The winners of the fifth Sealaska Heritage Institute Juried Art Show were announced last night at an awards ceremony at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Seven artists took top awards for best contemporary and traditional Native art.
In the traditional category, the winners are: Best of Show, "Tlingit Helmet" by Wayne Price; 1st Place, "Copper Child" by Lily Hudson; 2nd Place, Untitled Ravenstail Weave by Shgen George; and 3rd Place, "Spruce Root Hat" by Merle Anderson.
In the contemporary category, the winners are: Best of Show- "Cedar Bark Hat Box" by Merle Anderson; 1st Place, "Crisco Berry Surprise" by Corey Stein; 2nd Place, "Cycle of Life" by Chloe French; and 3rd Place, "Raven and the Beauty of Eagle Spirit" by Lance Twitchell.
Twenty other artists also were chosen to exhibit their work in the show. Those artists are: Anna Elhers, Calvin Morberg (Honorable Mention), Catherine "Kitty" Young, Clara Haley, Deborah Head (Honorable Mention), Dolly Garza (Two Honorable Mentions), Harmony Hoss, Kathy Polk (two Honorable Mentions), Lani Hotch, Malcolm Miller (Two Honorable Mentions), Michael Beasley (Honorable Mention), Mike Dangeli (Honorable Mention), Myles Edgars (Honorable Mention), Opal Olsen, Pauline Jim (Honorable Mention), Preston Singletary (Honorable Mention), Ralph Wolfe, Ray Peck, Richard Beasley (Honorable Mention), Vivian Benson (Honorable Mention).
Twelve-year old Patrice DeAsis also was singled out for an Encouragement of Recognition mention for her entry, a Chilkat weaving.
Winning entries were chosen by David Boxley, a renowned Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla. Boxley has shown his work both nationally and internationally, and is particularly respected for his totem poles. He is also a previous juried art show award winner, who won best of show in 2004, as well as two first-place prizes.
The names of the artists were not available to Boxley during the selection process.
The artwork will be on display at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center through June 27. Some of the pieces are available for purchase.
Sealaska's Juried Art competition is held biennially in conjuction with Celebration, and celebrates the work of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists. The first show was held in 2002.
Also at the JACC this weekend is the Native Artist Market. The market runs Thursday through Saturday.
For more information, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org/celebration/.