Return from Los Anchorage
We got back from Alaska a little over a week ago. In a nutshell, it was awesome. This was my second trip to the land of the moose, but my first chance to really go inland. We made some new friends (see above), ate reindeer sausage, and celebrated Aaron’s (spouse) birthday for pretty much the entire week. Incidentally, there is quite a lot of mighty good craft beer up there, which I suppose makes the winters pass by a little more tolerably.
The show at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art went well, and many thanks to Honor Hall and the rest of the IGCA staff and board for supporting such a great space. Anchorage has a bustling art scene, as does much of Alaska. We were there for First Friday, when a large number of downtown Anchorage art spaces open their doors to showcase new exhibitions. I was fortunate enough to show with painter Anne Wedler and photographer Joe Yelverton. Yelverton’s body of work, Unseen, is incredibly compelling – he spent several months interviewing and traveling with the Alaska 210th and 212th rescue squadrons, which he documented with large-scale color photographs. Yelverton himself had to undergo serious training in order to complete this project, which takes artistic sacrifice to a whole new level.
The show runs until the end of July. More information can be found at www.igcaalaska.org.
Hey there, Fellas...
I am thrilled to have been awarded a 2017-2018 Artist Fellowship from the Iowa Arts Council. In its fourth year, this award provides working Iowa artists with a monetary stipend, ongoing professional development, and networking opportunities for one year. I’m in pretty stellar company this year with Iowa City writer Rachel Yoder, Des Moines filmmaker Jack Meggers, Grinnell sculptor Lee Emma Running, and Rickardsville musician River Breitbach. Many, many thanks to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the Iowa Arts Council for providing this support directly to Iowa artists, a rare opportunity in many states. More information about these great organizations can be found at iowaculture.gov/arts
Anchorage bound in T minus 6 days. 168 Hours will debut at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art during the month of July with an opening reception on Friday, July 7, 5-8 pm. Alaska friends (do I have any?), take note! I am taking full advantage and dragging my spouse to the tundra for a week to see the show and the sights.