Sealaska Heritage



(2017 Schedule of Events)

Artist in Residence

(Application) SHI operates an artist-in-residence program at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. The purpose of the program is to encourage study of Northwest Coast art practices. Artists in residence may choose from two dedicated spaces on the main floor: the Delores Churchill Artist-In-Residence Studio and the monumental art space, a dedicated area for artists creating large-size Northwest Coast art pieces. The program provides artists with the dedicated work areas and access to the institute's archives, library and ethnographic and art collections for study. Artists must apply for the residency and commit to a minimum of two weeks.

Juried Art Show and Competition

Sealaska Heritage Institute'™s Juried Art Show is a biennial show and competition for Native art held in conjunction with Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival. The goals of the Juried Art Show are:
  • To encourage and enhance the creation and production of Southeast Alaska Native objects of artistic value which 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

First Friday

(Register) Sealaska Heritage and the Sealaska Heritage Store participate in Juneau’s First Friday, a monthly celebration of the arts.  We provide space for artists to demonstrate and sell their work in the Walter Soboleff Building. First Friday events occur from 4:30-8:00pm on the first Friday of each month. SHI’s waives our usual $5 fee for admission into the exhibit and Shuká Hít (clan house) and we plan to have performing artists in Shuká Hít during these events. We expect a steady stream of visitors coming through. Artists who want to participate must register with SHI.

Northwest Coast Art Markets

Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors a major Northwest Coast Art Market during Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival. SHI also sponsors art markets in conjunction with various programs.  And, SHI recruits artists to participate in First Friday every month and Gallery Walk in December (register for First Friday and Gallery Walk) . SHI also operates the Sealaska Heritage Store and frequently seeks quality Native art to sell. If you are interested in selling arts-and-craft products at wholesale prices or consigning art to SHI, please email a photo, description and wholesale or consignment price to

Tináa Art Auction

In 2014, SHI held its first Tinaa Art Auction to raise funds for the Walter Soboleff Building. The artists floored us with their generosity and by the first-rate pieces they donated for the event. More than 50 artists gave pieces ranging in value from $500 to $55,000. Donations included exquisite work such as a bentwood chest, a large mask, a helmet, original paintings, weavings, beadwork, glass pieces and even a dugout canoe!

We held the auction in the middle of winter in a place that is fairly remote from serious collectors. But we not only sold out, we had to add more tables to accommodate more than 350 patrons. In the end, the auction raised more than $300,000. And, an original painting donated by master artist Robert Davidson became the inspiration behind the monumental art that will be featured on the facade of the new building. More than 500 people contributed to the event, including nearly 40 volunteers and 32 sponsors. (News article: Tináa Art Auction a big success)

Next Auction: September 29, 2017, Centennial Hall, Juneau

If you are interested in donating art or sponsoring the auction, contact Carmaleeda Estrada at


SHI sponsors art workshops for students of Northwest Coast art practices, such as skin sewing, weaving, carving and formline designs.

Next: Skin-Sewing Class, Feb. 24-25 and March 4, 2017, Juneau

(Register) (Flyer) SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Juneau with teacher Louise Kadinger. The three-day class is limited to 15 participants. A $100 fee covers all materials needed to make a skin product. Deadline to register is 4 pm, Feb. 17. For more information contact Davina Cole at

Upcoming: Spruce Root Gathering, May 12-14, 2017, Juneau, Juneau Airport

For more information contact Davina Cole at

Upcoming: Model Canoe Workshop, May 20-25, 2017, Klawock

Dates are tentative. For more information contact Davina Cole at

Upcoming: Model Canoe Workshop, June 3-8, 2017, Kake

Dates are tentative. For more information contact Davina Cole at

Upcoming: Spruce-Root Apprenticeship with Delores Churchill, July 31-August 12

For more information contact Davina Cole at

Upcoming: Spruce-Root Weaving with Delores Churchill, August 31-September 12, Juneau, Gajaa Hít

For more information contact Davina Cole at

Northwest Coast Native Artist Database

(Register) Sealaska Heritage encourages Native artists to register to be advised of opportunities such as artist markets; teaching/learning classes including Master/Apprentice teams; 1% for art/Public art notices; grants and funding opportunities and more.