Half a million dollars granted to Anchorage Museum's Polar Lab
August 18, 2014
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Aug. 18, 2014
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Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab receives $570,000 in grants
Program explores life in the North through art and research The Anchorage Museum has been awarded a $495,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation and a $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support Polar Lab, a multidiscipline, multi-year series addressing life in the Arctic.
Through its Polar Lab, the Anchorage Museum is bringing together artists from Alaska and around the world to research ideas related to the North through explorations in contemporary art, science and the environment. Their research will culminate in performances, print and online publications, artwork and a major exhibition in 2016.
Current accepted projects and artists address and study a variety of topics pertaining to the North, including the effects of mining on Alaska’s identity, historical context and gender studies of indigenous people of the Americas, and perceptions of climate change in the Arctic.
Visual artist Marek Ranis of Charlotte, N.C., is collaborating with Alaska Native writer and poet Joan Kane to produce a film and multimedia installation based on stories from Alaska Native communities displaced by climate change. Derek Coté, a multimedia sculpture and installation artist from Detroit, is capturing sound and images from Kenai to Nome and working with composer Paul Haas and Randall Craig Fleischer, music director of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, to develop these images and sounds into a composition. Seattle artist John Grade traveled to remote tundra areas in Alaska to cast and document pingos and other natural elements of the landscape.
The Anchorage Museum is seeking proposals for 2015 Polar Lab projects, which will focus on the Anchorage Centennial Celebration and the museum’s Alaska Gallery. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed through Sept. 30. For more information, visit anchoragemuseum.org/entries.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history, science and Alaska Native culture. Learn more online at anchoragemuseum.org.
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband "E.A." Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Learn more online at rasmuson.org.
ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol's will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. Learn more online at warholfoundation.org.
Polar Lab Artists
Bill Brody, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Michael Conti, Anchorage, Alaska
Derek Cote, Detroit
Magali Daniaux and Cedric Pigot, Paris
Nina Elder, Santa Fe, N.M.
John Grade, Seattle
Tiina Itkonen, Helsinki
Christoph Kapeller, Los Angeles
Joan Kane, Anchorage, Alaska
Mary Mattingly, New York
Mike Mense, Anchorage, Alaska
Drew Michael, Anchorage, Alaska
Lovisa Negga, Näsåker, Sweden
Annesofie Norn, Berlin
Kate Partridge, Anchorage, Alaska
Marek Ranis, Charlotte, N.C.
Tim Remick, Anchorage, Alaska
Jimmy Riordan, Anchorage, Alaska
Chad Taylor, Anchorage, Alaska
Jeroen Toirkens, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Paul Walde, Victoria, British Columbia
Michael Walsh, Anchorage, Alaska
Curatorial film program
Allison Warden, Anchorage, Alaska
Stephanie Wonchala/Pulse Dance Company, Anchorage, Alaska