Explore the Sitka Center's campus and hear from guest speakers about art, ecology and culture. Mingling starts at 4:30pm and presentations begin at 5:00pm in Boyden Studio. This is free and open to the public.
June 19 Ebenezor Galluzo
What would it be like to have the water, the trees and the earth be the central mirrors in which we look to see ourselves? Photographic artist and Sitka 2020 Blue Sky photography resident Ebenezer Galluzzo will share work from his ongoing As I Am portrait series, which questions and deconstructs societal narratives that assume being transgender or gender non-conforming is unnatural. In this talk, Galluzzo will reflect on his Sitka residency and explore the themes of body, gender, self-acceptance and humanness as a part of nature that are central to his art making.
July 17 Christina Burke
Christina Burke is a museum curator who focuses on Native American artistic traditions and their contemporary expressions. For more than 30 years she has worked at institutions from the Smithsonian in Washington, DC to RedCloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on various collaborative projects and exhibitions.
Burke researches Lakota tribal histories, known as “winter counts,” that recorded significant events for Native communities, including unusual environmental phenomena like prairie fires, extreme winters and even meteor showers. She will share examples of historical ecological occurrences as recorded by Lakota people and explore how contemporaryIndigenous artists are expressing concern for our environment today.
Sept. 18 Lee Vander Voo
Lee van der Voo is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon. She will read from her upcoming book, As the World Burns, which look sat youth and climate change through the lens of a landmark lawsuit brought by21 young plaintiffs against the U.S. government. Van der Voo is the author of The Fish Market, and her work has appeared in Reuters, the NewYork Times, High Country News, the Atlantic, Slate, the Guardian and other publications.
Please note before van der Voo's reading, there will be a 4:15pm procession around the Sitka campus featuring creations from the “Becoming the Wild” workshop. Join in by donning masks, headdresses, costumes or just attitudes celebrating the wild.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions at 541.994.5485 or email us.