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Jenny Irene Miller Artist in Residence, April 2023

During the month of April, Bunnell Street Arts Center welcomes artist in residence Jenny Irene Miller, an Inupiaq artist from Dena’ina Ełnena, Anchorage, Alaska. While in residence Jenny will exhibit work, create new work and host a cyanotype workshop

“I’m an artist who uses photography. My larger portfolio also includes works made with sound, video, and sculpture. My art practice is grounded in all of this: place, storytelling, Indigeneity, queerness, and familial and community relations. Photography provides a space for me to practice a form of careful observation that runs deep in the Inupiaq culture I come from. My art practice considers photography’s ability to share stories, to recall people and memories, and how it has been used as a weapon in the colonial project.”

During the residency Jenny will work with familial archival photographs featuring Inupiat family members, remixed by transforming the images as cyanotype photographs printed on fabric (by cropping in on gestures, features, and layering the archival images) to be transformed into a garment, circling around themes of support and connection, relating to protection.

Jenny will offer two cyanotype workshops, April 16 and 23 from 1 to 5 pm encouraging  participation by LGBTQ2+ youth, youth from the Rec Room, Alaska Native youth, and Indigenous women in recovery. (FULL)

Jenny Irene Miller (Inupiaq, b. Nome, Alaska) is an artist working primarily with photography. Her work focuses on identity, community, place, refusal, and access. Miller lives and works on Dena’ina Ełnena in Anchorage, Alaska. Miller holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico where she was awarded the Beaumont Newhall/Van Deren Coke Photography Fellowship. She also holds a BFA in Photomedia and a BA in American Indian Studies from the University of Washington. She is a past SITE Santa Fe Scholar, Elizabeth Furber Fellow, and Fulbright Canada Killam Fellow. 

This program is made possible with support from the National Performance Networks Artist Engagement Fund, and a Healthy Communities: Arts, Culture, Play grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, as well as Bunnell members like you.

Artist Talk: First Friday Opening, April 7th, 5-7pm, 6pm artist talk @Bunnell

FULL: Cyanotype Workshop: Sunday, April 16 and Sunday April 23, from 1 to 5pm @Bunnell. Workshop is $35, however if you’d like to waive the registration fee please call 907.235.2662 or email info@bunnellarts.org. Register online at www.bunnellarts.org

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