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.
June 27 - September 21, 2014
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: America By Food
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
History in the Making:
June 1 – September 30th, 2012. Opening Reception 5-7:00 PM - Friday, June 1, 2012
Merged Lifestyles of Kachemak Bay
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.
February 3 - May 27, 2012 Qupak
November 11 – December 30, Who Has Lived Here
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.
October 7–November 3, Ritz Art
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:
July 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.
April 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.
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