Sitka Museum Looks For Native Artists

Dec 20, 2017

An artist creates silver bracelets at the Native Artist Residency program at the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, Alaska.
Credit Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is looking for Native artists to research and be inspired by the artwork stored in the museum's collections.

The museum’s 2018 Native Artist Residency program is taking applications until Thursday, December 21. The program is still waiting to hear if it has a go-ahead for this year’s funding, but if all goes as planned, the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum will be hosting Native artists in Sitka this summer.

The Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum has four residency positions available for the program. The positions are three weeks long, starting in June and ending in September, and involve working at the museum and with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

Artists will be able to access and study all the traditional art in the museum, and then use that experience to make various kinds of Native art. Their work need not be limited to traditional skills and materials; Native artists in the program can also explore contemporary art and use modern components.

The Sheldon Jackson Museum residency offers an artist stipend, food stipend, lodging, and travel to and from Sitka. Talented beginners and experienced artists are welcomed to apply, but the deadline is approaching.

For more information about the program call 907-747-8904 or email