had the difficult task of winnowing down an impressive group of art submissions to just 22 works. We are grateful to the panel for their thoughtful selection of these pieces.


Bowhead, Edwin Mighell 

Art in Public Places is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and is funded through the state's Percent for Art program. ASCA hopes to purchase more art for the program next year, pending available funds.


The name and community of each artist whose work has been selected for this round of purchases is included, below. We congratulate these artists, and thank all the artists who submitted work to the call. We will be spotlighting all 22 artworks over the coming weeks on our Facebook page, so be sure to check it out! 



It Was the Place We Had Forgotten Ourselves,
Elizabeth Irving 


The artworks selected for purchase are:  


Raven Man, oil, 30" x 24"

James Adcox, Soldotna


LeConte Impressions, alkyd/canvas, 18" x 24"

Don Cornelius, Petersburg


Fireweed Field, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"

Barbara Craver, Juneau


Eleven Swift Caribou All Love to Roam, woodcut, 12" x 30"

Kevin Crowley, Anchorage


Ice Flow, fiber, 35 �" x 10 �"

Nancy Dobson, Eagle River


Tundra Seep, oil on canvas, 54" x 88"

Susan Farnham, Fairbanks


Cold River Blues, oil on canvas, 30" x 30" x 2"

Asia Freeman, Homer


Frozen Silt Flats and Stranded Ice Floe, pigment ink on canvas, 20" x 36"

Hal Gage, Anchorage


Night Glacier, photograph, 16" x 24"

Brandon Hauser, Juneau


It Was the Place We Had Forgotten Ourselves, acrylic on canvas, 53" x 55"

Elizabeth Eero Irving, Eagle River


Ice Formation #1 | Ice Formation #2 | Ice Formation #4, photography, each 15" x 15"

Ryota Kajita, Fairbanks


Pussy Willows, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 16"

Kimberly Marcucci, Anchorage


Berry Picking | Ptarmigan | Bowhead, Cook Inlet glacier clay, each 12" x 12" x �"

Edwin Mighell, Anchorage

Raven Man, James Adcox 


Queen Salmon, woodblock print, 60" x 22"

Karen Olanna, Anchorage


Red Tide, oil on panel, 16" x 20" x �"

Linda Infante Lyons, Anchorage


Beluga Slough Wildflowers, oil on linen, 16" x 20"

Kathy Smith, Homer


Bonanza Creek Mine, digital paint on vinyl, 12" x 16"

Averyl Veliz, Juneau


Humility, digital photograph, 14" x 60"

Luciana Whitaker, Anchorage



Spring Remembers Winter

L. Saunders McNeill, Community and Native Arts Program Director

inbound Finally! Spring has emerged from her heavy white blankets, tousled and muddy, sticks in her hair. Her appearance cheers her companions with promises of summer festivities. Nations of guests are on the move, propelled by wing and foot and fin and an irresistible invitation to join her. Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, and Brandts lace their way through snowy mountain ranges. Short tailed Shearwaters, Arctic Terns, and Bonaparte's Gulls migrate along rivers of wind. Grey, Humpback, and Bowhead whales navigate cerulean oceans and deep sea waves. Caribou braid across tundra. Colors are invited too and a thousand shades of light are on their way.


Once they arrive, Spring will describe the celebrations that Winter hosted while her guests were away. Like the Ciuliamta Uyangtaakut Dance Festival in Toksook Bay where neighboring villagers of Chevak, Chefornak, Newtok, Tununak, and Nightmute gathered by snowmachine and airplane to enliven ancient doctrines of Qigcikiyaraq (respect), Umyuallguteksaraq (cooperation), and Ilakuyucaraq (family). She'll explain how hundreds of people followed the ancient Nangertellria tradition to recognize a family's young daughter's first public dance performance. And she'll tell how the family and people of Toksook Bay reciprocated their appreciation with Itqautekanek ilaluki aruqutkat (gift distribution ceremony). dance backdrop


Spring won't think to use expressions like creative placemaking or community arts development to tell the story - even though she could. Her guests will laugh as loud as the people did when they hear about the Fishing dance and the teasing cousins. They'll smile when they're told that Paul and Martina John celebrated sixty years of marriage. Most especially the animals will nod their heads when she describes the humans dancing. The more they dance the more they change. The women's caribou dance fans rise and fall in harmony through the air. The drummers become rolling waves. The men's feathered hands turn to wings and feet and fins. Everyone is here. Everything is in its place. Winter is remembered. May the merriment begin!


