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A new special exhibit featuring the work of Denali’s Artists-in-Residence program is now on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks. “Ascension: Exploring the Art of Denali” features the works of 20 artists, including those of sculptor Ron Senungetuk, fiber artist Ree Nancarrow, and painter Kesler Woodward. Paintings, historical photographs, and cultural objects from the museum’s collections complete the exhibit.
The exhibit runs through Saturday, January 30, 2010. Admission is included in the museum’s general admission price: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for youth 7-17 and free for children 6 and under. The museum is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays.
Each year the park selects three or four artists for ten day residency periods from a pool of applicants from across the United States and abroad. The artists use the historic East Fork patrol cabin, located 43 miles into the park, as their base. In return for their residency, each artist donates a piece of artwork inspired by their time in the park to Denali’s art collection. Artists also offer a public presentation for visitors at the end of their residency. Many of the works created by artists-in-residence from previous years are displayed in the Denali Visitor Center and the Eielson Visitor Center during the summer visitor season.
Information and the online application for the 2010 Denali Artist-in-Residence program is available at http://arts.alaskageographic.org. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2009. The program is coordinated by Alaska Geographic, the nonprofit partner for Denali National Park and Preserve.
For more information on the special exhibit, contact Kerynn Fisher, University of Alaska Museum of the North communications coordinator at 907-474-6941 or 907-378-2559 or Annie Duffy, exhibit guest curator, at 907-474-8133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.