Alaska Native Artist Residency Program applications available

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum are looking for Alaska Native artists to apply to the 2021 Native Artist Residency program. This 2021 Alaska Native Artist Residency Program starts in May and ends in September. In 2021, the Museum is offering a higher financial award, food stipend, travel to and from Sitka, and paid time accessing and studying the museum’s exceptional Alaska Native ethnographic and art collection.

Five residency positions are available. Residencies are 17 or 19 days long and occur: May 14th – June 1st; June 4th – June 20th; July 10th – July 26th; July 27th – Aug. 12th; and Aug. 21st – Sept. 6th. All residencies involve creating art at the museum in an open studio-like format and include artist stipends of $1,800-$2,200, a food per diem of $680, lodging, and travel to and from Sitka.

Artists-in-residence may focus on traditional or contemporary Native art forms including but not limited to wood carving, ivory carving, silver engraving, beading, skin, gut and fish skin sewing, drum making, and basket or textile weaving, drumming, and dancing.

Outstanding beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome. Artists benefit from utilizing the museum’s collections for research and meeting visitors from around Alaska and the world and local Sitka community members while working in the museum gallery.

Individuals who wish to obtain an information packet on the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program outlining pay and benefits, position expectations, the residency schedule, and other details may call the museum at (907) 747-8981 and request a packet be emailed or mailed. The packet is also available at and .

If you have questions about the program or application, please email Jacqueline.Fernandez- [email protected] or call (907) 747-8904. Applications are due Feb. 11th, 2021.