Alutiiq Museum Seeks Contemporary Artwork
The Alutiiq Museum seeks contemporary artwork by living Alaskan artists for its collections. Artists are invited to submit a proposal following the instructions below. All submissions will be reviewed by our collections advisory committee for potential purchase through Rasmuson Foundation's Art Acquisition Fund. This is a grant funded program. Items that meet the museum's collecting goals, selection criteria, and interest will be featured in a proposal to the fund. This process takes several months. Selection for the application process does not gaurantee a sale to the museum.
Artists are encouraged to submit any item of visual artwork. However, the museum is especially interested in collecting regalia. For examples of the artwork purchased through this program please visit our contemporary art gallery.
Photo: Man's Ceremonial Cap made with ermine, sea otter, and glass beads by Lalla Williams, 2010. AM772.1. Purchased with support of the Rasmuson Art Acqusition Fund.
Date Night Program to Expand
Last August the Alutiiq Museum conducted a small experiment. We launched a date night program. Let’s face it, date night opportunities in Kodiak can feel limited. Could the museum attract new visitors by offering an evening for couples, something new to do with your sweetheart?
“It’s important for the museum to continue expanding its audience,” said Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller. “We want more people to know about our heritage. We also believe the museum should be a place where people do more than look at Alutiiq objects. We want visitors to experience the culture, to interact with it. But participating in an arts workshop or an archaeological dig isn’t for everyone. So, we invited couples to come to the museum for dinner and activities. It was a fun event, where people had an introduction to Alutiiq skills.”
The results were exciting. At Date Night 2016, twenty-five couples attended a disaster-themed evening. After a catered meal, they tried traditional skills, the kind that could be useful in a Kodiak emergency. They transformed pieces of slate into sharp-edged knives and made “nature’s Neosporin,” a healing salve featuring local plants. The sold-out event attracted many new visitors and generated an interest in future Alutiiq-themed date nights.
This spring, the museum will expand the program. Support from Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation and EmcArts, an arts innovation consultancy in Harlem, New York, will help to fund eight events over the next two years, four each year. The events will feature activities inspired by visitor feedback–more Alutiiq-style disaster training, as well as a chance to learn local dances from Polkas to Alutiiq dances, or to participate in Alutiiq-style cooking. And the program will travel. Two events will be held at the museum. A third will be scheduled at another community location in Kodiak. The fourth event will be held in a different community–Port Lions in 2017, Anchorage in 2018.