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Sheldon Jackson Museum Native Artist Residency Program

In 1988, Janice Criswell, a Tlingit basket weaver volunteered her time to share her culture with Sheldon Jackson Museum's summer visitors and the Native Artist Residency Program was born. As residents, Alaska Native artists create artwork , traditional and nontraditional, demonstrate their techniques, and discuss their artistic process with visitors at the museum. They offer a hands-on workshop or lecture or lead another outreach or community engagement activity to creatively connect with the locals and visitors from near and afar. While here, the artists often find inspiration in the museum’s collection and augment museum staff’s knowledge and understanding while more closely examining, researching, and discussing the collection in collections storage and on exhibit in the gallery.

While artists are not required to focus on one single large project or complete a big project during their residency, we welcome artists who wish to work on one project and complete it during their time in Sitka.

Artists-in-residence are selected on a competitive basis in the spring. Housing and stipend provided.


  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Application deadline: January 15

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

Artists in the 21-Day Residencies are provided with an artist award of $2,000 and are provided with travel to and from Sitka, lodging, and food. (If in the residency co-hosted by Sitka Fine Arts Camp, this reflects pay from both the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.) Mini-Residency artists are provided with an artist award of $1,100. Food, transportation to and from Sitka, and lodging is not included. Artists selected for the 21-Day Residency Program (who do not reside in Sitka and who are not working with Sitka Fine Arts Camp students) are provided with a $1,050 stipend for food. Artists selected for the 21-Day Residency Program working with Sitka Fine Arts Camp are provided with food by the Camp the majority of their stay. These artists will be provided with a $350 stipend for food to cover 7-8 days of their food expenses in Sitka during non-Camp days. Mini-Residencies do not include a food stipend.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists who propose a lecture/talk or hands-on class in their application are given preference as applicants. Artists are strongly encouraged to propose a talk on a topic of their choice or a biographical talk on themselves or their artwork OR alternatively, a hands-on class on an art form. This is arranged with the curator in advance and if a PowerPoint is being given, and is provided to the curator prior to arrival to Sitka. If an artist wants to propose a different activity such as a dance or drumming session or performance, or reading, or any other creative suggestion, we welcome your ideas. Talks and classes happen in the museum gallery.

Contact Information

104 College Drive
Sitka, Alaska 99835
United States