Exploring maps, wayfinding, and related artworks from the Pratt Museum collections, along with recent geospatial and interactive products of Kachemak Bay.
Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 5-7 p.m.
Due to observance of federal holidays, the Pratt will be closed Friday, December 23 through December 26; and closed Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31.
We will be open especially for the Holiday Recital, new staff Reception, and Quilt Raffle on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit us during open days starting on the 11th to enjoy discounts and free gifts in the museum store!
The Pratt Museum will be closed during the month of January.
Wish wish all of our community a safe and joyous holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Have you ever kept a diary or journal? Had the opportunity to peruse the personal writing of your ancestors? Several diaries and journals are held in the collections of the Pratt Museum: their stories range from weather reports and moose sightings to extended narrative and personal reflection. Often the written word leaves much to be imagined, and could serve as a jumping-off point for something more.
The Pratt Museum is excited to present Inspired by Diaries, featuring artwork inspired by personal and historical diaries. Also on exhibit will be numerous excerpts and original historical diaries from the Pratt Collections.
The Pratt Museum was recently approached by researchers at the US Geologic Survey regarding planned research on seabirds in the Gulf of Alaska. Thanks to the capabilities of the digital camera now installed, and the hard work of museum volunteer Jason Sodergren, the Pratt Museum’s Gull Island camera will regularly record a series of nesting locations on the island. These programmed recordings will take place outside of museum hours, so will not impact gallery control of the camera. The Pratt is proud to partner with USGS and the Seldovia Native Association to better understand our fragile seabird populations. Following is a project abstract from the researchers:
In response to an unprecedented and widespread seabird die off in the Northern Gulf of Alaska in 2015-2016, as well as the need to monitor seabird populations and forage fish in potential oil and gas lease areas of interest to the Department of the Interior, the USGS is undertaking research on seabirds and forage fish in summer 2016. This collaborative effort to quantify seabirds and forage fish in the Northern Gulf of Alaska will include support from USGS Alaska Science Center, BOEM, and USFWS. One objective of the work is to monitor Black-legged Kittiwake and Common Murre breeding habits (population trend, timing, nest success, food) at their colonies and compare them to similar work done in the 1990’s. With help from the Pratt Museum’s Gull Island camera, we have a unique opportunity to monitor the nesting behavior of seabirds at fixed plots each day. This data will be used to better understand the timing of nesting (incubation and hatching dates, chick rearing, fledging) and prey deliveries (quantity, quality) by seabirds at each plot.
Visit the Pratt Museum Special Exhibits Gallery during October to preview artwork to be included in the 31st Annual Ritz Art & Experience Auction. The dinner and auction event, which will be held on Saturday, November 5, will include a live and silent auction, featuring artwork and other items donated by artists, businesses and individuals throughout Alaska. All funds raised at the Ritz will help the Pratt Museum continue to increase the diversity and quality of its exhibits and programs. Plan your bidding early!
Each year, cliff-nesting seabirds signal a change of season when they return to Gull Island. Pelagic birds live at sea for most of the year. They return to remote islands during their summer nesting cycle. Gull Island, a series of jagged rocks twelve miles from Seldovia Museum and nine miles from the Pratt Museum, is situated in the middle of Kachemak Bay. This unique rookery hosts a nesting colony of over 15,000 birds, including 12,000 Black-legged Kittiwakes and 5,000 Common Murres.
For thousands of years people have utilized the valued resources at Gull Island. Like their ancestors before them, the Sugpiaq Alutiiq and Dena’ina Athabascan of this region continue to gather eggs in the springtime.
Gull Island is protected and off-limits to visitors except for approved Native harvest. This remote-controlled camera is currently operated from the public galleries of the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. Visit the museum to control the camera and explore Gull Island for yourself!
May 6 – July 31, 2016
Since the Fall of 2015, the Pratt Museum has hosted a series of special presentations and activities surrounding the science of bears on the Kenai Peninsula and Lower Cook Inlet region. Drawing from those presentations and a coinciding call for new works, we are thrilled to present the Art and Science of Bears. Local and regional artists from Alaska will present works interpreting our region’s bears alongside current science.
This year’s annual Festival of Young Artists exhibit includes works by students at Paul Banks, West Homer, McNeil Canyon, Fireweed Academy, Razdolna, and Port Graham schools. Jubilee ise on exhibit in the Art Gallery, April 1-30.
See what these amazing youth are creating in our own communities!
The Pratt Museum is pleased to announce that, thanks to a benevolent anonymous donor, its 9.8 acres of wooded property has increased to over 10 acres. A generous financial gift was presented to the museum in December 2015, and the property was purchased soon thereafter.
Situated between the Legislative Information Office and Hopped Up Espresso, this new addition connects the Pratt’s grounds directly to Pioneer Avenue. To honor Woodard Creek and extend its trail system, the Pratt will work to pull a crew together to build a trail extension down to Pioneer Avenue along the creek, which flows through the property.
If you’d like to sign up to help with trail work this spring, please email to email@example.com, stop by the front desk, or call the Pratt Museum at 235-8635.
Just in: Updated Renderings of the Building Exterior, Floor Plan, and Site!
Over the past few months, Pratt project architects, engineers and staff have been developing the new building design and site plan.
One change to the previous schematic design includes the location of air handling systems, creating a new roof line. Tweaks have also been made to remove the need for pillars in the main gallery and gain more overhead space for the gray whale. To better account for existing slopes and handicapped access, the Phase 1 Site Plan has been modified.
Design Development will be completed in early August, and construction drawings will be completed in the fall. We will be shovel-ready by the end of the year!
Substantive planning work on aquaria and exhibit design is in the works and we’ll have some exciting drawings to show off very soon! Exhibit design will continue through 2016.
Fundraising also continues. We expect the State’s budget situation will delay the construction timeline. We are working on other sources of funding in lieu of the remaining piece of the State appropriation that was originally requested.