Sitka Native Artist Gets $25K Museum Grant
Nicholas Galanin poses with his son, Elliott, age 3, in his studio. (Sentinel Photo)
By SHANNON HAUGLAND
Sentinel Staff Writer
Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. In addition to the unrestricted grant, the honor comes with an agreement to purchase Galanin’s work for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Ind. The fellowship annually honors four juried artists and one invited artist who excel in the field of contemporary art. Galanin, who is part Tlingit and Aleut, is a concept-driven artist who works in sculpture, photography and other media, the Eiteljorg museum said.
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Nicholas Galanin is an internationally renowned artist. Galanin learned alongside master artists who inspired him to push the boundaries of Native art. He has shared his knowledge with students as a guest professor at the University of Victoria in BC and through his Sitka gallery and studio. Sealaska celebrates Nicholas’ accomplishment and inspiring works of art.
When artist Nicholas Galanin began apprenticing with his father and uncle, both master carvers, he noticed a societal perception of what indigenous art should be. He’s spent his life dispelling those perceptions. “There are no real rules in the creative world,” he says. An artist of Tlingit-Aleut descent, Nicholas recently received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from the United States Artists nonprofit organization.
Nicholas studied as a jewelry designer and silversmith in London, and then received his master’s degree in New Zealand. Though he works across all different media, his current focus is on contemporary concept-based art. Says Nicholas, I don’t know what the next project will look like, and that’s exciting.”
A link to the Q&A