Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits and Art Collections change and grow. Handmade quilts created by volunteers depict local themes of wildflowers, marine mammals, historic buildings, and more. Showings of fine art by Kenai Peninsula artists broaden our perspectives. The Museum hosts exhibits addressing a wide variety of themes, issues, and artistic disciplines throughout a calendar year. These changing exhibits include: an Alaskan Native theme, history, science, art, and various thematic collaborations.

Exhibit Proposals

Forms are now available for exhibit proposal for the 2016 calendar year. Whether you’re dreaming of a solo, group, or multimedia art installation, or taking a scientific, historical, or interdisciplinary look at this place we call home, we want to hear your proposals and ideas. Proposals should fit within the museum’s mission and values, and explore the culture, science and/or art of the Kachemak Bay region and its place in the world.

We've updated the proposal form, so please explore the following form and instructions. You can also peruse floorplans for potential exhibit sites. To be considered for the 2016 calendar year, Please submit proposals by January 15, 2015. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Scott Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits at 435-3335 or sbartlett@prattmuseum.org.

Exhibit Proposal Form Exhibit Proposal Guidelines Exhibit Proposal floorplans


Learn more about our current, upcoming, or recent special exhibits. Please visit our calendar for our schedule of special exhibit opening receptions.

Current Exhibits



Upcoming Exhibits

Women Who Run with the Tides

Opening Reception
Friday, November 7, 5-7 PM
Artist talk at 5:30

In 2013, several of us were reflecting on our early days in Kachemak Bay 25-35 years ago. We chatted about how our experiences then significantly impacted who we were becoming as young women artists. As we continued to discuss, we realized that those powerful Kachemak Bay experiences not only formed who we were becoming as artists but also how they continue to inform our artistic lives even today, regardless of where we live. From that conversation a plan was hatched to invite this dynamic group of about 30 current and former Kachemak Bay women artists to create new work for an art exhibition to be held at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska.

-- Kim Terpening and Nancy Wise, exhibit curators

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Pratt Museum has produced a catalog featuring new work by each artist in the show. The catalog is 66 pages, full color, and retails for $24.95. Copies will be available at the Pratt on November 7.



Communities, Disaster, and Change
September 18 - October 18, 2014

Opening Reception
September 19, 5-7 PM

Featuring 28 of Alaska’s finest artists addressing the theme of
natural disasters’ effects on their communities.

The exhibition Communities, Disaster, and Change was organized by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. The Pratt Museum is the first venue of a multi-site tour through 2015.


June 27 - September 21, 2014
Opening Friday, June 27, 5-7 pm; Artist Talk at 6 pm

How does one define the sacred? Nearly 30 years ago, artist Jo Going knelt beside a caribou skeleton on the tundra of the Alaskan Interior. She realized that “bones carry the spirits of the animals, a lasting essence of presence, that they are relics, holy and venerable.” Going continued to collect bones from the taiga and incorporate them into her own work. Paleolithic and Neolithic art, as well as Italian church reliquaries venerating the bones of saints, inspired Reliquary, an exhibit nearly three decades in the making. Reliquary invites visitors to connect with the spirit presence of animals, and contemplate our shared sacred impulse. 


Invisible in their own homeland. About half of Alaska’s residents live in traditional Dena’ina territory, but there is little awareness of the indigenous people who have called Southcentral Alaska home for more than 1,000 years. Meet the Dena’ina through film, life-size re-creations, images, hands-on learning stations, audio and original artifacts, as well as a rich series of special events.

The Pratt Museum is proud to be the first site to host this traveling exhibition, and the only venue outside of Anchorage to feature original artifacts.

The exhibition, Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living, was organized by the Anchorage Museum. Major support for traveling the exhibition has been generously provided by the Rasmuson Foundation. Additional support for the Pratt Museum installation has been provided by Apache Alaska Corporation, The CIRI Foundation, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Seldovia Village Tribe, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Homer.


Key Ingredients

Key Ingredients: America By Food
April 4 - May 15

What are kolaces, spaetzle and pierogies? Most of don't give a second thought about the wealth of history and culture that shapes our dining habits and taste preferences. Our recipes, menus, ceremonies, and etiquette are directly shaped by our country’s rich immigrant experience, the history and innovations of food preparation technology, and the ever-changing availability of key ingredients. 

