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.
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, 2003Lisa BallardOil painting on masonitePurchased with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation. ASM 2004-23-1
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
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:
Assisted by Juneau-area weavers:
Image: Potlatch Guests Arriving at Sitka, Winter 1803 by Bill Holm. Collection of the Alaska State Museum 92-22-1
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