The Nathan Jackson Gallery, located within SHI’s headquarters in downtown Juneau, features a permanent exhibit, “Enter the World of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Peoples,” which includes a display of highly valued clan treasures. The temporary gallery currently features a show of Alaska Native masks. The building also houses SHI’s collections, which include art objects, books, and archives. The collections provide a basis for continued scholarship through SHI’s research and visiting scholars’ programs.
SHI sponsors a biennial Juried Art Show and Competition, which is held in conjunction with Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival organized by SHI. The goals of the Juried Art Show are:
- To encourage and enhance the creation and production of Southeast Alaska Native objects of artistic value that have fallen into disuse and are becoming rare
- To stimulate and enhance the quality of artistic work among our Native artisans
- To encourage the development of new forms of art of purely Southeast Alaska Native form and design
SHI sponsors a biennial Juried Youth Art Exhibit, which is held in conjunction with Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival organized by SHI. The program is part of an effort to increase the number of young artists making high-quality pieces and sharing their work with the public. Cash awards are made to schools of the winners for art supplies to be used by schools or organizations for future instruction in Northwest Coast art. All youth who chose to exhibit receive a specially-made Juried Art Show t-shirt, and winners also receive a certificate. The competition is open to all youth in grades 6-12. The exhibit is held in June every even year.
We perpetuate, enhance and share Southeast Alaskan Native culture through our Institute, our store, and our True Southeast visitor experience.