Anchorage Museum seeks artists for its Polar Lab: Collective
February 02, 2017
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Anchorage Museum is accepting applications for its Polar Lab: Collective. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017.
The Polar Lab: Collective is a program for emerging Alaska Native artists to study the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the objects in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center's "Living Our Cultures" exhibition. The program provides an opportunity for artists to find inspiration, insights and technical information from the collections through close-up research and documentation contributing to the collaborative relationship between artists and museums.
Up to three participants will be selected for 2017 and will receive a $400 honorarium. Travel funds are available for two artists living outside of Anchorage. Selected artists will participate in a three-part program: 1) Artists will meet with staff (in person or by phone) to discuss potential research interests; 2) Artists will spend two days at the museum meeting with staff and studying objects and archival resources; and 3) Artists will meet with staff (in person or by phone) to share their experience with the program and to answer any follow-up questions. Watch Allison Warden interviewed during her Polar Lab: Collective visit in 2014.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Emerging Alaska Native artists (any medium) — those who are in the early stages of their careers, have specialized training (formally or informally), and have created a modest body of work.
An application should include:
- Cover letter: include name, cultural community affiliation, artistic medium, description of artistic interests and goals, and interest in the program.
- Resume: include contact information (including website, if applicable), education (formal or informal), etc.
- Digital images of artwork: include at least three, but no more than 10, examples.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. Application materials can be submitted via email to Monica Shah, Director of Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists have a choice of dates available: April, November and December. All efforts to honor first choice of dates will be made.
ABOUT THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
The largest museum in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center tells the true story of the North by connecting people, expanding perspectives and encouraging global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. The museum debuts a new wing in September 2017 that includes 25,000 additional square feet for its collection of Northern art, new Discovery Center space, and informal gallery and event space.
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