Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2015
The Anchorage Museum seeks project proposals for the finale of ANCH 2115, a community event to be hosted at the museum on November 13, 2015. This event will serve as a final citywide celebration of Anchorage’s Centennial year. A collaborative effort between the Anchorage Museum and a diverse group of community partners, ANCH 2115 celebrates the Centennial by looking to Anchorage’s future, questioning and envisioning what the next hundred years holds for our city. Dance troupes and performance artists are invited to submit proposals for the finale of ANCH 2115. If you wish to propose a project, please follow the application process.
POLAR LAB: Collective
deadline for applications: 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015.
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, advancing their development as an artist and contributing to the relationship between artists and museums.
Up to four participants will be selected for 2015 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:
- Artists will meet with staff (in person or by phone) to discuss research interests;
- spend two days at the museum meeting with staff and studying objects and archival resources and receive a resources notebook; and
- meet with staff (in person or by phone) to discuss their experience with the program and to answer any follow-up questions.
Allison Warden interviewed during her Polar Lab: Collective visit in 2014
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Alaska Native artists (any medium) who study, formally or informally, Alaska Native arts. The ideal candidate is an emerging artist – someone in the early stages of their career, has specialized training (not necessarily at an academic institution), and has 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: Please include contact information (including website, if applicable), education (formal or informal), etc.
- Digital images of artwork: Please include at least three but no more than ten images, formatted to JPEG, 8 inches by 10 inches at 200 dpi.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015. Application materials can submitted via email to Monica Shah at email@example.com. Artists have a choice of dates available: July 16-17, Sept. 17-18, and Nov. 12-13. All efforts to honor first choice of dates will be made, however, please know that your first choice may not be available.
The Anchorage Museum’s solo artist exhibition program highlights new bodies of work by individual Alaska artists. Once every three years, Alaska artists are invited to submit images of their work for review by a selection committee. This committee selects artists for upcoming solo exhibitions at the museum. This is a very competitive program: The museum typically receives more than 100 applicants for just a handful of available slots. Once artists have been selected and scheduled for solo exhibitions, the museum produces a full-color brochure for each artist and assists the artist with freight and mailing costs. Solo artist exhibitions are open to Alaska artists only.
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 annually, 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.
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. Their research will culminate in performance, print and new media and a major exhibition in 2016.
Polar Lab will include a variety of events, such as pop-up museums, temporary installations, live performances, community-action projects, lectures, events and presentations. Polar Lab is part of the the museum's Northern Initiative.
The following are Alaska juried exhibitions that, although not curated by the Anchorage Museum, are often displayed here.
Consider becoming a museum member so you receive all the museum’s exhibition news. You can also join the museum's e-mail list for artists: Just send a request with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.