State's most prestigious contemporary craft exhibit opens Jan. 19
January 07, 2003
Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIV, Alaska's oldest and most prestigious juried exhibition of objects made by Alaska artists using craft media including fiber, clay, wood, bone, ivory, stone and glass, opens at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art Sunday, Jan. 19 with a public reception from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit, organized biennially by the Anchorage Museum, encourages new work by Alaska artists.
Now in its 24th year, Earth, Fire and Fibre attracted 356 submissions from 140 practicing Alaska artists in 25 Alaska communities. The exhibition was selected by Mark Richard Leach, director of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, N.C. He selected 62 works by 51 artists during the final jurying process. Says Leach of the submissions, "Bearing witness to the diversity of entrants, media and modes of artistic expression was a deeply satisfying benefit for me. I made an effort to be inclusive with respect to media, approach and subject. In the end, originality and technical excellence were the criteria I used to select the exhibition".
Leach selected a $1,000 Juror's Choice award recipient, several $500 award pieces, and three works for Honorable Mention awards. The Juror's Choice award was given to Fran Reed of Anchorage for her body of work of skin and gut vessels including Snapper Charm, Leviathan, Floating Rock and Red Twist. Seven awards of $500 each were given to Betty Ames, of Kenai, for her quilted piece Pansy Rose; Artemis Bona Dea, of Anchorage, for a hand-crafted book entitled Spirit Midden; Louis Cacioppo, of Gustavus, for a woodcarving entitled Raven's Nightmare; Laura Hewitt, of Fairbanks, for a found object assemblage, Bow Box; Kathy Peters, of Girdwood, for a porcelain tea set entitled Shinto Tea; Ric Seeganna, of Nome, for an ivory carving entitled Seal Shaman Transformation; and Mark Wedekind, of Anchorage, for a piece of furniture entitled Curves of Curly. Honorable Mention was awarded to Linda Beach, of Chugiak, for a quilted piece entitled Who's There?; Richard Kacsur, of Fairbanks, for a knife entitled High Grade Skinner; and Paula Rasmus-Dede, of Chugiak, for a beaded piece entitled Altitude with Attitude.
Following its showing at the Anchorage Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; the Fairbanks Arts Association; Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the Pratt Museum, Homer.
Earth, Fire and Fibre is made possible through the generous contributions of BP, the Anchorage Museum Association, and the Municipality of Anchorage which provide the matching funds to a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.