Neva Mathias head shot from 2021 SJ post

Artist-in-Residence Program

2024, At Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka


This summer and fall, the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program will include the following artists:

  • Lisa Lynch, Inupiaq painter and beader (June 11-July 2)
  • Neva Mathias, Cup’ik grass weaver and dance fan maker (July 23-Aug. 11)
  • Jim Hart, Tlingit carver (Aug 20-Sept. 8)
  • Tina Harness, Yup’ik beader (Sept. 12-Oct. 2)
  • Denali McGlashan, Unangax painter (Oct. 3-Oct. 24)

In addition to creating art at the museum and studying the permanent collection, resident artists will also hold lectures and hands-on-classes. The talks and classes will likely be held in-person but may also be on Zoom. Details on talks and classes will be announced soon. Contact the museum for information about each class.

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is underwritten by the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and is made possible with support from the Friends, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska Airlines, the Baranov Lodge, and private donors. To find out how to support the residency program or for future calendars of events, visit

Above information is from an April 24, 2024 press release provided by Jacqueline Fernandez-Hamberg, Curator of Collections, Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Ed. note:  photo above is Neva Mathias, who was an SJ Museum artist-in-residence in an earlier year; she also appears below at her SJ work table.  Photo #2 below is of Sitka artist Robert Hoffman, who has taught formline classes in earlier years at SJ Museum. Photo #3 below is James Hart, Haines carver, in his workshop in Haines (photo & article by Corinne Smith, KHNS, May 21, 2022).