Current Exhibits

Elements, 15th Annual 12x12 Community Art Show March 1 through April 19"Elements of Southeast Alaska." by Sue Baxter

Elements, 15th Annual 12x12 Community Art Show March 1 through April 19

Exhibit runs through 2019-04-19

Opening Reception: Friday, March 1st from 4:30-7:00pm.

What do you think of when you hear the word, elements? Do earth, wind, fire and water come to mind? How about the "elements of a story" or what it means to be "in your element"? These are just a few of the ways artists chose to interpret this year's 12x12 community art exhibition theme.

For 15 years, the City Museum has curated the 12x12 community art exhibit in which artists of all ages are encouraged to create works within the parameters of a square or a cube, measuring 12" x 12" (by 12") including the framing. This year, over forty community members submitted pieces in a variety of styles and the Murray Gallery walls are full. This is a show you won't want to miss!

Jinkaat Yoo X̱’atánk Lingít X̱’éináx̱ (10 Tlingit Words to Know and Use) on display through April 2019

Jinkaat Yoo X̱’atánk Lingít X̱’éináx̱ (10 Tlingit Words to Know and Use) on display through April 2019

Exhibit runs through 2019-04-30

  • First Friday Opening Reception
  • November 2
  • 4:30-7:00pm

Kootéeyaa, s’eek and s’áxt (totem pole, black bear, and devil’s club) are just a few words we regularly use when communicating about place in Southeast Alaska. Jinkaat Yoo X̱’atánk Lingít X̱’éináx̱ or Ten Tlingit Words to Know and Use invites the viewer to use these words (and more) in Tlingit- a language that has been in use for at least 10,000 years.

Jinkaat Yoo X̱’atánk Lingít X̱’éináx̱ will be on display in the Media Room Gallery through April 2019 and will include ten Tlingit words displayed alongside ten curated items from the Museum’s permanent collection. Viewers will be encouraged to learn both the meaning and pronunciation of the ten Tlingit words and can also participate in learning additional Tlingit vocabulary and phrases through interacting with Museum exhibits, utilizing language learning resources and consulting with a Tlingit language learning group.

In addition, Museum visitors will be provided a Tlingit language “scavenger hunt’ to assist in learning additional Tlingit vocabulary. Using a list of Tlingit words, participants will be encouraged to explore the Museum’s exhibits to locate the words and find their meanings.

Tlingit language learning resources and learning activities will be available in the Media Room Gallery for individuals or groups who want to use the gallery for language learning through April 2019.

Poems, Stories and Artifacts February 1 through April 19

Poems, Stories and Artifacts February 1 through April 19

Exhibit runs through 2019-03-30

Poems, Stories and Artifacts will feature items from the City Museum’s permanent collection displayed alongside written word pieces by University of Alaska Southeast Creative Writing students. Professor Emily Wall’s Creative Writing class included an ekphrastic writing assignment. Most commonly, ekphrastic writing is a vivid description of a work of art in which the act of reflecting on the artwork, amplifies and expands its meaning. For this assignment, each student chose one object, artwork, or artifact from the City Museum’s collection to contemplate. Using this object as a point of inspiration, students created a poem, memoir or flash fiction piece. Student work will be on display next to the object of inspiration. This exhibit will open with a First Friday Reception on February 1st, 2019.