Artists from Alaska and around the world utilize Anchorage Museum’s public spaces, indoors and out, virtual and real, to engage the public and explore ideas related to the North.
Polar Lab: Collective
Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017
The Polar Lab: Collective is a program for emerging Alaska Native artists to study the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the objects in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center's Living Our Cultures exhibition. The program provides an opportunity for artists to find inspiration, insights and technical information from the collections through close-up research and documentation contributing to the collaborative relationship between artists and museums.
Up to three participants will be selected for 2017 and will receive a $400 honorarium. Travel funds are available for two artists living outside of Anchorage. Selected artists will participate in a three-part program: 1) Artists will meet with staff (in person or by phone) to discuss potential research interests; 2) Artists will spend two days at the museum meeting with staff and studying objects and archival resources; and 3) Artists will meet with staff (in person or by phone) to share their experience with the program and to answer any follow-up questions.
Watch Allison Warden interviewed during her Polar Lab: Collective visit in 2014.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Emerging Alaska Native artists (any medium) — those who are in the early stages of their careers, have specialized training (formally or informally), and have created a modest body of work.
An application should include:
- Cover letter: include name, cultural community affiliation, artistic medium, description of artistic interests and goals, and interest in the program.
- Resume: include contact information (including website, if applicable), education (formal or informal), etc.
- Digital images of artwork: include at least three, but no more than 10, examples.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. Application materials can be submitted via email to Monica Shah, Director of Collections, at email@example.com.
Artists have a choice of dates available: April, November and December. All efforts to honor first choice of dates will be made.
Submissions for these exhibitions are only accepted through CallForEntry.org.
For more information about these exhibitions, please call (907) 929–9249.
These exhibitions are made possible with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Museum Association, BP, and other local contributors.
Why have a juried art exhibition?
Juried exhibitions are an opportunity to exhibit work by many artists, introduce new artists to “the scene” and provide a survey of the work currently being produced by Alaskans. Guest jurors are esteemed curators, artists and art professionals from the region and beyond. Each juror brings a new perspective to the process; therefore, each exhibition offers a distinct, fresh view.
Every juried exhibition is controversial. While the choices are not arbitrary, each juror’s perspective is his or her own. The museum carefully selects jurors who have significant experience working with artists and evaluating artwork, so the exhibition is based on quality as well as the juror’s vision. By hosting juried exhibitions biennially, the museum is able to include the work of hundreds of artists, ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.
What is the jurying process?
First, each work is first carefully reviewed online by the juror. First-round picks are made through a scoring system. With hundreds of entries, a juror is not able to make comments on each piece. Jurors assess quality, but also are considering such things as the condition of the works and how each work fits into an overall vision for the exhibition. Final-round jurying takes place in person. The juror is flown to Alaska to see the work and the exhibition space, and then makes final selections. The juror writes a statement to articulate his or her choices, and presents a free public lecture announcing the selected works.
How can I apply for an upcoming juried exhibition?
When there is an open entry period for an exhibition, application instructions are available in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
The following are Alaska juried exhibitions that, although not curated by the Anchorage Museum, are often displayed here.
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