Upcoming art-oriented Celebration events

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Just about every aspect of Celebration could be considered “art” — from the drumming to the dancing to the exquisitely-crafted regalia. But a few events are designed specifically to celebrate Native arts. Here’s a look at what’s coming up early next week.

For more on Celebration, and a full schedule, see the Empire’s special section in this Sunday’s paper. For more on the Juried Art Show, see next week’s Arts section.


Juried Art Show

Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its sixth biennial Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration, scheduled June 7-9. This year’s winners will be announced Wednesday, June 6, at an awards ceremony at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The reception runs from 4:30–7 p.m.

The Juried Art Show is a competitive exhibition where artists submit work to be reviewed by a panel of jurors, who select artwork based on high quality and integrity of Northwest Coast art formline and design. Jurors for this year will be Tlingit Nathan Jackson, a world-renowned artist, and Peter Corey, a scholar in Northwest Coast arts who was curator of the Sheldon Jackson Museum until his recent retirement.

The categories for the competiion are Best of Show, Northwest Coast Customary Art (formerly the traditional category), Northwest Coast Inspired Customary Art (formerly the contemporary category) and, for the first time, a youth category, open to artists under the age of 16.

Each category showcases a broad range of pieces made by Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artists.


Native Artist Gathering

Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a Native Artist Gathering on Wednesday, June 6, the day before Celebration. It will include discussions on art and networking opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided. It runs from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, and is open to artists of all disciplines. Contact Breanna to RSVP: breanna.paulson@sealaska.com or 907-586-9244.


Native Artist Market

This year, an expanded Native Artist Market will be held during Celebration, in a new location: Sealaska Plaza. This new venue will accommodate more artists, is in walking distance from the main venue at Centennial Hall, and puts artists directly in the main tourist district. For more information about the market, contact Carmaleeda Estrada at carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com


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