Colors of Nature
The Colors of Nature is a project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is part of a collaboration between PI Laura Conner at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Curator Mareca Guthrie at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Stephen Pompea at the National Optical and Astronomy Observatory, and Carrie Tzou at the University of Washington-Bothell. The four-year project aims to illustrate science as a creative endeavor that overlaps with art.
Curator Mareca Guthrie continues to film and interview Alaskan artists. This past year the focus has been on local photographers Jim Barker and Charles Mason. Alice Bailey, MFA photography student, and Steven Hall, an undergraduate in the UAF journalism department, helped record sound and video. Hall also began a documentary about Inupiaq artist Ken Lisbourne, supported by funding from the URSA program.
STEM to STEAM
Botany, Botanical Illustration, and Bookbinding
In July 2012 Curator of Fine Arts Mareca Guthrie worked with UAF Botany Professor Jan Dawe, book artist Margo Klass, Chris Pastro, a teacher at Randy Smith Jr. High School, and Karen Stomberg, head of the Art Center Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to develop a workshop for teachers integrating science and art through botany, illustration, and bookbinding.
Loan of Galanin Mask
Nicholas Galanin’s mask made from a bible tilted “The Good Book” went on loan for an international indigenous art exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada. Sakahŕn: International Indigenous Art is an exhibit of great importance and was held at one of the most prestigious art museums in Canada. It featured recent Indigenous art from over 16 countries. Artwork by UAF Professor Da-ka-xeen Mehner was also included.