Special thanks to the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center staff and Toksook Bay community members for welcoming Alaska State Council on the Arts to Toksook Bay!


"Creative Placemaking: Partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired." Creative Placemaking, Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa, White Paper for the Mayors' Institute on City Design


     all photos courtesy of L. Saunders McNeill
ASCA Notices


Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants are closed until July 1, 2013.  


Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are still available, on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes for more information.


June 1 - FY14 1st Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants


June 1 - FY14 Round I Deadline - Cultural Collaborations Project Grants


June 20-21 - Annual Council Meeting - Nome


September 1 -  FY14 2nd Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants 


November 1 - FY14 Round II Deadline - Artist in Schools Grants


December 1 - FY14 3rd Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants


December 1 - FY14 Round II Deadline - Cultural Collaborations Project Grants 


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Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Request for Proposals

Homer Spit Trail Project, Phase II

Submission deadline: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.


Proposals to incorporate art into three (3) sections of the Homer Spit Trail Project, Phase II on the Homer Spit, will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, City of Homer. As there will be three separate areas, artists are encouraged to submit one or more concepts or proposals for each area so as to ensure artwork will be incorporated into all areas.


Please direct proposal requirement questions to: Renee Krause, CMC, Deputy City Clerk, City Clerk's Office, 491 E Pioneer Avenue, Homer, AK 99603 phone 907-235-8121, ext.2224;


The proposals will be evaluated by an Art Selection Committee utilizing the City's 1% for Art Funding designated for this project. All ideas and concepts will be considered. Please direct project questions to: Carey Meyer, Public Works Director, City of Homer, 3575 Heath Street, Homer, AK 99603 phone 907-235-3170; 



Request for Proposals


Submission deadline: Friday May 10 by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).   

ARTSparks (a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs) is seeking proposals for temporary art projects for Occidental Square during June through September. All arts disciplines, collaborations or simultaneous projects are welcome to apply.

Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. Priority will be given to applicants with experience producing programs in outdoor, public settings in collaboration with one or more sponsoring organizations.

The goal of ARTSparks is to help bring a lively and creative atmosphere to our downtown parks, converting them into showcases for the imagination where, simply by entering the park, people are encouraged to experience, question, interact with, investigate and respond to art-for free and as a natural part of daily, downtown life.

Click here

for details and application guidelines.    



Call for Art

440 Gallery's Annual Theme Show: EARTH 

440 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215,, (718) 499-3844

Submission deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Entry Fee: $35 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable.


440 Gallery is hosting its annual Theme Show. This juried exhibition will feature any art work which references our planet Earth. The exhibition will run from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, July 28, 2013, with an opening reception on June 27, 6:00-9:00 pm.


Eligibility: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old. Eligible works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture in any medium, and digital media.


Entry Requirements: All entries must be submitted electronically. Click here for online submission form.

26th Annual September Competition

Alexandria Museum of Art

Submission deadline: May 31, 2013

Fee:$35 for 2 entries, $20 per additional entry.

$2,000 in cash awards.


Artworks selected in a national juried competition by artist-juror Stewart Nachmias will be featured in a full-color catalogue and exhibition at Alexandria Museum of Art, along the Red River in the heart of central Louisiana, September 6-November 23, 2013. Visual artists over age 18 working in all media, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art, video, textile art, and printmaking are invited to submit. All artworks MUST be original and completed in the last two years (2011 or later). For more information, please call 318-443-3458 or view the complete prospectus here


Call for Films
Thurrock International Film Festival

Submission deadline: June 1, 2013

Entry fees: $8 for student entries, $15 for regular submissions


Thurrock International Film Festival is now looking for entries for its second annual film festival.  Anyone can enter a short film in one of seven categories. Selected films will be screened at the festival in September to an international audience.  There are trophies and professional software on offer as prizes. Nominated films will also be seen by our panel of celebrity judges and industry professionals. Entries can be made digitally through Festhome at  For full details on how to enter a film and for an entry form, please visit


15th Annual Juried Art Show Seeks Entries

Port Townsend Arts Commission/Northwind Arts Center

Submission deadline: June 11, 2013.

