August 28, 2014
Anchorage artist Amy Meissner has won the prestigious Earth, Fire and Fibre Juror’s Choice Award for Spontaneous Combustion, an art quilt.
Earth, Fire and Fibre, the Anchorage Museum’s biennial craft exhibition, is one of the state’s longest running juried exhibitions. It showcases Alaska artists working with traditional craft materials such as fibre, clay and bone. Selected artworks are chosen for the artists’ superb skills and their forward-thinking concepts and methods.
This year’s entries included 360 works of art by 119 Alaska artists. For the exhibition, that pool was narrowed down to 41 works of art by 34 artists. This exhibition was juried by Andrew Glasgow of Asheville, N.C. Glasgow’s resume includes the American Craft Council, Southern Highland Craft Guide and Birmingham (Ala.) Museum of Art.
Earth, Fire and Fibre opens Oct. 4. After it closes at the Anchorage Museum Jan. 5, 2014, the exhibition will travel the state. Exhibition dates are Jan. 31 to March 1, 2014 at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and May 2-31, 2014 at the Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery.
List of winning “Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX” entries:
$1,500 Juror’s Choice Award:
- Amy Meissner, Anchorage, “Spontaneous Combustion,” wool, cotton, domestic linens, 2013
- Lael Gordon, Seward, “Endgrain Parquet Cabinet,” Douglas fir, eastern maple, 2013
- Sandra Mander, Auke Bay, “White Bird,” porcelain, 2013
- Diane Melms, Anchorage, “Tangerine Sky,” fiber, 2013
- Kathryn Rousso, Ketchikan, “All Worlds Intertwined,” red and yellow cedar bark, woven abaca, 2013
See a photo gallery of the winning art on the museum's Facebook page.
This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.