Website Relaunch

  • Posted on: 4 February 2015
  • By: Peter

We've just relaunched the website with some new features. 
Take a look at our new timeline to look back on some key moments in the history of the Island Institute, get to know our past alumni through the revamped alumni pages for the long running Resident Fellows Program and the more recent Sitka Fellows Program, and submit your applications for the 2015 Sitka Fellows Program using our new application interface. 

Introducing Sally & The Sitka Story Lab

  • Posted on: 10 September 2014
  • By: Sally

Hello! I’m Sally Helm, writing from my new seat in the Island Institute offices on the Sheldon Jackson campus. I landed in Sitka just over two weeks ago as one of twelve Southeast Service Fellows who will be living on campus this year and serving in various organizations around Sitka. I grew up in Los Angeles, took a gap year between high school and college to travel in Latin America, and spent the past four years in New Haven, CT — I graduated from Yale University in May with a degree in English. I wrote my senior thesis on intersections between poetry and political rhetoric during the 1960s, and I also studied memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing. I’ll be in Sitka for the next nine months (at least!). After seeing the water glow with phosphorescent plankton one weekend under my kayak one weekend and climbing Gavan Hill for a beautiful sunset the next, I’m pretty sure that this is one of the most astonishing places I’ve ever been.


Current, Recent, and Upcoming Artist Residents

November, 2017

Kristian Sendon Cordero (poet, fiction writer, essayist, translator, filmmaker; Naga City, Philippines) writes in Filipino, Bikol and Rinconada, and has translated Borges, Kafka, Wilde and Rilke to these languages. Two of his most recent poetry collections received the 2014 National Book Awards; his debut collection of poetry in his three respective languages won the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2006.

April, 2017

Jimmy Riordan splits his time between Alaska and Pennsylvania. Riordan’s practice extends beyond the bounds of any specific field or medium.  His projects have involved earth building, augmented reality, letterpress and translation to name a few. All emphasizing research and Riordan's interest in the self-taught and group learning.

April, 2017

Wendy Given is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. With a production of vivid, uncanny contemporary photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, her practice stems from a profound interest guided by nature, myth and magic.

April, 2017

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated love for the land and curiosity about its use.

April, 2017

As metaphorical expressions inspired by nature, Billy Joe Miller's work elicits possibilities of transformation and discovery. His practice often results in structures, shapes, light and sounds that frame and create contemplative, site-responsive spaces. Operating at an architectural scale, his projects are immersive and multi-sensory.

November, 2016

Courtney Sina Meredith (1986–) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012.

September, 2016

Nikki Zielinski joins us in Sitka as the 2016 Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence at the Island Institute. Nikki's poetry explores the ways in which experiences of violence, both overt and institutional, shape one’s perception of and interaction with their communities and environments.

April, 2016

Allison Warden is an Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist born in Fairbanks, Alaska with close ties to Kaktovik, Alaska.  She is also known by her rap persona, AKU-MATU.  Her most recent show, “Let Glow” debuted at the Bunnell Street Art Center as part of an artistic residency in March 2014.