Entry fee: $45 (non-refundable) for 3 digital entries per artist.

$2,500 in cash prizes, additional merchandise awards.


The Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Center are seeking submissions for "Expressions Northwest", the fifteenth Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition which takes place from August 2 - August 25, 2013 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA. Artists must be at least 16 years of age and a resident of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia. Works in both two- and three- dimensional forms, including photography, are eligible.


Further information and the prospectus can be found online at or by contacting Joan Balzarini at 360-681-0850 or Rae Belkin at 360-437-9442 or This year, entry images must be submitted online to


Request for Qualifications

Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Applications due: received by 4:30pm, Friday, June 21, 2013

(please note that this is NOT a postmark date).



A Selection Committee comprised of arts and design professionals invited by the Philadelphia

Redevelopment Authority and the University City Science Center will review each Call for Artists response in order to select no more than five (5) finalists for the project. The finalists will each receive detailed specifications about the project, drawings and presentation requirements. Finalists will receive an honorarium of $1,000 to support the completion and presentation of their proposal to the Selection Committee. For a complete prospectus, click here.


All applicants will receive confirmation once their materials are received. Materials should be sent to:

University City Science Center (attn: Dan Schimmel), 3711 Market Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or


Call for Public Art Commission

South Walnut Street Gateway Sculpture, Bloomington, Indiana

Applications Due: June 28, 2013


The City of Bloomington Arts Commission is issuing a Call to Artists to submit proposals for consideration for a site-specific gateway sculpture commission for South Walnut Street in Bloomington, Indiana.


The City of Bloomington is committed to investing approximately $25,000 towards public art on South Walnut Street. This project will mark the second in a series of "gateways" to be installed throughout downtown.


A full project description and artist selection criteria is available at  under Spotlight Webpages, or click here. For more information, contact Miah Michaelsen, the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at or (812) 349-3534.


Earth, Fire & Fibre XXIV

Anchorage Museum

Deadline: July 1, 2013


This popular, biennial juried art exhibition was established to encourage Alaska artists to create new works in traditional craft materials such as fibre, clay and wood. This year's juror is Andrew Glasgow, retired executive director of the American Craft Council. Artworks are chosen based on an artist's superb skill and forward-thinking concepts. The winner of the Juror's Choice Award receives a $1,000 prize.


"Earth, Fire & Fibre" opens Oct. 6 and is on view through Jan. 5, 2014 at the Anchorage Museum. After it closes in Anchorage, the exhibition will tour the state for one year. Interested artists can learn more and apply at


Create Sculptures from items commonly thrown away!  

Call for Artists for the Salvage Art Display at the Kenai River Festival

Cosponsored by ReGroup and Kenai Fine Arts Center


All creations will be on display at the Kenai River Festival in June. With 2 age groups (12-18 and 18+), 3 categories (large sculpture, small sculpture and containers) there's lots of opportunity to get creative! Call Jan for more info: 252-2773


Visit ReGroup Facebook page to connect, or visit Kenai Watershed Forum for information about the Kenai River Festival. 

