Winners of Sealaska Heritage Institute 2014 Juried Art Show and Competition Announced

First Place Winner-Dancing Raven Hat by Wayne Price

First Place Winner-Dancing Raven Hat by Wayne Price

JUNEAU — Six artists have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau, Alaska.

The show features a total of 21 pieces and will be on exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center through June 30.

Echoing Traditions by Deborah Head-Aanutein

Echoing Traditions by Deborah Head-Aanutein

The winners, chosen by juror David Boxley, a prominent Tsimshian artist, are:

Best of Show

  • Wayne Price—Dancing Raven Hat (pictured)
  • Northwest Coast Customary Art
  • 1st Place—Pauline Duncan, Ravenstail Set
  • 2nd Place—Wayne Price, Quantum Raven
  • 3rd Place—Deborah Head-Aanutein, Echoing Traditions
  • Northwest Coast Customary-Inspired Art
  • 1st Place—Teri Rofkar, Caprini Tribal Regalia
  • 2nd Place—Della Cheney, Leadership and Change
  • 3rd Place—Lily Hope, Little Watchman
Caprini Tribal Regalia by Teri Rofkar

Caprini Tribal Regalia by Teri Rofkar

Formline Art

  • 1st Place—Wayne Price, Quantum Raven
  • 2nd Place— Wayne Price, Mother Whale
  • 3rd Place— Wayne Price, Dancing Raven Hat

Eight other artists also were chosen to exhibit their work in the show. Those artists included:

  • William Bolton
  • Hans Chester
  • Mike Dangeli
  • Robert Hoffmann
  • Debra O’Gara
  • Andrew Tripp
  • Jennie Wheeler
  • Joe Young

Some of the pieces are available for purchase.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute founded the competition in 2002 to promote the development of Southeast Alaska Native arts.

Quantum Raven by Wayne Price

Quantum Raven by Wayne Price

The goals of the Juried Art Show are:

  • To encourage and enhance the creation and production of Southeast Alaska Native objects of artistic value which have fallen into disuse and are becoming rare.
  • To stimulate and enhance the quality of artistic work among our Native artisans.
  • To encourage the development of new forms of art of purely Southeast Alaska Native form and design.

To ensure an objective judging process, the names of the artists were not included with the photos of objects viewed during selection for exhibition or with the actual objects during the final judging process to determine top winners.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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