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    • Fri, December 04, 2020
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    • Sat, October 09, 2021
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    • Alaska State Museum


    Juneau-based artist Mitch Watley transforms everyday objects into complex dioramas often depicting futuristic landscapes. Sculpted figures inhabit these scenes navigating life in these other-worldly settings. Viewers will get lost in the details of these small sculptures that take upwards of a year to make.

    The Alaska State Museum awards solo exhibitions to individual Alaskan artists. Artists are selected biannually and their artwork is exhibited in the temporary galleries of the Alaska State Museum in the Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) Building in Juneau.

    • Fri, January 01, 2021
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    • Fri, December 31, 2021
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    • Alaska State Museum



    In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, the Alaska State Museum is displaying highlights from the collection by women artists. These works span over a century and include recent acquisitions made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation.

    The 19th Amendment is a resounding achievement in civil rights history.  In 1920 the 19th Amendment guaranteed some women the right to vote. Other women were blocked from voting, including women of color and women married to foreign nationals.

    American women spent over 70 years in a constant series of campaigns to convince male voters at the local, county, state, and national levels that women were citizens due the same voting rights as men. In 1913, this national effort achieved a significant victory when Alaskan women gained suffrage in the very first bill passed by Alaska’s new Territorial Legislature. Nine states had previously enfranchised women.

    The old order is passing away. Behold all things becoming new, wrote Alaskan suffragist Lena Morrow Lewis.

    We present these works of art in honor of the visionary women who fought for and achieved the right to vote.


    Enfold, 2003
    Lisa Ballard
    Oil painting on masonite
    Purchased with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation.  ASM 2004-23-1

    • Fri, January 01, 2021
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    • Wed, December 01, 2021
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    • Second Floor of the APK


    Women of Alaska, an exhibit by the State Library and Archives - Women have played a significant role in shaping Alaska into the state it is today. Women of Alaska recognizes and celebrates their achievements and contributions to the economic, academic, social, cultural, and political fields within our communities. The exhibit is curated from the collections of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections and Alaska State Archives. 

    [Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) group portrait outside Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 1, Sitka, Alaska.] Alaska State Archives, Office of History and Archaeology, Historic project files, AS 25462

    • Sat, May 08, 2021
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    • Sat, October 09, 2021
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    • Alaska State Museum


    Organized by the Alaska State Museum (ASM), this exhibit traces the history of the sacred textiles known today as “Ravenstail” and “Chilkat” robes. Two dozen robes will carry the story of Native weaving among the Tsimshian, Haida, and Tlingit of Alaska and British Columbia, representing both ancient and modern ceremonial robes made by Alaska Natives and First Nations weavers.

    Woven from the plush white fur of mountain goats, these robes were seen by early Euro-American visitors to the northern Northwest Coast when they contacted First Nations and Alaska Native people. Their use is reserved for sacred ceremonies, where dancers wear them to display the crests of their clans. In the 1900s, only a few weavers carried these unique traditions into the 21st century.

    The exhibit is developed by ASM, working with a curatorial team of internationally renowned weavers:

    • Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida),
    • Delores Churchill (Haida),
    • Marie Oldfield (Tsimshian), and
    • Lani Hotch (Tlingit)

    Assisted by Juneau-area weavers:

    • Kay Parker,
    • Marcia Stier,
    • Lily Hope (Tlingit),
    • Janice Criswell (Haida),
    • and others.

    Image: Potlatch Guests Arriving at Sitka, Winter 1803 by Bill Holm. Collection of the Alaska State Museum 92-22-1

    • Sat, June 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (AKDT)

    Saturday, June 26, 10:00 am-noon, APK

    Bead a design inspired by Ravenstail robes and baskets with bead artists Jill and Davina. This workshop is in-person at the APK and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited to accommodate social distance. Request a spot by filling out the participation form.

    This program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues and is sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.


Past events

Sat, June 19, 2021 Youth Activity for ages 8-18: Chilkat Tassels with Lily Hope
Fri, June 04, 2021 Virtual First Friday: Lani Hotch Lecture
Sat, May 08, 2021 SWAY Lectures
Sat, May 08, 2021 Youth Activity: Yogurt Cup Baskets with Weaver Kay Field Parker
Sat, May 08, 2021 Opening Day: The Spirit Wraps Around You: Northern Northwest Coast Native Textiles
Fri, May 07, 2021 Virtual Dedication of The Spirit Wraps Around You: Northern Northwest Coast Native Textiles
Sat, March 27, 2021 FoSLAM Annual Meeting
Fri, October 02, 2020 First Friday - October
Fri, September 04, 2020 First Friday - September
Fri, August 07, 2020 First Friday - August
Fri, July 03, 2020 Virtual First Friday - July
Fri, June 05, 2020 First Friday - June [online]
Fri, May 01, 2020 First Friday - May
Fri, April 03, 2020 First Friday - April
Fri, March 06, 2020 First Friday - March
Fri, February 07, 2020 First Friday - February
Thu, January 23, 2020 Illuminating Subjects: Snippets of Lighthouse History and Preservation in Alaska
Fri, January 03, 2020 First Friday – January
Fri, January 03, 2020 Chill with the Family Fair: Travel around Alaska with the Library, Archives, and Museum!
Sat, December 21, 2019 iPhone Photography: How to take a photo which tells a story
Sat, December 07, 2019 FoSLAM Annual Meeting
Fri, December 06, 2019 First Friday – December
Fri, November 29, 2019 APK Marketplace
Fri, November 01, 2019 First Friday – November
Sat, October 19, 2019 Mask-Erade
Mon, October 14, 2019 Indigenous Peoples' Day
Fri, October 04, 2019 First Friday – October
Sun, September 22, 2019 An Evening with Ray Troll
Fri, September 06, 2019 First Friday – September
Fri, August 02, 2019 First Friday – August
Fri, March 01, 2019 First Friday, March

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