Through a selection of artifacts, photographs, and illustrations, Key Ingredients examines the evolution of the American kitchen and how food industries have responded to the technological innovations that have enabled Americans to choose an ever-wider variety of frozen, prepared, and fresh foods. Key Ingredients also looks beyond the home to restaurants, diners, and celebrations that help build a sense of community through food.

The exhibition addresses farming, table manners, history, markets, and kitchen gadgets in a lively presentation that stimulates comparisons of back then and right now, over there and right here. The exhibition will engage audiences everywhere, creating conversations and inspiring community recollection and celebration.

Putting By: Food and Identity on the Kenai
May 16 - June 22

In northern climates, the vast majority of local food is only available during the short summer months. Food cultivation, hunting, and gathering must be coordinated and the harvest made to last through winter. Safely stored food is not just consumed, but used in trade, given as gifts and shared at potlucks. In some cases, winter preservation is necessary for the subsequent growing season.

During the exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food, museum visitors reflect upon food traditions and seasons. Putting By combines visitor feedback, the content of public events including a community conversation, historical photographs and food-reflective artworks to explore the importance of Putting By for our region, and how our own food traditions reflect our identities.




Opening reception Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7pm
Fossil Day : Saturday, February 22, 1-3pm

Explore the prehistoric Tertiary Period through plant and sea life fossils set alongside their modern-day examples. Paleontology shows just how drastically our local environment has changed—and hints at the importance of understanding our fossil history.

This exhibit is supported in part by Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Homer, ConocoPhillips, and Petro Marine Services.



When Crab Was King:
From Kodiak to Kachemak Bay

November 8 - December 31, 2013
Opening reception Friday, November 8, 5-7 pm

This special exhibit combines Kodiak Maritime
Museum's When Crab Was King: Faces of the
Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982
, with stories of the king crab fishery in Kachemak Bay.

When Crab Was King: Faces of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982 features portraits of 24 individuals that experienced the boom years of the Kodiak King Crab fishery, as well as oral histories presenting each of their stories. In the Pratt Museum's presentation, you'll also be able to view historic films, hear stories from local fishermen, learn about the biology of the local fishery and recent efforts to re-establish king crab, and inspect a live brood of juvenile crabs in our own saltwater tank.

When Crab Was King

This exhibit is supported in part by Kodiak Maritime Museum with support from Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council on
the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Homer, and contributions from the Homer fishing community.



Ritz at the Moulin Rouge

Ritz 2013: Art Preview Exhibit
October 4 - October 30, 2013

Opening Reception:

First Friday, October 4, 5 pm - 7 pm

Ritz 2013: Moulin Rouge
Dinner, Music, Art & Experience Auctions Saturday, November 2, 2013
6:30 pm - 10 pm at Wasabi's



Beneath the Surface
August 2 - September 29

Opening reception Friday, Aug. 2, 5-7pm
Artist talk at 5:15 pm

Paintings by Rebecca Crowell
Artifacts from the Pratt Museum Collection
Sound design by David Crowell

Beneath the Surface

This exhibit explores the beauty and mystery of archaeology, with abstract paintings by Rebecca Crowell that references archaeological processes, and artifacts excavated in the Kenai Peninsula. Compositions and sound design by composer David Crowell accompany the visual display.

This exhibit is supported in part by Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Homer, Apache, and Petro Marine.


Encounters: Whales in Our Waters
February 1 - July 21, 2013

Encounters: Whales in Our Waters

Explore the variety of encounters we have with the whales in our own waters – from the frequently seen humpback and killer whales, to the rare beaked whale, historic beluga, and more. Featuring the newly completed Homer Community Gray Whale Skeleton Project, this exhibit also presents whale identification, biology, traditional knowledge, and conservation issues surrounding cetaceans.

This exhibit is supported in part by Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Homer, The Skaggs Foundation, Apache, The Jenson Fund, The Daisy Lee Bitter Marine and Coastal Education Fund, and Donor-advised funds from the Homer Foundation


Pratt Quilt Show 2012 History in the Making:
Quilts, Quilters and their Stories
November 9 - December 30, 2012















Ritz 2012: Art Preview Exhibit
First Friday, October 5 - October 31, 2012
5 pm - 7 pm

Ritz 2012: The Winter Palace
Saturday, November 3, 2012
7:30 pm - 10 pm @ Wasabi's

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June 1 – September 30th, 2012. Opening Reception 5-7:00 PM - Friday, June 1, 2012

Merged Lifestyles of Kachemak Bay
by Marian Beck

This solo exhibition features pieces that reflect on Marian Beck's life in Halibut Cove, her relationship to the land of this region and to the waters of Kachemak Bay.