Grants and Funding

Creative Arts Exchange

U.S. Dept. of State--Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  

Deadline: May 6, 2013


Creative Arts Exchange initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. The Cultural Programs Division determines eligible themes under the Creative Arts Exchange Open Competition annually. The FY2013 themes:

  1. Economic Statecraft and the Arts ($500,000) An exchange program to send abroad small delegations of recognized American creative and business experts to provide a 360� perspective of a creative industry and contribute to the sustained development of a creative economy in emerging democracies and markets.
  2. Arts in Collaboration ($800,000) An international exchange program in urban arts and hip hop that incorporates artistic collaboration, professional development and outreach to youth to explore and address conflict resolution strategies.
  3. Community Engagement through the Arts ($500,000) An exchange program to send American artists abroad to collaborate with local youth and underserved populations on community-based art projects in the mural arts and/or new media arts. Applicants can submit a proposal for up to $500,000 that incorporates mural arts and new media arts or submit a proposal for $250,000 that identifies either mural arts or new media arts.
  4. Professional Development in the Arts ($155,000) To implement short-term, in-depth professional development, cultural exchange projects for international participants in the U.S.

For information visit Creative Arts Exchange. Apply at


Alaska State Museum Grant-in-Aid for FY14 Open Online

Deadline: June 3, 2013


The application process for Grant in Aid is now open. There are 3 grant programs this year:

* Regular Grant-in-Aid for projects up to $10,000

* Mini-Grant-in-Aid for projects up to $2,000

* Internship Grant (amount determined by the review committee)


Museums can only apply for one category of funding per institution per year. For the mini-grant and the internship grant programs, contact Scott Carrlee, Curator of Museum Services, at 1-888-913-6873 to discuss your proposal before submitting the application.


Grant-In-Aid applications must be emailed to by 4:30 pm AKST Monday June 3rd 2013 or postmarked on or before Monday, June 3rd, 2013.


Application and information available on the Alaska State Museum Website here.


Click here to read about the application process and the categories for application in FY14.


$1000.00 Working Art Grant/Purchase Awards

Deadline: monthly
Application fee: $25.00


The Working Art Grant/Purchase Award is a one-time purchase award intended to disperse small but vitalizing bursts of funding to support an artist's ongoing art making process.

The Working Art Grant/Purchase Award is available to all domestic and international artists working in all media. As a stipulation for eligibility to receive the Working Art Grant/Purchase Award, we ask that each prospective recipient be willing to exchange one of their works of our later mutual agreement in return. The Working Art Grant/Purchase will reimburse the artist's shipping costs.


Elevate the Arts Grants Contest

American Girl & Americans for the Arts  

Deadline: May 31, 2013


American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland, is a spirited and imaginative young girl who loves painting. When budget cuts take away art class at her school, Saige draws on her talents, mobilizes others, and takes action to bring the arts back.

To support Saige's message about the importance of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, Americans for the Arts and American Girl are proud to announce the Elevate the Arts grants contest.

Elevate the Arts will provide $45,000 in grants to elementary school art programs across the country. Teachers can enter to win one of the grants by submitting a digital image of a hot air balloon-themed art project and a short statement on why the arts matter. Entries must be received by May 31, 2013. Grant awards will be announced in October 2013.


Visit Elevate the Arts for information and application. 

Partners in Arts Education Grants

National Guild for Community Arts Education and the MetLife Foundation

Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2013, Join the Guild by Thursday, May 9, 2013 to be eligible for grant*


MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education are pleased to announce the renewal of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative, now entering its ninth year, aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting exemplary partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools. Objectives for 2013 include the distribution of grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2013-2014 school year.


For applications, guidelines and to view an online orientation for prospective applicants click here.


Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations (CBCO) Grant Program

Alaska Community Foundation 

Up to $15,000 with typical grants ranging between $3,000 and $5,000 or call (907) 334-6700.


Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the state of Alaska can apply for grants to build capacity in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and effectiveness evaluation.


2014 Artist in Business Leadership

First Peoples Fund 

Grant amount: $5,000

Application deadline: September 1, 2013 (postmark deadline)     


The 2014 Artist in Business Leadership Program is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF's individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.


Click here for the application. 


For more information please visit our website at or call (605)348-0324
Email at 


2014 Cultural Capital Grant

First Peoples Fund

Grant amount: $5,000 

Application deadline: September 1, 2013 (postmark deadline)     


The 2014 Cultural Capital Program provides tradition-bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients, allowing them to commit more time to teach and share their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.


