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Alaska artists awarded solo exhibits at state museum

Posted: June 28, 2012 - 12:00am

Eight artists have been selected to have solo exhibits at the Alaska State Museum in the comming year ­— three of whom are from Juneau. The first of these exhibits will open in November 2012, and the series will conclude in the spring of 2014. Dates for individual exhibitions are still being arranged with the artists.

Here’s a look at the selected artists.

Ben Huff, photographer from Juneau: Huff’s work in this exhibit explores the people and landscape of Alaska’s Dalton highway, portraying the road as the physical and psychological line between oil and frontier.

Kay Field Parker, Raven’s tail weaver from Juneau: Parker will present Raven’s tail robes, tunics, aprons and other selections woven during the last 20 years.

Dick Benedict, painter from Juneau: Benedict has worked as a painter, cannery worker, stable hand, school janitor, garbage man, laborer, and landlord, all the while painting surreal painting in classic oil and egg tempera on panel.

Nicholas Galanin, Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary artist from Sitka: Having trained extensively in customary as well as contemporary approaches to art, Galanin draws on a wide range of indigenous technologies and global materials to explore his ideas.

Drew Michael, sculptor from Anchorage: An Alaska Native, Yupik/Inupiaq, and Polish European, Drew combines different forms of customary and contemporary design using wood, ivory, feathers, found objects, stone, metal, plastic and bone.

Dave Rubin, painter from Ketchikan: Rubin is a long time Ketchikan painter, teacher and musician.

Kristen Link, artist, naturalist and scientific illustrator from Glennallen: A 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award winner, Kristen will present a body of work from field sketches from the Wrangell-St. Elias.

Nancy P. Burnham, encaustic painting and sculpture from Ester: Burnham works with wax and porcupine quills. The artist will present large-scale, three-dimensional hangings, relief and floor pieces based on family and personal ideology, beauty and pain.

For more information, visit www.museums.state.ak.us.

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