Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a new youth exhibit of Northwest Coast art during the biennial celebration in an effort to increase the number of youth making high quality pieces and to share their work with the public.
Cash awards will be made to schools of the winners for art supplies to be used by schools or organizations for future instruction in Northwest Coast art.
All youth chosen to exhibit will receive a specially-made Juried Art Show t-shirt, and each winner will receive an award certificate. Each winner’s sponsoring school or organization will receive a stipend to purchase art supplies for further Northwest Coast art instruction. A sponsor is a school or organization that has provided Northwest Coast art education for the award-winning student and helped the student apply and submit their artwork for the exhibit. The art supplies stipends range from $200 to $500 depending on the student’s age and placement in the competition. Individuals or groups that sponsor the show will be invited to hand out prizes in the divisions they supported.
The competition is open to all youth in grades 6-12. The youth exhibit will open on June 3 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and run in conjunction with Celebration, scheduled June 8-11. The awards ceremony will be held on June 8 at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau, and the exhibit will close on June 30. Applications are due April 15. The youth exhibit is an offshoot of SHI’s Juried Art Show and Competition, first held in 2002, which also will run during Celebration and exhibit at the Walter Soboleff Building through July 31.