The grant program will help artists develop local networks for leveraging other resources and will provide technical assistance and capacity-building support as needed by the master artist/teacher.   


Click HERE for an application

For more information please visit the website at 

Phone: (605)348-0324
Email at 

Website grants easier access to education funding

A new website, GetEdFunding offers a searchable database of available education-funding streams for education technology and curriculum programs. The site, which is updated daily, offers information about 750 active grants and awards. For an article on GetEdFunding from EdTech magazine, click here.  


Residencies & Fellowships
Composing in the Wilderness

Alaska Geographic and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

July 10-23, 2013


Expanding on the success of the 2012 Composing in the Wilderness field seminar, this year the course will visit two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon� Charley Rivers National Preserve. Join adventurer-composer Stephen Lias for eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali's wilderness and the mighty Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music. Following our wilderness experiences, we will return to Fairbanks where your new works will be rehearsed and performed by top performers from the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Encapsulating inspiration, composition, rehearsal, and performance, this field seminar is sure to be an intensive and exhilarating creative experience.


For information and registration, go to Alaska Geographic or Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival


Creative Capital offers Professional Development Webinars

Fee: $25 per webinar


Real Life Budgeting | Andrew Simonet

Monday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm EST   


Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time | Eve Mosher

Monday, May 13, 7:00-8:30pm EST   

Creating a Marketing Strategy
| Dread Scott

Monday, May 20, 7:00-8:30pm EST   

Visual Arts Round Table: Curators
| Rachel Nackman & Matthew Deleget

Thursday, May 30, 7:00-8:30pm EST   


All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions. To participate, all you need is access to a computer with speakers and an Internet connection (hard-wired preferred). There is no special software needed.Learn more about our Online Learning Program on our website, or email Matthew Deleget at 


Wrangell Mountain Center 2013 Summer Programs in McCarthy, AK

Registration Now Open


Wrangell Mountains Songwriting Workshop | Michelle McAfee & Robin Child, June 13-16

Family Music Camp | Mary Schallert, Lilly Goodman-Allwright and Michael Allwright, July 12-15

Writing on the River Workshop | Sherry Simpson, Derick Burleson and Nancy Cook, July 27 - Aug 1

Plein Air Painting | Linda Lyons, August 20-24

Natural History Field Sketching and Journaling | Kristin Link, August 20-24


Visit for complete details about our mission and summer programs. Register soon and receive an early bird registration discount. WMC members receive a 10% discount on program registration.


Docent Training Workshops at The Alaska State Museum


Seven short workshops will take place May 8 - 18 to offer tips and techniques on giving cultural tours at the State Museum.  With the construction of the new Library, Archives, and Museum building well underway, this will be the last chance to learn this unique skill in the current museum building. 


For more information: contact the museum at 465-2901, e-mail, or attend the first training session, Wednesday, May 8th,  8:00 - 11:30, on which day a sample tour of the galleries will be given, and the group will tour the Collections Vault behind the scenes in the basement.


Peninsula Artists in Motion Free Flash Mob Workshop

Friday, May 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Encore Dance Academy in Kenai


Free workshop, open to everyone, big and small. Join Peninsula Artists in Motion for the first of a series of Flash Mob Workshops. Upcoming workshops to be held May 17 & 24 at 5:30, and June 8th TBA.



Artist-in-Residence Studio (A.I.R. Studio) in Paducah, Kentucky, is accepting applications from visual artists, writers and composers for its 2013-14 program year. We welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of traditional and non-traditional media.The duration of the residency is two weeks to three months. Collaborative artists and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.


Caldera 2014 Artist in Residence Program 

Application deadline: June 15, 2013


Caldera is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2014 Artist in Residence program. Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups from all over the world are welcomed to Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon for one-month long residencies. Because Caldera believes that a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative think�ers in engineering, design and the sciences who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training.


