Biennial juried exhibition brings out the best in Alaska craft
January 03, 2007
Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVI
On view Jan. 14 through March 4 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. 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 exhibit closes in Anchorage, it will tour the state for one year.