“Gruening Cabin Legacy” by Dianne Anderson, 2015. Courtesy of Alaska State Parks.
In 2015, Alaska State Parks kicked off its first-ever Artist-In-Residence program at Ernest Gruening State Historical Park near Juneau. The program runs from June through September, with selected artist from across the state spending up to two weeks each at the Gruening Cabin. As part of the program, these artists hold public art workshops and other events throughout the summer, providing new opportunities for park visitors to experience and enjoy the spectacular setting and unique history of this park. The Museum is pleased to host an exhibit of selected work created or inspired from the 2015 and 2016 artists' times at the cabin. In 2015, its inaugural year, the program hosted seven artists: Puanani Maunu, Jim Leach, Nancy Angelini Crawford, Dianne Anderson, Mark Vinsel, Kurt Jacobson, and Constance Baltuck. Artists who participated in 2016 include: Joan Pardes, Patti Hutchens Jouppi, Bruce Sink, Christine Fortner, Glenda Field, Roy Roys, Naona “Peaches” Wallin, Bob and Sandy Winfree, and Keren Lowell. The First Friday opening for the Gruening Cabin exhibit will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 4:30-7:00 pm. The exhibit will run through Saturday, February 25, 2017. For more information on the Artist-In-Residence program, go to: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/artistinresidence.htm. To download an application to be a 2017 artist-in-residence, click the Registration Information link below.