To apply for a residency at Caldera, applicants must submit a formal application (available for download or through an online submission manager) by June 15, 2013, along with a project description, work samples and the application fee. All applications are reviewed by an admissions panel made up of professionals in the various disciplines. The awards will be announced in early September. To apply go to: 


Contact:  Elizabeth Quinn at (541) 610-9662,,


Professional Development

Klukwan Summer Program in the study of Tlingit Arts and Culture

University of Alaska Southeast

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2013 


This week-long arts and Tlingit cultural camp takes place in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, Alaska, located 22 miles north of Haines and 100 miles northeast of Juneau. College credits are available in two programs, and professional development credit is available for teachers:


  • Salmon Camp --students learn how to prepare salmon in the traditional way and carve a traditional canoe paddle (credit available for ART S285 Northwest Coast Carving and ED S593 Northwest Coast Salmon Cultural Camp).
  •  "Lynn Canal Sampler" -- students get outdoors to explore the area with bikes and experience this beautiful part of Southeast Alaska (optional credit for PE S103 Outdoor Recreation).
To learn more about the program and to receive a brochure, contact Denise Blankenship at 907-747-7714 or by e-mail at, or contact Jeff Budd at 907-747-4821 or by e-mail at .

Openings and Closings

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 929-9231, 


First Friday | 6 to 9 p.m. May 3

Meet the artists behind current exhibitions including photographer Clark James Mishler and several artists from the Alaska Native contemporary exhibition Re/Marks. Enjoy free admission to the galleries and live music by Melissa Bledsoe Fischer in Muse.


Anchorage 1% for Art Excursion | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, July 6 and Aug 3

Registration required online. $15

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes narrated tour of Anchorage's public art, including work by artists such as John Hoover, Melvin Olanna, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and more. This collection is made possible by the Municipality of Anchorage's 1% for Art Program. Snacks and water provided; bring a brown bag lunch.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

March 1 - 30, 2013


Center Gallery | 100 x 100 | an exhibit featuring 100 works of art for $100 or less

North Gallery | Rothko/Room | a group exhibition of Rothko-inspired pieces, in conjunction with Cyrano's presentation of "Red"

South Gallery | Funk Your Junk Garage Sale | a progressive de-installation

Guest Room | Imagine Life | work by Nakaii and Carla Rogers

First Friday Opening Reception, May 3, 2013 5:30 - 7:30 pm  


Bunnell Street Art Center

106 West Bunnell, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603 907-235-2662 


To Crave What the Light Does Crave | works by Adam Ottavi     

First Friday opening reception on Friday, May 3, 2013


The Plate Project |

Bunnell Art Center's Annual Membership Drive  

Opening May 11th at 4 p.m.


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

May 3-26, 2013


Touching Fire | work by Carolyn Reed in the Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

Distance | work by Gretchen Sagan in the ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

First Friday Opening Reception, May 3, 2013 5:30 - 7:00 pm


Alaska Humanities Forum

161 E First Avenue Door 15, Anchorage, AK 99501 907-272-5341


Terra Obscura | New Works by Christina Barber

First Friday opening reception: Friday, May 3, 2013, 5:30 pm

Artist talk at 6:30 pm


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

500 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 907-258-2623


Camai, Bristol Bay | works by Apayo Moore (Yup'ik)

First Friday opening reception: Friday, May 3, 2013, 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier, Juneau, AK 99801, 907-465-2901, 


Bird in the Tree, Fish in the Water, Vase by the Wall | Six Artists from The Canvas

through October 12, 2013

First Friday reception May 3, 4:30 pm


Alaska State Library

Eighth Floor, State Office Building, Juneau, AK 99801, 907-465-2916

through June 21st, 2013  


Threefold: An Exhibit of Photographs & Colored Pencil Drawings | works by Dave Depew, Shar Fox and Lisa Simpson

First Friday reception May 3, 4:30 pm-6 pm


Perseverance Theatre

914 Third Street, Douglas AK 907-463-8497


the road weeps, the well runs dry | written by Marcus Gardley

World Premier May 3-26, 2013


Thurs.-Sun. performances at 7:30 pm

final Sunday matinee on May 26 at 2 pm,

pay-as-you-can performances May 5 and May 9 at 7:30 pm


Fairbanks Arts Association

Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts

Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 907-456-6485 


May 10 - June 1

All Alaska Juried XXXIV

Third Friday Reception May 17, 5-7 p.m.


