The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum are looking for Alaska Native artists to apply to the 2019 Native Artist Residency program. This 2019 Alaska Native Artist Residency Program starts in May and ends in October.
Several residency positions are available. All residencies involve working at the museum and include artist stipends of $2,200, a food per diem to offset food costs, lodging, and travel to and from Sitka. Several of the residencies involve working with youth and two of them involve working nearly half of the time at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, adjacent to the Sheldon Jackson Museum and the other half of the time at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
All residencies are twenty-two days long. The dates of the residencies are: May 15th – June 5th (may involve working with youth under 18 for several days in the museum gallery); June 7th – June 29th (involves working at the museum and working with Sitka Fine Arts Camp middle school students); June 29th – July 20th (involves working at the museum and with Sitka Fine Arts Camp high school students); Aug. 22 – Sept. 12th; and Sept. 14th– Oct. 5th.
In 2019, the Sheldon Jackson Museum is offering a higher financial award, a stipend for food, travel to and from Sitka, and as in previous years, a Welcome Dinner with a local Welcome Committee, and paid time accessing and studying the museum’s exceptional Alaska Native ethnographic and art collection.
Artists-in-residence may focus on traditional or contemporary Native art forms including but not limited to wood carving, ivory carving, silver engraving, beading, skin, gut and fish skin sewing, drum making, and basket or textile weaving, drumming, and dancing. Outstanding beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome. Artists benefit from utilizing the museum’s collections for research and meeting visitors from around Alaska and the world and local Sitka community members while working in the museum gallery.
Applications are due Jan. 2, 2019 and are available from the museum by calling (907) 747-8981 or emailing Jacqueline.Fernandez-Hamberg@alaska.gov or from https://museums.alaska.gov/artist_opportunities.html .
If you have questions about the program or application or if you wish to be added to the Alaska Native Artist email list about such opportunities, please email Jacqueline.Fernandez-Hamberg@alaska.gov or call (907) 747-8904.
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