Grants Awarded to Six Alaskan Museums

Six of Alaska’s collecting institutions, in five communities from Unalaska to Cordova, have been awarded $16,870 in grants. The awards will support the acquisition of artwork through a fund created by Rasmuson Foundation and administered by Museums Alaska.

The Art Acquisition Fund invites museums and culture centers to submit proposals to purchase recent works by contemporary Alaskan artists. Now in its eighteenth year, this initiative has helped institutions across Alaska enhance their collections, interpret contemporary themes, and support hundreds of visual artists. This spring, six museums received a total of $16,870 to purchase 10 pieces of artwork from 9 Alaskan artists—including works in media of oil on canvas, watercolor, beach wild rye grass, copper, fur, ink, and skin.

Museums Alaska is a statewide professional organization supporting Alaska’s collecting institutions and their staff members and volunteers. The non-profit organization supports the improvement of museum services and promotes public awareness of the value of the state’s museums and culture centers. A nine-member volunteer board governs Museums Alaska with funding from memberships, grants, gifts, and sales.


Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository

Alutiiq Hatby Candace Branson $1,800.00

Not Even a Nibbleby Cheryl Lacy $1,200.00

Anchorage Museum

Nkenaghch’/Good Words to Never Forgetby Ted Kim $5,500.00

Clausen Memorial Museum

Seal Habitatby Lisa Schramek $120.00

Endangered Attractionby Don Cornelius $650.00

Ilanka Cultural Center

Backbone of Our Ancestorsby Jennifer Younger $2,200.00

“Falling Rain” Quyak Atmak (Kayak Backpack) by Christine Belgarde $1,000.00

Kodiak Historical Society

Self Portrait with Lancet Fishby Brenden Harrington $3,800.00

Museum of the Aleutians

Miniature Unangan Grass Basket on bottle form by Agnes Thompson $300.00

Miniature Unangan Grass Thimbleby Agnes Thompson $300.00