May 25, 2018, at 5 p.m. (AKDT)
Polar Lab Collective
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 2018. Each will receive a $400 honorarium. Travel funds are available for two artists living outside 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.
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 three to 10 examples.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2017. Application materials can be submitted via email to Monica Shah, Director of Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists have a choice of dates available: April, November and December. All efforts to honor first choice of dates will be made.