For the past weeks this column has been devoted to keeping readers who are sheltering-in-place, thought-provoked with American Art. With the Pandemic strangling the country, and no live museum exhibitions to stroll and critique, I have been digging through my art library combining social/pol…

By O’Hara Shipe

Come on! With everything there is to worry about these days: getting the Virus, the economic downturn; do we need to ban books in Mat-Su, Alaska: ‘The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, Catch 22, The Things They Carried, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’? It reminds me of ‘The Music Man, 1962’ when…

Americans can be very generous when it comes to disaster relief, but can be selfish when it comes to paying higher taxes for social welfare.

Five renowned Alaskan artists have joined forces to commemorate this historic time in our state, releasing a limited edition print that brings together a diversity of styles and perspectives. The Alaska Endures commemorative print unites the work of Alvin Amason, Ray Troll, Sara Tabbert, Kar…

Rasmuson Foundation has named Wayne Price of Haines as its 2020 Distinguished Artist. The award recognizes one Alaska artist annually for a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contribution to the state’s arts and culture. The honor is accompanied by a $40,000 award.

Relic Photographic owner Hanna Thimsen and her sister Heidi Burtch are currently accepting applications for up to $10,000 worth of prom photos to support Valley graduates who lost their opportunity to experience a normal prom or even graduation this year due to COVID-19.

It’s hard to think about the upcoming summer, when everyone is sheltering-in-place, looking out windows onto a cold and drab Anchorage spring.

Editor's Note: The original version of this Center For Public Integrity story can be found at https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/federal-agencies-are-doing-little-about-rise-anti-asian-hate-n1184766 

This past week the Anchorage Museum was to have their North X North (Critical Futures) conference—Coronavirus cancelled! Their website states, it was to be, “a shared experience to explore radically new modes of thinking and responding to our collective futures and to a changed climate.” Acc…

Grocery shopping has become an entire afternoon of frustration. Husband Dave and I joke we’re eating so much spinach, we’re becoming magnetized. Drive-in banks used to be a quickie-stop for that odd check from some organization not onboard with credit cards — not anymore. We waited an hour i…

It’s 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. The sun is still drenching the parking lot on Spenard Road near Koot’s, the landmark windmill casting a long shadow across the 15-20 vehicles parked side-by-side, all facing north. From the bed of a rented pickup truck, a handful of local comics take turns re…

Like everyone, I’m hunkered down trying to get into a routine. I generally work from home; being forced is a different matter. I went to Costco and pushed my cart down empty aisles, no jalapeno poppers — husband Dave says he can survive if there are poppers and beer. There was lots of frozen…

As we continue to self quarantine and socially distance ourselves over the next few weeks and, many of us will turn to our favorite TV shows, movies, music and podcasts to enjoy our favorite arts.

With the spring break travel being thwarted and stock markets plummeting, all in response to the uncertainty over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and possible shortages because of breakdowns in overseas manufacturing and supply routes, two venues celebrated National Youth Art Month…

Blue Chair Productions is a breath of fresh air in the Anchorage theatre community. Each production company and black box theatre group has their own vibe and style, and it seems the Blue Chair has cornered the market on thoughtful and emotional entertainment. In their newest production, Ugl…

At this month’s College Art Association Conference in Chicago, I presented: ‘Climate Change Alert through Arctic Aesthetics’, for a session entitled ‘Art Criticism Between and Around the Coasts’.

The Anchorage Museum has a strong commitment to acknowledging the art of Alaska’s indigenous people, and recently they have embarked on appreciating all Arctic aboriginal artists, such as Norway’s Aslaug Juliussen. Not only is Northern ancient craft being recognized as fine art, but present-…

Hip Hop is often confused as a musical genre. The reality is that it's a culture, comprised of 5 pillars; Turntabling, Breakdancing, Rhyming, Beatmaking, Knowledge, and Graffiti. These forms are their own lifestyles in a way, yet still maintain close connection to the societal dialogue Hip H…

By Anchorage Downtown Partnership Press Release

By Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan

In the rear of the Smithsonian Arctic Center, on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum, is the Gillam Archeology Lab, where I found Canadian artist Glenn Gear, who relishes his multi-cultural heritage, uniquely incorporating European and Nunatsiavut ethnicity into video games, collages an…

When three of our grown children relocated to the East coast, husband David and I found ourselves traveling for Christmas/New Year holidays. Sleuthing for art is a good way to pause from competitive family board gaming and over-indulgence of hollandaise sauce and roast beef, too.

In my art wanderings, I seek out contextual narratives, which I often rework into my own paintings. Sometimes an image will express more than its companion writings. Social injustice, perseverance of man, and Climate Change issues — evident in our ever shrinking planet, made profound stateme…

Here are excerpts from ten 2019 Sleuth pieces, which describe Alaska’s year in art (entire pieces can be Googled). Artists reacted to denial of Climate Change, global resistance to mass human displacement/migration, while visually embracing universal commonalities. At the Christies Education…

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a large-scale production of Charles Dickens’ ‘ A Christmas Carol’ and once again, it’s Juneau-based Perseverance Theater bringing the classic to Anchorage’s audiences Dec. 20-29 at the Performing Arts Center.

In a large classroom on the third floor of UAA/APU’s Consortium Library, a small group of Anchorage citizens gathered to hear Dahr Jamail hawk his acclaimed book, ‘The End of Ice’, reportage about the state of the planet. While a few students wandered in and abruptly out, appearing not to ca…

The theater scene appears to be alive and well in the Mat-Su Valley, with numerous productions of all levels happening throughout the year.

Outdoor public art fetches up in most cities and towns, mostly ignored, with original meanings lost on new generations. For example, no one knows what to do with Confederate statues whose bygone meanings are lost, leaving only tropes of slavery’s dehumanization. However, the 55-foot orange C…