BUNNELL STREET ARTS CENTER WELCOMES AMBER WEBB, EXHIBITING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MAY 2022
Amber Webb’s drawings on panel inspired by Yu’pik storytelling illustrate the evolution and strength of Indigenous people, as well as the effects of colonization and intergenerational trauma. Webb will exhibit for the month of May and create new work as Artist-in-Residence from April 20 – May 7.
Homer, Alaska, April 20th – May 7th — Exhibiting artist, Amber Webb will create new work during her two-week residency from April 20-May 7. Her explorations of pictorial Yup’ik storytelling communicate contemporary stories of resilience, humor, changing climate, motherhood, historic trauma and resistance. “I will focus on a small wood carving or series of carvings based on a series of fat indigenous women. This is a continuation of exploring Yup’ik ways of making and honors the original intent of the series.” This residency is supported by Homer Art and Frame and National Performance Network’s Artist Engagement Fund. Webb’s work will continue on exhibit at Bunnell throughout the month of May.
Amber Webb is a Yup’ik artist/activist from Curyang, Alaska. After graduating from UAA in 2013 with a BA in woven fibers and a minor in history, she worked industrial jobs while designing apparel featuring Yup’ik language in solidarity with language reclamation efforts. In 2018, she was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Project Award for a 12-ft. qaspeq to honor Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in North America. Her work visually explores the effects of colonization, and the evolution and strength of Indigenous people after genocide and intergenerational trauma through portraiture and textiles. Amber was Choggiung Ltd. Shareholder citizen of the year, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Citizen of the year and also received the Walter Sobeleff Warrior of Light Award from Alaska Federation of Natives in 2019.
Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program features Alaska, national and international artists for residencies of varying lengths, from one week to one month. The program has evolved with support from Rasmuson Foundation, US Artists, Homer Foundation, ArtPlace America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, it is primarily supported by private donors, foundation grants, and application fees.
Bunnell’s nationally recognized Visual Art Exhibition Program opens the first Friday of every month with an artist reception and talk free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, the Exhibition program promotes education and artistic awareness for the public, and offers networking, exchange and professional opportunity for Alaska artists. Exhibits are sponsored by art sales, individual donors and local business sponsors.
Thank you Homer Art and Frame for being the local sponsor for this exhibit.
Exhibit Opening: Friday, May 6, 2022, 5 -7 pm, 6pm artist talk