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Decolonizing Alaska, Now on tour


Decolonizing Alaska has been on tour since August of 2016.

If you’ve seen the exhibit, please take a short 3-minute evaluation survey.

Decolonizing Alaska Artist Talk Part 1

Asia Freeman, Crystal Rose Worl, Melissa Shagnioff, Michael Conti, Kesler Woodward, Michael Walsh and Annette Bellamy:

Decolonizing Alaska Artist Talk Part 2:

Rebecca Lyon, Getchen Sagan, Rika Mouw, Ben Schleifman, Joel Isaak, Sonya Kelliher Combs, Sheila Wyne, and Sheryl Maree Reily:


Decolonizing Alaska Exhibition Schedule:

Homer, AK: 8/5 – 8/31/16, Bunnell Street Arts Center

Valdez, AK: 9/16 – 10/23/16, Valdez Historical and Fine Arts Museum

Washington DC: 2/3 – 3/18/17, Corcoran School of Arts and Design

Juneau, AK: 5/5 – 10/15/17, Alaska State Museum

Ketchikan, AK: 11/4 – 12/22/17, The Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council

Fairbanks, AK: 2/1 /2018 – 9/30/2018 The UA Museum of the North

Portland, OR: 11/1/2018 – 1/12/2019 Center for Art + Culture at PNCA

Curator’s Statement





Decolonizing Alaska Catalog PDF




Decolonizing Study Guide Img

Decolonizing Alaska Study Guide PDF



Decolonizing Alaska is sponsored by Bunnell Street Arts Center, curated by Asia Freeman and supported in part by grants from ArtWorks, The CIRI Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation with additional support from the exhibit venues and Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.


MEDIA hosted by Robert Hannon with curator Asia Freeman and artist Joel Isaac March 2018


The Juneau Empire

“’Decolonizing Alaska’ is inspired by the idea that artists should challenge expectations of how Native art should look…”

“…artwork ranging from fishskin screens, weavings, masks and even remnants of moose antler…”

Washington Diplomat

“‘Decolonizing Alaska’ Digs Deeper Than Eskimos and Igloos…”

Washington Post

“A multimedia exhibition of works by a collaboration of 30 native and nonnative Alaska artists…”

“…includes reflections on personal and cultural identity, as well as on political and environmental issues.”

Indian Country Media Network

“…‘Decolonizing Alaska’ questions the modern ideals of today’s Native people…”

“Alaska Natives have struggled for centuries against the onslaught of colonization that seized their ancestral homeland to plunder its wealth of natural resources while seeking to stamp out indigenous traditions…”

George Washington University:

“…contemporary artists exploring and responding to Alaska’s history of colonization and its emerging influence on sustainability, both environmental and cultural.”

“…and inspire conversation around self-definition and the power to express ideas about identity separate from those that permeate popular culture.”

Alaska Public Media

“An innovative new exhibit at Bunnell Street Arts Center has turned a spotlight on Alaska’s long history of colonization…”

Valdez Museum

“…works by established Alaskan artists responding to the theme of the colonization of Alaska: the commodification and stereotyping of Alaskan cultures and iconography.”

KBBI Public Radio (audio)

“KBBI News Director Daysha Eaton talks with Asia Freeman, the Artistic/Executive Director at Bunnell Street Arts Center and the curator for Decolonizing Alaska…”

Alaska Dispatch

“First Friday: Decolonizing Alaska Aug 5-31st…”

Homer News

“Flex students challengedby ‘Decolonizing’ exhibit…”

KTOO Public Media

“The exhibition tells a multitude of stories from many perspectives…”