Anchorage Museum announces Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVI exhibition award winners
December 18, 2006
Seven Alaska artists won awards for their submissions to "Earth, Fire and Fibre," one of the state's longest running juried exhibitions, which will be on view Jan. 14 through March 4 at Anchorage Museum with an opening reception Jan. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Anchorage Museum's biennial juried craft exhibition is one of the state's longest running juried exhibitions. This popular statewide exhibition showcases Alaska artists working with clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, skin, bone or stone. From quilts and wood sculptures to a necklace made of salmon vertebrae, the works in this year's Earth, Fire and Fibre re-examine natural materials and Alaska themes and blur the lines between art and craft.
Juror Michael Monroe, executive director and chief curator of Bellevue Arts Museum, selected 98 pieces by 57 artists for the exhibition. One hundred twelve artists from 23 Alaska communities entered 297 pieces.
Monroe recognized Anchorage artist Anne Lingener-Reece with the Juror's Choice Award ($1,000), for her body of work in silver. Other awards are as follows:
- Don Decker, Anchorage, Frozen Creek, a glass, Plexiglas and wood sculpture
- Denise Heimel, Wasilla, body of work in clay and mixed media
- Mitsuko Ikeno, Anchorage, Friends, clay
- Richard Kacsur, Fairbanks, knives, metal
- Lila Ann Krohn, Soldotna, To Please the Caribou II, textile
- Mark Wedekind, Anchorage, Wall Cabinet, wood
- Linda Beach, Chugiak, Through the Woods at Dusk, textile
- Melissa Bixby, Anchorage, Some Assembly Required, wood sculpture
- Nelson Gingerich, Anchorage, body of work in wood
- Rika Mouw, Homer, Hanging by a Thread, salmon vertebrae
- Rick Potter, Chugiak, body of work in bronze and wood
- Anna Ramsburgh, Fairbanks, Diamond Vase, clay
- Anda Frances Saylor, Anchorage, Lonely Nap: Rhino, textile.
- Maya Swinford, Anchorage, Guarded Grace, clay.
- D. Lowell Zercher, Chugiak, Delicate Future, wood and metal
Earth, Fire and Fibre 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, with matching funds from BP. After the exhibition closes in Anchorage, it will tour the state for one year.