Statewide art exhibition, solo exhibition open Sunday
January 10, 2006
All Alaska Juried Exhibition XXXI On view Jan. 15 to March 5, 2006
Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15
This popular biennial juried art exhibition, now in its 31st year, was established to encourage the creation of new works by Alaska artists. It includes 80 pieces from 55 artists with work in a variety of media - paintings, watercolors, prints, mixed media, drawings, photography and sculpture. This year 177 artists from around the state submitted 576 entries. Many distinguished jurors have visited Alaska to curate this exhibition. This year's juror is Matthew Drutt, chief curator of The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and will tour the state for one year visiting most of the major urban centers in Alaska. This year's Juror's Choice Award went to Marianne Elson Griffith, Anchorage, for 4th Avenue, an oil painting. The All Alaska Juried Exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; BP; the Anchorage Museum Association; and the Municipality of Anchorage.
Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15
Susan Joy Share is an artist, performer and book conservator. Share's work explores the book as structure, sculpture, a container for words and images, a surface for painting and collage, and as an object of movement, sound and transformation. Many of her forms, though derivative of historical book formats, have evolved beyond what is considered a book, but, she continues to draw inspiration from her study of traditional bookbinding and library conservation. She meticulously cuts, folds, layers, encloses, laces, sews, glues and hinges a variety of materials to form her pieces. These include paper, cloth, cardboard, cord, photos, metal, leather, glass, plastic, elastic, wood, and felt. Her subject matter is formal, personal, historical, humorous, and sometimes political. Her style may be categorized as constructivist, abstract, painterly and multi-dimensional. Her unique sculptural books have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive, Florida. For more information, call 343-4326.