Island Institute Year In Review

  • Posted on: 1 January 2016
  • By: Peter

Looking back, it's been a wonderful year at the Island Institute. It was a year of residencies, of local programs here in Sitka, of celebrating the past of the Institute and planning for the future

One of the more visible changes has been our move to a new home at 304 Baranof St. With a bit more elbow room in the office, a nice corner for our bookmaking gear, an apartment upstairs for our residents, and a public event space for Story Lab (our youth program) and other local events, not to mention a backyard, the new location has opened up loads of possibilities for us.

Samuel Kolawole in Sitka

  • Posted on: 19 November 2015
  • By: Peter

For Samuel Kolawole, these last three months spent in Iowa City have represented "the opportunity of a lifetime". Hailing from Abuja, Nigeria, Samuel was selected as one of 34 writers from around the world to participate in this years International Writers Program at the University of Iowa.

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Current, Recent, and Upcoming Artist Residents

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.

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.

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.

April, 2016

Animals and their relationships with humans, explored from various intellectual and philosophical angles whether emotional, sustenance, or environmental, is a long recurring thread in her works.