Online Collection Database
Fine Arts collection staff are currently working on a project to migrate the Fine Arts collection database online to Arctos, a fully on-line, multi-disciplinary collection management information system developed and operated by UAMN and currently used by most other collections at UAMN, including the Ethnology & History collections. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
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.
New Collection Storage Space
In December 2011, the fine arts collection was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to fund the purchase and installation of art racks and museum-quality mobile storage furniture for the new fine art space in the UAF Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.
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.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
The UA Museum of the North was the lucky Alaskan recipient of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States gift. VOGEL 50 x 50: Fifty Works for Alaska is on exhibit in the new Collections Gallery from Winter 2014 – Summer 2015.