Sitka's Galanin receives contemporary Native art fellowship

Mike Dunham

Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin is one of five North American artists selected to receive a 2013 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. The prize awarded by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis, to individuals "who excel in the field of Native contemporary art" comes with a $25,000 cash award.

Galanin is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in traditional and experimental art materials including video, photography, and three dimensional pieces. His art is in the permanent collection of the Anchorage Museum. He has previously received Rasmuson Awards and, earlier this year, was among 50 recipients of USA Artists fellowships. He is also a musician who co-organizes an alternative music festival in Sitka and performs on guitar as "Silver Jackson."

Other Eiteljorg artists this year include Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun of British Columbia, Julie Buffalohead of Oklahoma, Meryl McMaster of Ontario and Shan Goshorn of Oklahoma. Their work will be featured in an exhibition at the museum opening in November.

"I will attend the opening events," Galanin told the Daily News. "They have also purchased several new works which will be part of their magnificent permanent collection."

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