Expressing a distinctly personal view, Beck's evocative paintings reveal her experiences and the change from wilderness to the modern world. "Life on the Bay has so many chapters. Each of these 17 paintings represents the first line of a chapter, or even an entire book," said Marian Beck in her artist's statement.




qupakFebruary 3 - May 27, 2012 Qupak
Currently in the Special Exhibits Gallery, the Pratt Museum is proud to present Qupak: New Works by renowned Alaska Native artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs. A diverse Athabascan, Inupiaq, Irish, and German background influences her art, mixing Western with traditional Native culture, organic and modern materials and man with nature. Through her mixed media painting and sculpture, Kelliher-Combs offers a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context. Visit www.sonyakellihercombs.com for more information. Through May 27, 2012.




LivedNovember 11 – December 30, Who Has Lived Here
An Art and Science Collaborative featuring Archaeological Research on the Kenai. Opening Reception, Friday, November 11th, 5-7 pm

Through this art and science collaborative, the museum hopes to foster collaboration between scientists and artists. Throughout the past year, community-wide presentations have been held focusing on current scientific information and research related to archaeology in our region.









ritz2011October 7–November 3, Ritz Art
An eclectic exhibit of donated artwork will be on display in the Special Exhibits gallery as a prelude to our annual fundraiser celebration on November 5th. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 7th, 5-7pm. Come view this year's selection of artwork.

This year, our theme will be Ancient Ritz: A Night on the Nile. Tickets for the Ritz event can be purchased at the museum admittance desk for $75. This mysterious evening will feature:

▲ Alaskan Art
▲ Alaska Experience Packages
▲ Abundant Hors D' oeuvres
▲ Desserts and Coffee
▲ Entertainment
▲ The Afterlife at Alice's Champagne Palace.

View our fabulous flyer for the event!
Review the auction items in our virtual exhibit!




birchJuly 1 - October 2, Boreal Birch: Art and Science in the Northern Forest will feature work by three of Alaska’s best known artists—Margo Klass, Barry McWayne, and Kesler Woodward—who have worked together for two years with University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Kimberley Maher to produce this exhibition exploring Alaska’s birch trees from a variety of perspectives. In their paintings, photographs, and mixed-media sculpture, the three artists “talk” with one another and with their scientist partner about birches, presenting this signature feature of the boreal forest as image, symbol, and natural element. Opening Reception Friday, July 1st 5:00 – 7:00 PM.


mayscottApril 15 - June 26, Bristol Bay Sculptures and Photographs by Maygen Jannetta and Scott Dickerson.  In this exhibit, Maygen and Scott collaborate to explore the dynamic sentiments of Bristol Bay. This engaging show will steep its viewers in the beauty and complexity of the region. Opening reception on April 15 from 5-7pm.



April 1- May 8, Jubilee 2011 - Celebrating Young Artists!” Art from local students is on exhibit in our Contemporary Art Gallery.


mscholl February – March 2011 Marjorie Scholl, Landscapes: Marjorie Scholl’s much-anticipated solo show explores the dynamic landscapes of Kachemak Bay. In this series of large landscapes, she layers paint and uses subtle shifts in color value to depict the head of the bay to the volcanoes of the Ring of Fire. While there is no substitute for seeing these large (5.75 ft X 4 ft) canvases in person, you can view this special exhibit on line at Marjorie Scholl's online gallery.


November 12 through December 30, 2010

Few places in the world experience the tidal extremes that occur in the waters of Kachemak Bay. Twenty-two foot high tides are contrasted with minus-five foot low tidal exchanges. Whether clamming at low tide, boating safely home at high tide, or repairing a boat hull on the harbor's dry dock, local community members need to have knowledge of the tides. Living by the Tides explores the way local identities are shaped by the forces of a dramatic, ever-changing tide.


Browse older Special Exhibits in our Archive