Alaska Literary Series/Boreal Book Launch

Authors from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer and Kodiak will be reading from recent publications.

Saturday, May 4th at 7 p.m.

Pier One Theatre

Homer, AK 907-235-7333


Brahms' Requiem | conducted by Mark Robinson

featuring the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and the Homer High School Concert Choir accompanied by members of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra


Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. | Kenai Central HS Renee C. Henderson Auditorium

Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5th at 3:00 p.m. | Homer HS Mariner Theatre

 Announcements and Articles of Interest 

Arts Alaska UnCork'd Mad for Mod Wine Tasting

Arts Alaska announces its initial launch event at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m. It's time to put on your colorful style and hit the town, because 1962 is in fashion. Arts Alaska is teaming with the Anchorage Concert Association and Brown Jug to bring the community of Anchorage the best fete of the season, a swank "pop-up" springtime Mad for Mod arts celebration.

Tickets are $30 each, and include wine provided by Brown Jug, hors d'ouvres, twisted vintage jazz turned out by DJ Jacob Mattie and a Mod Lounge photo booth. Go to for tickets, visit the event on facebook, or learn more at



Anchorage Museum Association begins search for new museum director


The Anchorage Museum Association (AMA) has begun an international search for a new director and chief executive officer of the association and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The new director will replace current Museum Director James Pepper Henry, who recently accepted a position as director of the Heard Museum in Phoenix.


The AMA board of trustees has selected the San Francisco-based firm m/Oppenheim Associates to conduct the search. m/Oppenheim Associates has successfully completed searches for the directors of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; San Antonio Museum of Art; Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle; and many other arts and culture nonprofit organizations.


Knowles expects the search to take several months. Pepper Henry will remain as Anchorage Museum director until July 5, and Chief Curator Julie Decker will then serve as interim director until the position is filled.

Springboard's Artists Healthcare Program model now available to communities nationwide

Springboard for the Arts is excited to announce that the award-winning Artists' Access to Healthcare (AAH) program is now available to communities across the country to replicate! Demand from arts and community groups inspired Springboard to create an Artists' Health Fair and Guide to Healthcare Replication Toolkit. The Toolkit, which helps groups connect their communities to healthcare resources, can be downloaded for $40 at
AAH is a free program that leverages existing resources to help artists in the Twin Cities and Fergus Falls, Minnesota, get the healthcare they need. In the past seven years, Springboard for the Arts' AAH program has directly served over 5000 artists. A short animated video released today at features the story of Jane, an uninsured artist who used the AAH program to receive a life saving check-up.


For more information about Springboard for the Arts' Artists' Access to Healthcare (AAH) program, please contact or visit   


Employment and Internships


Library Museum Collections Coordinator 

City of Seward 


This is a regular, full time position paying $14.68/hr., with benefits.  This is a progressive position with a progressive pay scale topping off at $20.27/hr.  Performs complex library and museum tasks based on knowledge of general library and museum functions.  Assists with the acquisition, registration, condition assessment and collections management of the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, Seward Community Library Association and the City of Seward permanent collections.  Scheduled shifts will include weekends.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.  At least three years of experience in museum or library settings and/or college level coursework in museum curation and/or library science preferred. Competent computer technology skills and related experience in visitor services and/or historical interpretation desirable. 


Successful applicants must undergo a criminal history check and drug testing. Preference may be given to previous City employees.  The City of Seward is an equal opportunity employer.  For a complete job description or to apply, contact the Seward Job Service Office at 224-5276.  Position open until filled.


Contact Us

Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605  

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604


Roy Agloinga (Anchorage)
Adelheid "Micky" Becker (Anchorage)
Benjamin Brown CHAIR (Juneau)
Diane Borgman (Homer)  
Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)
Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
Robyn Holloway (Juneau)
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
Josie Stiles (Nome)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

For additional information, please visit our web site: 


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