Sealaska Heritage

NEWS_SHI to unveil winners Of Juried Art Competition, Youth Art Exhibit

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June 2, 2022

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will open its eleventh, biennial Juried Art Show and Competition next week during Celebration 2022 and give awards in five divisions. The institute also will give awards to participants of its Juried Youth Art Exhibit during the ceremony.

The Juried Art Show will include 30 pieces by 20 artists, plus a display of eight pieces that won prizes in the 2020 show, which was virtual because of Covid-19. Winners from 2022 will receive prizes in the following divisions:

  • Carving and sculpture
  • Two-dimensional and relief carving
  • Sewing
  • Weaving; and,
  • Endangered art, which includes spruce-root weaving

Artists who win best of category will compete for best of division, and the division winners will compete for best of show. SHI also will award a best of formline prize among all pieces submitted.

Jurors were the acclaimed artists Michael Beasley and Shgen Doo Tan Robyn Kay George. Jurors reviewed the pieces blindly, meaning the names of artists who submitted pieces were not disclosed.

The exhibit will open at 4:30 pm, June 3, during First Friday and run through Dec. 3 in the Nathan Jackson Gallery at SHI’s Walter Soboleff Building. The awards ceremony, which will include awards for SHI’s Juried Youth Art Exhibit participants, is scheduled for 4 pm, Wednesday, June 8, in the clan house at the Walter Soboleff Building.

The Juried Youth Art Exhibit will showcase 20 pieces by 15 high school students and be on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. SHI will give awards for the top three pieces, which were chosen blindly by juror Stephen Jackson. The exhibit will also open at 4:30 pm, June 3, and run through June 24.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Kathy Dye, SHI Media and Publications Deputy Director, 907.321.4636,

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